The front office even brought in veteran options to fill out the bench, which is typical of a LeBron James team.
The Lakers' fortunes were expected to improve following the arrival of LeBron James but the three-time National Basketball Association champion faces the prospect of missing the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. With Monday night's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers record dropped to 30-34 on the season.
Now, LeBron James has assessed the ongoing season and has confirmed that the injuries that have plagued the Lakers have had a big say in their standing this season.
This one is kind of a no-brainer.
LeBron can never be underestimated but it would be hugely surprising to see the Lakers involved beyond April this season. LeBron James finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Josh Hart scored 17 off the bench.
It has not been just poor play from Walton's team that has put them in this position, they have also been beset by multiple injuries to key players during the course of the campaign.
The Los Angeles Lakers cannot lose more than six games, none of the remaining games before the playoffs.
The Lakers play host to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.
The Lakers are most likely to land the 13th pick of the draft with a 92.9 percent chance to do so.
The main focus of the Lakers should be to keep James healthy to lead the team but to use Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma all the time. "Everyone has been talking about the postseason, but we need to worry about each and every game and how we can get better with our team".
Lonzo Ball was already out with his long-term ankle injury, leaving James without his two most important teammates.
The Los Angeles Lakers Odds to get to the NBA Playoffs.
Coach Luke Walton is firmly on the hot seat as the Los Angeles Lakers appear lottery-bound for the sixth straight season. "There is just no way and if you're playing with him and know this guy tried to trade you there is no way that's not weird".
However, LeBron has been blamed for not being a good enough leader.
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