5 Realistic Predictions for Los Angeles Lakers' Stretch Run

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5 Realistic Predictions for Los Angeles Lakers' Stretch Run
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The current state of affairs for the Los Angeles Lakers is explained fairly easily and with few surprises. The team has been bringing up the rear of the Western Division for the entire season and is ensconced in a forward-looking, youth-driven rebuild.

Heading into the stretch run, there are two major focal points—the last games of Kobe Bryant’s brilliant career as he heads into retirement, and the progress of rookies and second-year players.

Predictions at this late stage come with a healthy dose of reality—to wish for a playoff berth, for instance, would be fantasy at best. And with the trade deadline now past and a full complement of 15 bodies, there won’t be any changes to the roster.

All that said, the season isn’t yet over and there are objectives to be examined. After three straight years of missing the postseason, this is an organization that needs to start improving in a hurry.

But the road back to redemption won’t be easy. With a current record of 11-49, the team with all the championship hardware has plunged to an all-time low. Wholesale changes may be looming large.

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