Los Angeles Lakers: A Look Inside the 2019 Training Camp

The Los Angeles Lakers have not made it to the playoffs since the 2011-2012 season. Los Angeles was going to be a playoff team last season until Lebron James injured his groin on Christmas Day on the road against the Golden State Warriors. At that time, the Lakers were the third or the fourth-best team in the west. They finished in 10th place last season in the western conference with a 37-45 record.

It looked as if they were going to give teams in the west problems moving forward, but Los Angeles took a monster step backward. Luke Walton got fired as the head coach in the offseason. Magic Johnson stepped down in the front office.

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Frank Vogel is the new head coach and Jason Kidd is now an assistant coach with the team. The Los Angeles Lakers made an overhaul to the roster in the offseason. They traded for Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball were all traded. Los Angeles did also trade their fourth overall pick away in that deal.

New Orleans then actually traded that pick away to the Atlanta Hawks and that pick turned out to be forward De’Andre Hunter from the University of Virginia. Both the Pelicans and Atlanta are going through rebuilds, meanwhile, the Lakers are in win-now mode.

Lebron James is not getting any younger and if he suffers another injury this season, it could derail this team once again. James is 34 years old. He is currently in the second year of his four-year deal with Los Angeles.

It is going to be interesting to see what happens when the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers play against each other four times during the regular season. Some people think that might be the Western Conference Finals Preview. The Lakers have not won it all since 2010 and the Clippers have not won it all before, let alone reach the Western Conference Finals.

The projected starting lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers will be (C) JaVale McGee, (PF) Kyle Kuzma, (SF) LeBron James, (SG) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and (PG) Rajon Rondo.

Key players off the bench will be (G) Avery Bradley, (G) Alex Caruso, (G) Quinn Cook, (F) Jared Dudley, (F/G) Danny Green, and (C) Dwight Howard.

DeMarcus Cousins signed a one-year deal in the offseason, but he tore his ACL in the offseason and Cousins will not be able to play this season. He played with the Golden State Warriors last season. DeMarcus Cousins did not return until January of 2019 because he tore his Achilles the previous serious.

The rest of his NBA career could very well be in jeopardy. It will be interesting to see if teams sign Cousins in the near future or not.

They have not announced a date for training camp yet. However, the Los Angeles Lakers will begin the preseason against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, October 5 on the road at Golden State’s new arena, Chase Center.

Next, Los Angeles will begin the season as the road team against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, October 22. Finally, the Los Angeles Lakers will play their first game against a non-Los Angeles team on Friday, October 25 against the Utah Jazz.

How do you see the 2019 Los Angeles Lakers? Leave a comment below.

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