The Los Angeles Lakers started their road trip down in Memphis to play against the Ja’ Morant-less Memphis Grizzlies. The Lake Show wanted to add momentum to the much addressed Anthony Davis goal of ten straight games to get the Lakers back into championship relevancy. Whether the Lakers get to that goal is unclear. What is clear is that no matter how much the media spreads rumors (and this writer checks his calendar waiting!) about the security of Frank Vogel’s job, he’s going nowhere.
After LeBron James went public on his view of Vogel’s performance, Lakers owner Ms. Jeanie Buss made it clear that his performance will NOT BE JUDGED until the Lakers have all of their players healthy via NBA.com.
"“Until we’re 100% healthy, I don’t think you can really make any judgment,” Buss said. “We’re as connected as any organization can be, I really don’t know what you’re looking for me to say. I would say until we’re 100 percent healthy, I won’t make any judgments about anything.”"
The staff of Lake Show Life won’t make any more judgments about Frank Vogel either for three reasons.
- Number one, this site has watched Frank Vogel do the same thing so many times we could literally copy the preseason reports and paste them here. For the first time in this writer’s career plagiarism could come into play.
- Number two, the Los Angeles Lakers are not going to pay for two coaches. Forget the $700 million deal for arena naming rights, they will cry broke.
- Number three…if the front office is really trying to justify waiting on a third-year player in Kendrick Nunn and Trevor Ariza, a player that played on the last championship team that KOBE BRYANT PLAYED ON, they don’t care and why should we at this point.
The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 108-95 to fall back to .500 (again!). They played listless and sloppy (again!) and overlooked an opponent playing without two of their best players in Ja’ Morant and Dillion Brooks…again.
This sequence summed up the Lakers night…enjoy!
The good from the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss:
LeBron James got the 100th triple-double of his career!
Listen to Lakers and LeBron apologists that think this team will be a top-four team by playoff time and this will be the narrative to cover the stench of this embarrassing loss. Give him credit, he came out on fire in the opening half.
LeBron James finished with 20 points (7-15 shooting!), 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Throw in 4 steals and 2 blocks, you would think he played a great game. Nope. This was an uneven performance where his production evaporated in the second half. He had other issues that will be covered later.
Quietly, Avery Bradley played the most consistent two-way basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers!
You can really tell the staff of Lake Show Life is struggling to find positives in this game. But yes, Bradley really was one of the few players that really competed every minute on the floor. He still plays solid on the ball defense and his shot was falling in this game. He scored 10 points on 4-5 shooting including two shots from the land of the extra point. Why is this impressive? You try and go out and shoot jumpers with a thumb that really needs surgery to heal correctly. If his contract was guaranteed, he might have had it considering it’s the same injury Talen Horton-Tucker had.
Plus he was the only Lakers player that played extensive minutes in this game that didn’t turn the ball over. Read on to see how his teammates handled the ball and then you will understand.
Dwight Howard’s 3 point shooting!
Fun fact: Dwight Howard is shooting 6-8 from behind the line for the season. Anthony Davis is shooting around 19 percent. Did anyone have that on their bingo card for this 21-22 season?
They play the Oklahoma City Thunder next!
The Grizzlies beat the Thunder by 73 points which is an NBA record and led in the game as much as 78. The Lakers can easily win this game…right?