Luckily, they lost their game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. I say luckily because too many preseason wins for the Lakers would signal that the team’s perhaps investing too much in meaningless games.
Following one of their worst seasons in franchise history, the Lakers must be anxious to win. And the presence of Jim Buss at the preseason games likewise hints that the Lakers may be taking the preseason more seriously than they should.
As injuries to Wesley Johnson and Xavier Henry prove, play during the preseason should be limited to learning systems, building relationships and understanding team roles.
The Lakers understand that preseason wins are almost worthless, too. That’s why Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman, Steve Nash and other important players are sitting out preseason games and why Kobe Bryant’s absent altogether as he undergoes a medical procedure to his knee in Germany.
But just because preseason games are worthless doesn’t mean Lakers fans shouldn’t be paying attention to them. The preseason offers insight into how much coach Mike D’Antoni is investing in new players, how well some players are recovering from their injuries, and, hopefully, how healthy the team is (rather than how unhealthy the team is).
But apart from a few role players, the Lakers are old and prone to injury. So for the sake of their health, let’s hope the Lakers lose some more preseason games.
Lucas Rubio is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @PlayerzLeague.