The Los Angeles Lakers had a season that hit its worst-case scenario. Between injuries and the short turnaround, it was constant navigation that only God knows who could handle. With that said, the unfinished business may prove to be a binding factor of the team’s core.
Just how heavy is this sentiment?
Markieff Morris and Wes Matthews have already expressed their feelings in their exit interviews. Morris was quoted by Lakers reporter Mike Trudell saying the following:
“This is definitely where I want to be. I think we have a good shot at running it back … there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. I feel like this is home for me.”
Matthews followed up with his feelings, summarized by Ryan Ward of LakersNation.com:
Wes Matthews: "There's no doubt that I want to run it back" with the Lakers.
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) June 4, 2021
It sounds crazy given the ending results, but not to me. When you boil down the root cause of the Lakers’ elimination, it came down to health. No amount of player movement can overcome how they were hit. It wasn’t just the knicks and knacks that slowed their title defense, health and safety protocol was a culprit. The team will have the benefit of a better path to following protocols. You can also add in the vaccination quota that will increase more opportunities to bond and practice.
The front office will not have the most resources to improve the team with anybody outside of minimum players. It’s hard to get impact with this particular set of prospects. Bringing back guys and using bird rights will be important to keep chemistry intact. This is still one of the best teams in the league and I don’t expect that to change with their health where it should be. Now it’s about keeping everyone in the fold.