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The Lakers’ Offseason: What It Means for this Organization

I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer.  I spent these traditionally fun-filled months refreshing my Twitter feed in anticipation of a Russell Westbrook trade.  Maybe you took a summer vacation to a location you consider paradise.  For me, paradise would have been Myles Turner and Buddy Hield joining Pat Beverley in a Lakers uniform.  But…

Can Brandon Ingram Be a Top 2 Player on a Championship Team?

I absolutely love Brandon Ingram.  And I still would have made the Anthony Davis trade 100 times out of 100.  Both of these things can be true.  It feels important to state because Ingram fans seem to have a hard time grasping this.  What they forget is that winning an NBA championship is hard.  You…

Jaden McDaniels: The Role Player Who Should Innovate Player Development

In the 1991 NBA Finals, the Chicago Bulls lost game 1 to the Los Angeles Lakers.  For game 2, Coach Phil Jackson had 6’9” All-Defensive small forward, Scottie Pippen, guard 6’8” head of the snake, Magic Johnson.  The Bulls won the next 4 games. 6’9” forward Robert Horry has won 7 NBA championships as arguably…

The Lakers Should Do What the Celtics Are Doing (Yeah, I said it)

Full disclosure I was in the middle of writing a completely different piece, but saw that LeBron and the Lakers just agreed to a contract extension. Given that, it made me think that a Russ trade may be coming soon. With that in mind, I felt it was more important to prioritize the messaging in…

It’s Decision Time for the Lakers

Lakers fans, have you been refreshing Twitter over and over hoping to get news that the Lakers traded Russell Westbrook, made the team noticeably better, and made our free agency acquisitions more digestible? Welcome to my world. Even understanding the Lakers’ extreme salary limitations, I had higher hopes for free agency.  While it lacked the…

BBall Index’s 2021-22 All-NBA Teams

It’s award season, so the Basketball Index staff got together recently to decide who our official award winners are this year. We’ll continue tweeting out individual awards, such as our Most Improved Player and Defensive Player of the Year picks, but also wanted to highlight team picks and dig into the reasoning behind them a bit more in written…

BBall Index’s 2021-22 All-Defensive Teams

It’s award season, so the Basketball Index staff got together recently to decide who our official award winners are this year. We’ll continue tweeting out individual awards, such as our Most Improved Player and Defensive Player of the Year picks, but also wanted to highlight team picks and dig into the reasoning behind them a…

The Lakers Have a Post Problem

After 45 games (as of 5/2/21) of logging every single Lakers post up over recent months, it’s time to share the data. The Lakers have a post up problem. It’s hard to unsee once you notice it watching games, but subtle enough that I haven’t seen it covered by a single Lakers media source all…

The Lakers Add Andre (Almost) 3000*

*(Offensive Rebounds) Where the newest Laker fits into the team’s offense, defense, rotation, and the team’s playoff run. Reinforcements are on the way! The Lakers have made a move to sign Andre Drummond with one of their two (current) open roster spots, bringing additional short-term hope to what’s been rough outing after rough outing, even…

Finals Preview Supplementary Materials

Hello! My pre-series preview of the Lakers-Heat finals can be found on the most recent Lakers Exceptionalism Podcast. Here I’ll post some of the diagrams referenced in that pod for anyone wanting to help illustrate the concepts discussed on the pod. LAKERS FANS: the Lakers Exceptionalism finals preview is here 🟡 Defending Miami’s offensive engines🟣…