At 15-9, head coach Luke Walton and the Los Angeles Lakers look to finally be turning a corner past the quarter point of the 2018-2019 NBA season.
The Lakers have found a groove on both ends of the floor and finally resemble a balanced team who can win in multiple ways.
However, most of the speculation around the team still revolves around which star player might join them either via trade or free agency. The front office has carefully constructed the roster to have enough space for another max contract and they will definitely have their options to choose from.
Walton, who has been pleased with his team’s recent performance, believes they can win a championship with the roster as is, according to Tania Ganguli of Los Angeles Times:
“Absolutely,” Walton said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I can already see your faces, the headline: ‘Luke says Lakers are winning championship now,’ But absolutely, this group, if we continue to grow together and go through what teams go through and our young players continue to get better at the rate they have in their short NBA careers, absolutely.”
Kobe Bryant recently echoed Walton’s words, saying the Lakers should win a championship sooner rather than later, but this would still be an unlikely outcome. The modern era of basketball has always had multiple stars on championship teams, and Los Angeles currently employs only one superstar in LeBron James.
Still, the purple and gold’s improvement from the beginning of the season until now has been impressive. James and his young costars have developed some noticeable chemistry and everyone looks to be settling into their roles.
While the Lakers have been linked to several players this season, the front office will most likely wait until the offseason to make their move. Hopefully, they will be able to lure another All-Star caliber player like Kevin Durant, but he made some interesting comments about the ‘toxic’ environment surrounding James.