There just isn’t much to be written about this Los Angeles Lakers team right now, but I have a word count to get to so I guess I’ll try.
This week in “The Lakers Lounge,” Harrison Faigen and I tried to gather our thoughts from a second consecutive loss — with the Lakers falling 107-104 this time — to an Oklahoma City Thunder team that might win 15 games all season. But as easy as it would be to rant and rave (though to be clear, there’s plenty of that, too), it’s more productive to try to figure out where some of what has ailed the Lakers thus far gets fixed.
The depressing part, however, are some of the answers.
It’s borderline terrifying how much hinges upon a 36-year-old, post-surgery Trevor Ariza and a 21-year-old, relatively unproven Talen Horton-Tucker hopefully succeeding at a position we haven’t seen him at very much. If either of those guys fall short of expectations, then I legitimately don’t know how this gets fixed.
All that is before we find out more about Anthony Davis’ sprained finger and LeBron James’ abdominal muscles. If both of those guys miss any time, the Lakers’ depth in terms of players 6’7 or taller is literally three people: Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan.
Maybe guys starting to get healthy and figuring some things out defensively will turn everything around. I find that unlikely, but it’s fair to hope so. Because right now, hope is basically all the Lakers have.
If things don’t turn around, though, someone is going to have to answer for the way this roster was put together. In Rob we trust, or whatever.
And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.