Which Los Angeles Lakers Have a Legitimate Future with the Team?

December 20th, 2014 by Howard Ruben Leave a reply »

The Los Angeles Lakers can't win for losing.

No sentiment seems more appropriate for this talent-deprived team that runs the risk of losing a top-five NBA lottery draft pick next June if it ekes out too many wins during the regular season.

At 8-18, that’s just where the Lakers stand during another record-setting, gosh-awful season.

What’s a coach and his players to do? For a small handful of Lakers who may have a legitimate future with the team, the answer is simple: Play hard and play to win every night. Your job depends on it.

If it was left up to Magic Johnson, the Lakers would purposely lose every game to ensure they obtain a coveted lottery draft selection next June. Johnson told Neil Best of Newsday:

If you're going to lose, you have to lose, because you can't be in the middle of the pack. You either have to be great or you have to be bad, to get a good [draft] pick.

Unfortunately, Magic has no role in how the team performs. And players aren't going to take the court in order to tank games—it's just not their nature.

So this year's Lakers team follow ...

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