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Can all the King's horses and the King's men put the Lakers back together again?




LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after passing Michael Jordan and moving to #4 on the NBA's all-time scoring list during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on March 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after passing Michael Jordan and moving to #4 on the NBA's all-time scoring list during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on March 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California
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With another loss to the Denver Nuggets last night and only 17 regular season games left, the latest projections put the Lakers having less than a 1 percent chance of making it to the playoffs.

This game, coupled with the disappointing 113-105 loss to the Clippers on Monday, have knocked the Lakers to a season low record of 30 wins and 35 losses putting them in the eleventh spot in the Western Conference. So while LeBron may have just taken Michael Jordan’s fourth place spot on the NBA's all-time points list, this season has been one of the more challenging ones in the Lakers nearly 72 year history.

There have been feelings among some fans that this may be due to poor management by the front Office and subpar coaching by Luke Walton. It also doesn't help that the Lakers have been fighting injuries all season. Whether it was LeBron’s groin injury back in December, Brandon Ingram’s sore shoulder, Kyle Kuzma’s sprained ankle from the Clippers game on Monday, Josh Hart playing through his knee tendinitis, or Lonzo Ball’s bone bruise on his ankle, the Lakers roster has struggled to stay healthy.  

No matter what the actual problem may be, what is clear is that if LeBron and the Lakers don’t start winning, this could be the first time in over 14 years that LeBron has missed the playoffs and the sixth straight year that the Lakers haven’t been to the playoffs.

If you’re a Lakers fan, what do you think needs to happen for the Lakers to win? Are the playoffs even in the conversation anymore? What do you think has been the biggest challenge the team has faced this year? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

With guest host Libby Denkmann

Guest:

Tania Ganguli, Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times; she tweets @taniaganguli



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