June 25, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Dwight Howard reveals his needs for the Los Angeles Lakers going into their offseason
  • The Lakers handled a tumultuous 2021-22 season and capped it off by firing coach Frank Vogel
  • Common supervisor Rob Pelinka has his work minimize out for him 

The Los Angeles Lakers failed to satisfy expectations after making their blockbuster commerce for nine-time All-Star Russell Westbrook, however veteran large man Dwight Howard hopes that they may give it yet one more go subsequent season.

When requested whether or not he thinks one other yr of getting Westbrook workforce up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis might produce higher outcomes, Howard was optimistic about it.

“Clearly, it could. I feel it could, nevertheless it takes time and we reside in a microwave society the place we would like outcomes straight away. Issues take time to mesh,” Howard was quoted by Lakers Nation as saying.

He continued, “You’re three guys in Russ [Westbrook], AD [Davis] and LeBron [James] who have to have the basketball of their arms to be efficient. … He’s [Westbrook] been making choices and stuff like that. So is LeBron and also you’ve obtained AD who’s the one up-and-coming star who wants the ball in his arms as properly.”

The Lakers endured a horrible 2021-22 season after each James and Davis battled accidents, however the latter lacking 42 video games was essentially the most notable case of all of it.

Davis was anticipated to be the following Lakers large man to deliver them success, following within the footsteps of greats like Shaquille O’Neal, Pau Gasol and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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Nevertheless, harm has stored him from attending to the following degree and reaching all-time nice standing.

Although the Lakers have been in a position to reach 2020 and web their seventeenth NBA title, their need to make the most of James’ all-around expertise went south shortly the next season and reached its climax this yr.

Head coach Frank Vogel was subsequently fired following their season-ending win over the Denver Nuggets because the blame for his or her failure to make the playoffs was positioned squarely on his shoulders.

NBA Corridor of Famer Charles Barkley criticized the Lakers for making Vogel and Westbrook their scapegoats.

Westbrook hinted in his exit interview that his future in Los Angeles might already be coming to an finish after only one season as the frustration of not with the ability to contend for a title, plus the criticism from the followers, might have taken its toll on him.

This coming offseason may very well be crucial within the Lakers’ latest historical past because it might both make or break the ultimate season of James’ contract with them.

The push to construct a contender is on yet one more time, and all the things rides on common supervisor Rob Pelinka and the entrance workplace’s potential to place one collectively.

LeBron James #6, Anthony Davis #3 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers Picture: Getty Photos | Kevork Djansezian

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