The Los Angeles Lakers will unofficially start their quest for back-to-back NBA championships on Friday with a preseason game against the Clippers.
In the grand scheme of things, the preseason doesn’t mean anything, especially for a veteran-heavy team coming off of a successful championship run like the Lakers are, and doubly so with LeBron James and Anthony Davis set to miss (at least) the first game.
However, there are a few players that could benefit from the preseason. And pn today’s episode of “The 30,” part of the Silver Screen and Roll podcast network, our hosts Jas Kang and Christian Rivas identified who those players are, and explained why they may have something to gain from performing well in the preseason for the defending champs. It’s unlikely that anyone will make an unexpected bid for a starting job in the preseason, but someone could earn regular minutes as a result of their play during the team’s four exhibition games over the next few weeks.
After that, they also dug into why preseason games should be taken with a massive grain of salt, especially for players who will have different roles once James and Davis start playing their normal minutes for the Lakers again and when games start to matter a bit more than these mostly meaningless exhibitions.
To wrap up the show, Jas and Christian talked about ESPN’s top 100 NBA players list, in which James and Davis were named the two best players in the entire league.
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You can follow Jas on Twitter at @jaskang21, and Christian at @RadRivas.