One year later, the lineup of the Zijin Legion has been completely shuffled, veteran and newcomer There are many more, and even the once close teammates and tit-for-tat rivals may come to him. Will this be his chance to rise again? Or do you drive high and low as you did last season, and once again taste the hardships of a tiger falling down?
How strong is the Lakers' new lineup?
As James and all Lakers fans wished, "Brother Thick Eyebrow" finally put on the Lakers' No. 23 jersey. Kurz, who the management swears to the death and refuses to give up The horse is back, plus Danny Green, who just won the championship for the Raptors, and Cousins, who switched from the Warriors., The Lakers' starting lineup is not bad. In addition, Avery Bradley, Jared Dudley, Pope and Rondo, etc., represent the depth of the bench. In addition, senior veterans Iguodala and Korver are also players within reach of the Lakers. They have a lot of roots with James and have incomparable playoff and even finals experience. So how competitive is this lineup?
An unnamed general manager of the team In accepting ESPN reporter Wen Horst, said: "There is no doubt that this lineup is much stronger than last year, and it can be more adapted to James' style." Another senior scout said: "Last season, they put a lot of benches. The player pushed to the main position and signed some rootsThere is no player with NBA strength. If (this season) they can stay healthy, they definitely have the strength to make the playoffs. "
However, reaching the playoffs is more than just the goal of the Lakers. What's more, in the West, where the crowds are waiting, from the Clippers that took Leonard and Paul George at the same time to the skinny camel. Warriors from Bima, then to the Nuggets, Rockets, Jazz, Trailblazers... Who doesn't have at least two superstars? Who is a good bully?
The Lakers are still full of hidden dangers
As many scouts and general managers agree, one of the potential enemies of the Lakers next season is not the Western Conference opponents, but their ownInjury. James played 82 games in the 2017-18 season, but he suffered a groin injury after playing for two months last season, which directly caused the team to fall out of the playoffs. Although the thick eyebrow brother has not suffered major injuries in the past three seasons, he went During the season, he only attended 56 games, and he often stayed on the sidelines in the second half. If these two cores cannot maintain a relatively long period of health, then the Lakers are likely to repeat the mistakes of last season.
A western scout thinks: "Kuz The horse needs to prove that he can be the team’s No. 3 scoring point, because the thick eyebrows and LeBron must miss a certain number of games, so Kuzma needs to take the responsibility of leading the team from time to time."
In addition, a key to the success of the Lakers is whether the team's defensive effectiveness can be substantially improved. Last season, James was responsible for marking the opponent's top scorer in many games, but due to health considerations, his investment level was not very high, so this was also his worst defensive season. Of course, it is an indisputable fact that the Lakers are relatively weak inside, and the arrival of the thick eyebrows made up for this shortcoming, and giving full play to his restraint in the inside will become an important part of the Lakers' tactics.
This is a brand new Lakers, also ushering New coach Frank Vogel. James did not overlap with him before, but in the most recent 10 years of his professionalIn the first year of practice, there are always some stumblings. For example, Spoelstra in the Heat era, David Blatter after returning to Cleveland, and Luke Wharton last season. Even in 2006, when he participated in the US men's basketball team for the first time, James had rumors of discord with the respected coach K.
But James is definitely a player who can make sacrifices for the goal of the championship. What's more, there is Jason Kidd on the coaching bench of the Lakers. As early as the American men’s basketball team, they had Cooperation.
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Wenhorst interviewed as many as 20 ballsThe team’s management and senior scouts discovered that the consensus is that the current Lakers’ record next season should be more than 45 games and less than 55 games (high 40s or low 50s), and they should be able to have a home court in the first round of the playoffs. Advantage. This conclusion can actually be further interpreted. The threshold for reaching the top eight in the West last season was 48 wins (Clippers and Spurs). And if you want to gain home court advantage in the first round and meet less than 55 wins at the same time, it may be the second Nuggets (54 wins), Blazers and Rockets (53 wins). For the Lakers, who had only 37 wins last season, they won 16-17 more games than they did a year ago. The difficulty can be imagined.
Another team executive said: "If they get Leonard, then all teams can only aim for second place in the league. I am not questioning LeBron, and I also look forward to the cooperation between him and the thick eyebrow. But on the way to the finals, many problems and difficulties will become their obstacles."