The NBA is back and will resume play on July 31st.
This date will give teams roughly 4 months off since the season was suspended.
All players had to stay in shape on their own and many have not played basketball until the recent openings of the team’s practice facilities. The Lakers are still the number 1 seed in the western conference and will play 8 regular-season games to hold that spot.
The Lakers have a veteran roster for the most part and having 4 months to refresh will be positive.
LeBron James is 35 years old and has a lot of mileage on his body.
James also keeps his body in shape throughout the year and continues to dominate year after year. Now LeBron James will be refreshed and motivated to win his 4th title under the toughest circumstances the NBA has ever seen.
NBA players thrive off the fans and the energy in every arena. Every player will now have to find a different way to get that energy in the building without any fans. Anthony Davis was dealing with a shoulder injury all season long and now will be healthy going into the season.
The Lakers also signed Dion Waiters, he still hasn’t played a single game with the Lakers. Waiters may be the Lakers’ secret weapon in the playoffs because other teams have not seen him play with his new team. Waiters should have a big impact on the 8 regular-season games.
The Lakers have to regain the chemistry and teamwork they had before the season was suspended.
When the Lakers are back clicking on all cylinders, they will win the championship.
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