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It’s hard to comfortably rely on either Russell Westbrook or Kyrie Irving but that’s where the Lakers and Nets find themselves. Does a swap make sense for either side? Both?
The Lakers are doing all they can to convince teams they’re willing to run it back with Russell Westbrook. Is anyone buying their bluff?
The Lakers are closing in on a new head coach this offseason, but will that change the team’s plans for Russell Westbrook?
The Mavericks have gotten pretty far with Luka Doncic handling a big chunk of their creativity. Can the Lakers still rely on LeBron James in such a fashion?
Lakers stars (ok one in particular) struggled with accountability this year. Could Jason Kidd have helped in that regard?
The Lakers don’t have many great options this offseason, but bringing Russell Westbrook back feels like the worst of all of them.
Sunday featured a pair of Game 7s, one featuring the Celtics - yuck - winning and the other featuring the Mavericks obliterating the Suns and may serve as vindication for the Lakers.
The Lakers have fairly emptily preached accountability following a disastrous season. Hiring Doc Rivers would’ve represented a further misunderstanding of what they need to learn to turn things around.
Does Quin Snyder’s reported lack of interest in the Lakers job show where the team’s reputation stands?
It’s probably not great that Quin Snyder — a good, but not quite elite, coach — doesn’t seem all that interested in coaching a Lakers team led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Jeanie Buss felt the need to speak publicly, but did her comments accomplish anything other than enflaming a fan base looking for anything else to pick apart?
The Showtime Lakers may have hated it, but HBO’s "Winning Time" was entertaining in large part because its subjects weren’t involved in the process.
Sacramento made the first coaching hire of the offseason by agreeing to a deal with Mike Brown. Does that have an impact on the Lakers coaching search?
Players like LeBron James and Luka Doncic do so much offensively that holding them accountable on the other side of the ball seems unfair at times. But defense still matters, though.
Phil Jackson, LeBron James and Rich Paul have very public history. Is trudging all that up worth it for the Lakers?
Phil Jackson certainly comes with baggage, but could his continued role in the Lakers organization give them a better chance at Nick Nurse?
Nike has played a central role in ruining shoe culture. The Mambacita release was just the latest example of them show no interest in fixing the problem.
As the playoffs continue on, the Lakers coaching search is moving at a snail’s pace. How much has the playoffs impacted things for the team?
The Lakers would happily welcome either Quin Snyder or Nick Nurse, but first they’ll have to actually be available for hire. What are the chances either (or both) hit the market?
The Lakers have been a pretty leaky organization since the Russell Westbrook trade went sideways. And since that will likely continue this offseason, here are a few leaks we can (probably) look forward to.
The Lakers have a litany of moves they’ll have to nail if they want to turn things around. Which is the decision that holds most weight?
DJ Augustin was available at midseason for a reason, but it was undeniable what his floor spacing offered at times. Were the Lakers paying attention?
While most around the league expect that Pacers to be a team interested in a Russell Westbrook trade with the Lakers this offseason, will that actually be the case?
LeBron James and Kevin Durant have had unprecedented power over the Nets and Lakers. Both situations this year failed to meet expectations. Will that impact power structures moving forward?
The Lakers may not be in the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth watching.
Lakers fans and Russell Westbrook fans have been at odds with each other all season. How did this season go for people who are both of those things?
It’s hard to watch the playoffs so far and not see the Lakers as a team with a whole lot of ground to make up in a rapidly-improving Western Conference.
Big Three teams are great in theory, but is an approach of two stars and a deeper supporting cast more sensible?