The Los Angeles Lakers played the team’s third game of the season on Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings. Los Angeles showed a lot of fight to battle back from a slow start but could not execute in overtime, falling to 1-2 on the season as a result.
There are 79 games left to play and fans should not be concerned in the slightest about a 1-2 start. This is a Lakers team that is still figuring out its identity while working out the kinks that come with a new NBA season.
The book is still being written about the 2023-24 Lakers but there is one chapter that might already be written in pen. Gabe Vincent turned in a particularly bad performance against Sacramento, and while the season is very young, it already looks like the Lakers may regret signing him to a three-year deal.
Gabe Vincent is already proving to be a disastrous Lakers signing
Vincent played 31 minutes for the Lake Show against the Kings and did not do much of anything. The veteran guard scored just two points with three rebounds while shooting 1-3 from the field. His defense did not come close to making up for the lack of offensive production that Vincent had.
More importantly, Vincent committed one of the most boneheaded plays possible late in the fourth quarter. After the team finally scratched back to tie the game late, Vincent unnecessarily fouled a mile from the basket to give Sacramento two free throws to take the lead. LeBron James would ultimately tie it again on the ensuing possession, but the careless foul almost cost the Lakers the game.
This is not the first game that Vincent has struggled, either. Vincent played over 30 minutes against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday and did not impress at all, causing Lakers fans to hold a mini-rebellion on social media.
This isn’t hindsight-driven, either. The Vincent signing was a bad signing when it happened over the summer. We here at Lake Show Life tried to warn our readers of this reality. Vincent had one good playoff run after a career of mediocre play in the regular season.
If the Chicago Bulls hadn’t blown it against the Miami Heat in the play-in then Vincent probably re-signs with Miami for the league minimum. Instead, he got $33 million from the purple and gold.
It has taken three games for Lakers fans to realize this reality and unless Vincent turns it around and completely changes who he is as a player, chances are fans will be calling for him to be traded in February.