The Los Angeles Lakers have finally been eliminated from playoff contention due to the loss against the Brooklyn Nets 111-106 on March 22. This could be the best news for Lakers fans for this season. There are a few games left in the year and it’s a perfect time to do what the team should’ve been doing when there was 20 games till the season concluded, tanking.
The Lakers are top ten in terms of worst record in the NBA, and things could get better if they lose more games. There should be two main objectives for the team in the offseason: get a new coach and good players.
There have been reports that this will most likely be the final year that Luke Walton will be the head coach for the city of stars. Though there is a difference in opinion as to the organization keeping him for the whole season, at the end of the day, it was the right thing to do. Walton has had a great staff of players, but most of them haven’t been on the court healthy. He hasn’t been able to coach a full equipped team since early December when the team was fourth in the Western Conference. Since the team has dealt with injuries and the emotional toll of the trade deadline, Walton couldn’t caral his team and compete for a spot in the playoffs.
While the Lakers have been losing, it has helped them in many ways. After the All-Star break, Brandon Ingram has played at a high level before getting injured recently. He’s expected to make a full recovery from surgery due to the blood clot that was in right arm. Him excelling makes team more interested and willing to trade to acquire him. In addition to Los Angeles losing many games, it now gives them a chance for a top 10 pick for the draft. With that possibility, there’s two outcomes that can come from this. Either the team acquires a young player with great talent, or the organization trades the lottery pick to acquire a veteran like Anthony Davis.
The Lakers losing is the best thing that could happen for the organization for years to come. The Lakers being eliminated from playoff contention will now give more rest to arguably the best player in the world, LeBron James. James will finally rest and not play in an NBA final since his first year in a Miami Heat uniform in 2011. More rest for James and others like Lonzo Ball to come back at 100%, possible new coach, Ingram playing his best, and a lottery pick addition to the team, next year is looking bright for the Lakers.