The Lakers’ circus is over after a year of dysfunction, clearing the way for LeBron James and Anthony Davis to chase a championship with a hand-picked supporting cast.
The Lakers somewhat officially(?) kicked off their 2019–20 campaign Friday with media day, echoing all the same optimism the franchise had last year when LeBron James was in his first season with the team, Magic Johnson ran the basketball operations, and Anthony Davis was still a Pelican. So much has obviously changed since then, both for the Lakers and the rest of the league. L.A.’s biggest rival has moved south, from the Bay Area to across the hall. Davis is wearing the purple and gold. And Rob Pelinka, who survived last season’s disappointment, has made it clear last year’s failures have turned into lessons.
For example, when discussing the remade roster Friday, Pelinka admitted to looking for more shooting, a concern that followed the Lakers immediately after they filled out the roster post-LeBron. This season, L.A. is putting guys like Danny Green and Avery Bradley around James and Davis, in addition to holdovers like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso. Pelinka also m