Lakers’ Record Through 40 Games Stunningly Similar To..

Lakers’ Record Through 40 Games Stunningly Similar To Doomed Recent Roster.

Nothing has changed for your Los Angeles Lakers.

10 takeaways from the LA Lakers' first 12 games

All the offseason additions and talk heading into the 2023-2024 season might have felt like it would change. However, through 40 games this season, everything remained the same compared to the miserable pre-trade Lakers of 2022-23. The Purple and Gold look eerily similar at this point of the season, from January 2023 to January 2024.

One major indication of that is their 19-21 record, a copy and paste from one year ago to today, as ESPN Los Angeles’ Instagram points out.

Before the start of the season, it had seemed the Lakers were set up to be title contenders. Led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, along with depth pieces who fit the superstar duo well, the sky was the limit for LA. However, things have not materialized for the Lakers, and there’s a multitude of reasons for that.

We can’t point the blame at Russell Westbrook anymore, folks. However, it is fair to point the blame at these current Lakers.

Many want to point the blame at head coach Darvin Ham, and rightfully so. His questionable rotations, lineups, and decision-making have hurt the team more than they’ve helped. On top of that, the off-season additions have not panned out as we’d hoped they would. Forward Christian Wood has been a hit or miss, big man Jaxson Hayes is not the right kind of big next to AD, and forward Taurean Prince remains on the floor for key minutes even when he isn’t shooting the ball well; the one thing LA brought him in for. And those issues are just half of the reasons for the team’s struggles.

It’s deja vu all over again, Laker fans. A trade is on the horizon for the purple and gold, and they will need a miracle once again. Can general manager Rob Pelinka sprinkle his fairy dust on this team again, or are they dead in the water regardless of what happens?

It will be an interesting couple weeks before we hit the trade deadline.

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