Fuck them kids. .
Nearly a month ago, the Los Angeles Lakers were on a national TV game against the Houston Rockets. In the middle of the third quarter, Lonzo Ball injured his left ankle and had to be carried off the court. Since that time, Lonzo has missed nearly a month of action, and his name was in constant trade rumors before last week’s deadline. Well, the night of Lonzo’s injury on January 19th, was originally set to be his final game as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
That weekend, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Rob Pelinka had a blockbuster trade lined up with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers were going to land both Marc Gasol and Mike Conley from the Grizzlies for Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and other pieces. Due to the major injury concerns of Lonzo, the deal was immediately axed and never revisited by both sides.
Everything on this deal was done except the final signature and player physical examinations on both sides, which would’ve changed the landscape of the western conference. At the moment, the Lakers are 10th in the west and have a below .500 record at 28-29.
Considering the team is playing awful defense and LeBron isn’t full healed from his alleged sports hernia injury (also a story we broke), we’re not sure if they’ll be able to score a 7th seed in the west. LeBron isn’t going to make them an 8th seed, just to get swept by the Golden State Warriors in two months. So, he could see a shutdown soon if things don’t immediately pick up.
Let us know below what you think the Lakers would’ve done if the trade went down.
If you know, you know. .