Social media roasts Lakers after disappointing season ends in early elimination – NBC Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Lakers, one of the sport’s most legendary franchises, were supposed to add more glory to their trophy collection in 2022. Instead, Los Angeles has failed miserably.
After the Lakers suffered a first-round exit against the Phoenix Suns in last year’s playoffs, the franchise acquired Russell Westbrook via trade to help LeBron James and Anthony Davis win their second title in three years.
This decision proved costly, literally and figuratively.
Westbrook’s $44 million salary ate away at Los Angeles’ already expensive cap sheet with James and Davis on board, so the Lakers entered the rest of the roster with minimal veteran offers. It didn’t work, as Westbrook never acclimated to life in Southern California, and the Lakers continued to be plagued with injuries to key players and minimal contributions from the bench.
Their problems worsened in the second half of the season. The Lakers are 4-17 after the All-Star break, including the seven-game skid they’re currently on.
Ultimately, the Lakers were eliminated from the regular season playoffs with three games remaining. The team that eliminated Los Angeles? The Suns. Poetic.
Fans on Twitter didn’t hold back the Lakers after the loss:
While there are still three games left to play, those games are essentially silent as the Lakers’ first-round pick this year is expected to go to the New Orleans Pelicans (part of the trade that brought Davis to Los Angeles).
From that perspective, some fans are happy the Lakers season is over:
Since signing James as a free agent in the 2018 offseason, the Lakers have missed the playoffs twice in four seasons. They failed to qualify in James’ first year with the team but won the title the following year when Davis arrived. However, this offseason won’t offer many easy solutions for Los Angeles for a title next year.