After last nights disappointing 127-121 loss to the Denver Nuggets I’ve come to a conclusion that may be unpopular among #LakerNation but who cares, it needs to be said. We can’t keep using this teams youth as a crutch when they don’t play to their potential. We have to stop putting the word “young” in front of Lakers from now on. Lou Williams was the first to say it and I was a bit hesitant to agree initially, but after watching the team since, I’m completely on board with the idea.
It’s so frustrating watching this team sometimes and not because the team isn’t talented, actually, when they play bad the frustrating part is that they play under the ability. The Nuggets scored 40 points in the first quarter yesterday, bro, that’s insane! A team loaded with talent and speed at every position like the current Lakers shouldn’t be getting ran up and down the floor like that. You know what’s worse than the team allowing 40 points in the first quarter? The fact that they always manage to give up big leads and they always manage to make it a closer game than expected. I can’t figure out why they want to spot each team 20 points and then decide to turn it on.
Brandon Ingram is the only one I will refer to as young or give that kind of slack to, due to him actually being in his rookie season. Everyone else, hell no, you guys will now be graded like the rest of the NBA. You can only use your inexperience for so long, especially when you’re expected to be something big and great. You’re expected to grow up earlier than everyone else around you no matter how many birthdays you’ve had. It also doesn’t help that the Lakers play under the bright lights in Hollywood, being in the city of angels brings the unreal expectations of winning championships every year or face scrutiny from the media 24/7.
Even though the Lakers are ahead of schedule and still technically a “young team,” we as a fan base have to start holding them accountable for their mistakes as professionals, not young players. Granted most of the Lakers can’t rent a car without a substantial fee but in the NBA it’s either put up or shut up. If you’re in the league, you got your rookie year to be given a pass. After that, you’re at Twitter’s mercy. With that being said, I present to you a brand new way to look at the Lakers from here on out.