At this point of the season, with the playoffs completely out of reach and very little else to play for, it’s hard to identify silver linings for an NBA team like the Lakers. But those who have figured out ways to be successful for lengthy careers like Tyson Chandler know to take advantage of teachable moments whenever they present themselves.
According to Chandler, the rest of the seaso can serves as one long lesson to the rest of the young Lakers if they pay attention to LeBron James.
“He’s out there working,” Chandler told reporters after the Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings last Sunday. “It shows a lot to young players to continue to see him day to day, come in with his routine no matter what circumstances are, no matter what is going on around him. He’s just a consummate pro and it’s the reason why he is who he is, and it’ll continue to help these younger guys in the locker room by witnessing it.”
As frustrating as this season has been, Chandler is absolutely correct on this. D’Angelo Russell has recently spoken a couple of times on the difference he’s noticed once he figured out and followed a nightly routine, and he’s far from the only player to figure this out. Just about every player ever has taken a significant step forward when they paid closer attention to the details that go into improving in professional sports.
While James is obviously hugely talented, a ton of work went and goes into getting this good and staying at that level for as long as he has. If a single member of the Lakers young core learns anything from this and implements that in their own daily approach to the game, this season might not be a complete waste.