The Los Angeles Lakers are looking more like a legitimate team in the Western Conference as they have won four out of their last five games.
LeBron James has begun to settle in to his new team and the supporting cast looks to finally be gelling together both on and off the court. With their newfound success, the Lakers look like they are finally on the right track to getting back to their winning ways.
The franchise has yet to replicate the same sort of success they had when Kobe Bryant was still donning the purple and gold. They have yet to make the playoffs since Bryant retired from the game during the 2015-16 NBA season.
Bryant was one of the few players opponents like Kenyon Martin should not have trash talked given that he always fed off of it. The five-time champion normally responded to an opponent’s chatter with scoring outbursts that included several successful isolation situations.
While it is good to look back and think about Bryant’s legendary performances, the focus should be on the current Los Angeles roster and their journey to get back to the playoffs. James along with the young core have plenty of work to do if they hope to bring the storied franchise back to their championship roots.
Following the loss to the Orlando Magic, the Lakers will look to start a new winning streak against the Miami Heat on a back-to-back situation. Given that Dwyane Wade announced this will be his last season, it will mark the second-to-last time James and the Lakers play against him.