The Los Angeles Lakers have had some lows this season. From Kobe Bryant's historically bad shooting to hoped for franchise point guard and 2015 second overall pick D'Angelo Russell being benched for multiple fourth quarters, the team has had no shortage of reasons to be sad. But the new low point for the current iteration of the Lakers might be the team's most recent loss, a 103-91 defeat to the previously 0-18 Philadelphia 76ers. After the game, it sounded like the negativity might be getting to the team.
"Too much negativity going around in the atmosphere and it's starting to bother us, starting to get to all of us," said Nick Young, as transcribed by Serena Winters of Lakers Nation. "They (the 76ers) would have had the worst start in NBA history, that puts us at the bottom of the totem pole." Young, who received just 12 minutes of playing time in the defeat, chalked the loss up to a lack of effort from the Lakers. "They just played harder than us, man. I just don't know what to say no more."
Young has quietly been one of the more effective options for the Lakers this season with a career high 56.9% true shooting percentage, but he did not have any serious solutions for how the Lakers could bounce back against the Washington Wizards on the second night of the Lakers' back to back, also the team's fourth game in five nights:
Nick Young on what the team needs to do tomorrow in DC: "not be a circus act" #goodluck— Shahan Ahmed (@shahanLA) December 2, 2015
NBA players are some of the most competitive people on the planet, so it makes sense that the team would feel a bit down after their seventh straight loss, especially when it came to a team that previously had yet to win a single game. Whether this negativity is a cloud on the horizon signaling a future storm in the locker room, or if it will just blow over is worth watching as the Lakers embark on an eight game road trip to begin December.