Los Angeles Lakers Hold Team Meeting as the Losses Continue to Mount
Not everyone is having an enjoyable holiday season.
Losers of eight of their last ten games, sitting only half a game above the last place Memphis Grizzlies, the Los Angeles Lakers have been deteriorating right before our very eyes. In the process – so is the entire locker room. On Thursday, the Lakers decided to cancel practice in order to hold a team meeting to air out some grievances.
“Just clearing up some things, what we can be better at, how we can hold each other to be more accountable, more accountable for ourselves, and how we can just get a better feeling for the game,” Brandon Ingram said after Friday’s practice. “… I don’t think you work through it in one day, but I think we put it out there about how each guy was feeling about how they play on the basketball floor, about how they’re feeling about the business of the organization, how they want to be played or anything of that nature. I think they just put it all out there, and ultimately I would hope they felt free after they did.”
Despite last night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, this was a meeting that had to take place. Head Coach Luke Walton cited that he has seen many of his players “pouting” on the bench after team’s recent slew of losses. Veteran big man Andrew Bogut believes that injuries, rotations, as well as how “everyone knows what is going on with the salary-cap situation next season” has been effecting the entire roster over these past few weeks.
“We just really had a heart to heart,” rookie froward Kyle Kuzma said. “We’re just trying to get back on the same page. That happens at all levels. It’s no different. Every team has problems. Championship teams have problems and whatnot. Meetings are always good. … But, of course, everybody on the team said something about how they feel.”
This is a team that really needs some of Kobe Bryant’s mamba mentality right about now.