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The ending of NBA’s All Star weekend represents the beginning of the last stretch of regular season games. For the LA Lakers, these games are going to make or break their season, and possibly much more going forward. The Lakers will be looking to acquire a high level free agent this summer, but will only be able to attract the biggest talents if they can prove to be a contender in the west.
LeBron James has found life in the western conference to be much tougher than the seasons he spent in the east. James is still recovering from a groin injury that occured on Christmas Day. The injury has the Lakers organization worried, as the the 34 year old forward is taking longer than usual to return to 100%. This is a major concern for LA, as they will need to rely heavily on LeBron if they are going to make a legitimate playoff push. The Lakers went 6-12 while LeBron was out with his groin injury, and will need every bit of his production if they are going to make the postseason with their young roster.
Another individual who needs to finish the last 25 games strong for LA is coach Luke Walton. The 2018-19 season has been one that has brought high expectations, many of which hasn’t been met by Luke Walton and this years’ Lakers. It seems that his future as the head coach of the Lakers relies on qualification for the postseason, the one achievement that would satisfy fans and players alike. It’s been reported that the some of the veteran players have had disagreements with Walton in the past, with LeBron James being one of the players rumored to have had preferred a mid-season coaching change.
With 16 of the 25 remaining games coming against teams who are currently set to qualify for the playoffs, its sink or swim time for the Lakers now.