NBA trade deadline looms large for LeBron James and the Lakers

Break up the Lakers.

The … Lakers?

The Lakers, the team Rob Pelinka misassembled (I’ve written some version of that), LeBron James couldn’t carry (ditto) and Anthony Davis couldn’t stay healthy enough to support (well … ). The team that reacted to last season’s 33-win disaster by ousting the person (Frank Vogel) least responsible for it.

That’s right … the Lakers.

The Lakers—the Davis-less Lakers—have won five in a row after Saturday’s win in Sacramento. It wasn’t easy. They had to battle De’Aaron Fox, the Kings’ would-be (should-be?) All-Star who shredded them for 34 points. They had to contend with Domantas Sabonis, the broken-thumbed big man who chipped in 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. They had to survive what looked like (the NBA says otherwise) an egregiously bad blown call by the referees in the closing seconds of regulation, a whistle that turned a potential three-point play by Russell Westbrook into one free throw and opened the door for Fox to send the game to overtime.


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