Coming off a championship in the 2020 NBA Bubble and beginning a new season right after, the Los Angeles Lakers really did not have much time to recuperate last season, which wound up being their downfall.
Both LeBron James and Anthony Davis dealt with injuries all season long last year and as a result, they fell to the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs.
Having a full offseason to rest up and get healthy again may have been the best thing to happen to LeBron James and Co. and with a roster full of former All-Stars and high-level talent, many are expecting the Lakers to win the Western Conference and possibly win their 18th championship in franchise history this year.
The start of the 2021-22 season though has not been kind to the Lakers and they started their new campaign losing three of their first five games with one of these losses coming to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team many have picked to finish last in the entire league.
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Now with LeBron James dealing with an abdominal injury and expected to miss some games, plus the Lakers dealing with some team chemistry issues, things seem to be very shaky to begin the year in Los Angeles.
Everything will probably end up being fine and the Lakers will be the championship contender everyone thought they would be, but some key changes do need to be made both roster-wise and rotation-wise.
Seeing as they have basically an entirely new roster and three superstars who have all been ball-dominant players throughout the course of their careers, it is going to take some time for this year’s Los Angeles Lakers team to become the best versions of themselves, but here are three roster changes that they should strongly consider making to get things going in the right direction again.