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On what is and isn’t a preseason overreaction

Could the Kings blowing out of the Lakers in their preseason home opener be a harbinger of another disappointing season, or simply mere noise?

The winning ingredient missing from the Lakers’ championship recipe

Without an athletic wing to slot between LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers might be unable to make the most of their superstar duo.

Film Study: Breaking down Matt Ryan’s shooting ability

Let’s take a closer look at the film of new Lakers wing player Matt Ryan.

Russell Westbrook is still a Laker. Now what?

The Lakers are starting another season with Russell Westbrook and need to figure out how to improve upon the results of the last one.

Three burning questions heading into Lakers Media Day

We may finally be getting answers to some lingering questions as we get our first glimpse at this year’s new Lakers squad.

What college sports could LeBron James excel at?

LeBron James has expressed an interest in playing college sports, so what ones would he have the most success in?

Dennis Schröder is back and could be an X-factor for the Lakers this season

A familiar face returning isn’t new for the Lakers, but Dennis Schröder’s situation is much different than the re-runs of years past.

What will season 20 look like for a 38-year-old LeBron James?

Father Time is undefeated, but so is LeBron... for now. How much longer can the King continue his reign?

What We Don’t Remember: Anthony Davis’s bubble game-winner vs. Denver

Although it wasn’t long ago, there are likely certain plays and storylines you may not remember from the thrilling Game 2 of the 2020 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Nuggets.

Can Anthony Davis be the key for the Lakers this season?

So many legacy-defining questions will be answered by Anthony Davis’ performance this season, all of which will determine whether he is capable of being a franchise superstar for the Lakers’ present and future.

Is Patrick Beverley’s return to L.A. a blessing or a burden?

Just a season removed from the conclusion of his three-year tenure on Los Angeles’ other basketball team, the Lakers are banking on Patrick Beverley’s ability to be a bulldog, so long as he can help from barking at his own teammates.

Will Lonnie Walker IV be the next great Baby Laker?

With THT out of the organization, the Lakers could be in the market for a new poster child for the youth movement.

What are reasonable expectations for Russell Westbrook if he returns?

With every passing day it looks more and more likely that Russell Westbrook will return to the Lakers this season. If he does return, what are reasonable expectations for him?

Will Kendrick Nunn show up this season?

There hasn’t been clarity about whether or not Kendrick Nunn has participated in 5-on-5 workouts or if he’ll be ready to go by training camp, so his status this season is still very much up in the air.

If Russell Westbrook isn’t traded, should the Lakers send him home?

Russell Westbrook looks increasingly likely to be on the early season Lakers roster. Is sending him home the right move?

Can Damian Jones find success within the Lakers’ recent big-man formula?

The 27-year-old could be on track to have the best season of his career.

Simulating the Lakers 2022-23 season in NBA 2K

The Lakers may not be that fun on paper right now heading into the season, so let’s change things up on NBA 2K23 as we simulate the season.

Is Thomas Bryant the perfect frontcourt partner for Anthony Davis?

By bringing some hypothetical shooting and rim protection to the center spot, Thomas Bryant could be the Lakers’ best complement to Anthony Davis yet.

NBA 2K23 makes strides, but continues to miss the point

While NBA 2K23 takes some steps forward, it still seems to miss the point in other important areas that hold it back.

Could Troy Brown Jr. be the Lakers’ best 3-and-D wing?

Without an overwhelming clubhouse favorite to nail down a consistent role as both a shooter and stopper, could Troy Brown Jr. end up earning the biggest role of his career?

Darvin Ham is the right coach at the wrong time for the Lakers

There’s plenty of optimism to be had with the Lakers’ hire of Darvin Ham, but will the challenges this season cause his head coaching career to start in the worst way possible?

Can Juan Toscano Anderson be the ideal role player alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis?

From undrafted to NBA champion, Juan Toscano-Anderson’s next big challenge is fitting in beside the Lakers’ superstars.

Could Austin Reaves find his way into the Lakers’ starting lineup?

After the last couple months of the 2021-22 season saw Austin Reaves regress a bit from what was a blistering start to his rookie campaign, could he begin his second pro season as a starter for one of the league’s highest-profile franchises?

Will Wenyen Gabriel have his contract fully guaranteed this season by the Lakers?

Gabriel joined the Lakers late last season and became one of their more solid contributors. However, with what is hopefully a much better roster this season, will Gabriel be able to stick around?

Can Max Christie be an instant contributor for the Lakers this season?

Max Christie’s theoretical upside is intriguing, but for him to succeed on this Lakers team, it’ll boil down to how quickly he can adjust to the professional level.

Is the door still open for LeBron James to return to the Cavaliers in 2024?

The Cavaliers made the blockbuster trade of the summer by landing Donovan Mitchell. Even then, could the door still be open for LeBron James to return to Cleveland?

The Lakers badly mismanaged Talen Horton-Tucker’s situation

Once an uber-promising prospect, the Lakers cutting bait with Talen Horton-Tucker this offseason shows how badly they mismanaged the entire situation.

Film study: Is Patrick Beverley exactly what the doctor ordered for the Lakers?

Lets break down the film on the newest member of the Lakers, Patrick Beverley.

The Lakers are getting the antithesis of Russell Westbrook in Patrick Beverley

Although the long-feuding point guards share similarities, the Lakers are likely banking on Beverley’s differences to help correct their current course.

What We Don’t Remember: Robert Horry’s game-winner vs. the Kings

Robert Horry made one of the most miraculous game-winners in 2002 against the Kings, but what happened before that moment that set up Big Shot Rob to show why he earned that nickname?

The Lakers should waste no time in getting a Russell Westbrook trade deal done now

The Lakers need to pounce on a deal with the Indiana Pacers or Utah Jazz now instead of wasting another year with Russell Westbrook, who likely won’t want to be in Los Angeles anyways after hearing his name in trade talks all summer.

Film study: What Juan Toscano-Anderson brings to the squad

With a unique blend of defensive versatility and playmaking creativity, Juan Toscano-Anderson’s potential value to the Lakers this season could go far beyond his guaranteed contribution as a superlative teammate.

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