Chris Bosh Shares Throwback Video Of LeBron James, Chris Paul, And Dwight Howard Eating Burgers At A Gas Station Before Their Flight For The 2008 Olympics: "Recorded On My Flip Phone. A Classic."

How The Lakers Landed Their Biggest Stars Over The Years: Kobe Bryant Joined The Lakers On Draft Night, LeBron James And Shaquille O’Neal Signed As Free Agents

The Lakers endured the most disappointing season in NBA history during the 2021-22 season, finishing with an ugly 33-49 record, outside of the play-in tournament. The Lakers gave up three quality role players, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Montrezl Harrell, for former MVP Russell Westbrook. Brodie struggled throughout the season, shooting 29.8% from deep while coughing the ball up a league-leading 295 total times and playing uninterested point-of-attack defense. Meanwhile, Kuz, KCP, and Harrell played solid basketball during the year, making the Lakers’ acquisition of Westbrook all the more painful.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis were in and out of the lineup throughout the season with varying injuries, depriving the Lakers’ top-heavy roster of its two catalysts and ruining any chance of creating championship chemistry. At the same time, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, and Kent Bazemore, four veteran imports who were supposed to fill out the lineup as high-quality two-way role players, looked slow and mostly lost in 2021-22.

Needless to say, the Lakers will have their work cut out for them during the 2022 offseason to get back to respectability.

There is no better way to plan out a summer renovation than to peruse the history books. The Purple and Gold’s past provides us with a truckload of ways to build a contender.

The Lakers have created 17 championship rosters throughout their storied history. We’ll look back at the different superstars the Purple and Gold acquired through the NBA draft, via trade, or from free agency.


Elgin Baylor

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