ESPN made some headlines (as is usually the goal with arbitrary rankings) by projecting the Los Angeles Lakers to finish with the third-worst record in the NBA, and worst overall in the Western Conference. Many fans disagreed, and so did a few Lakers, according to Larry Nance, Jr.
“All of us saw that ESPN came out and said 'oh, you guys are supposed to finish last in the Western Conference.' We all kind of scoffed at that because I think we're going to be better than people think we are,” Nance, Jr. told Alex Kennedy on the Basketball Insiders podcast. “So we take stuff like that and use it is motivation, so I don't know if there's an exact number [of wins] that we want to hit, but it's going to be higher than what most people think."
Could the Lakers really be better than people think? Host Harrison Faigen is joined by Gary Kester of Lakers Outsiders to discuss their thoughts on where the Lakers will end up in the standings, and whether or not they are being overlooked.
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