NBA Analyst Doug Gottlieb Gets Honest About The Lakers: “They’re Not Really A Contender, They’re Just Interesting”

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The Los Angeles Lakers currently stand seventh in the Western Conference and are still very much alive to secure a playoff spot. No matter how the rest of the season winds up, the Lakers could finish no less than the No.9 seed which still guarantees them a spot in the play-in tournament.

The Lakers have shown a lot of promise since trading Russell Westbrook, Patrick Beverley and a couple of their bench warmers prior to the NBA trade deadline. Since reconstructing their roster, the Lakers have gone 16-8 and are 7-2 when LeBron James plays.

While the new-look Lakers have improved significantly since the trades, NBA analyst Doug Gottlieb said that the Lakers are just interesting but not a team that could legitimately contend for a championship.


“While the Lakers are a far better team with far better chemistry since they got rid of Russell Westbrook and added a lot of pieces that fit better, THAT AIN’T a championship team…The Lakers are not really a contender; they’re just interesting.”


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