Even if the Los Angeles Lakers were able to retain Alex Caruso the past offseason, it’s doubtful that things would be different for them in 2021-22. The Chicago Bulls guard seemed to suggest as much, highlighting how turnovers and rebuilding chemistry have been the biggest issues for the Purple and Gold last campaign.

The Lakers had a lot of new faces that came in as part of a massive roster overhaul in the 20221 offseason. They got a lot older and added another All-Star in Russell Westbrook to form a Big 3 that they hoped would catapult them back to the Finals.

Of course that was not the case as the Lakers struggled to get all the pieces they have to mesh well and play properly together. In the end, it resulted to the team missing the postseason for the second straight time in the LeBron James era.

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“…They had a lot of turnover, anytime in professional sports, you have a lot of turnover, you have to rebuild chemistry, you got to rebuild continuity. That’s stuff that can’t really be overlooked sometimes,” Crauso said on the Lakers’ struggles, per Jonathan Adams of Heavy.

“I think with pro sports, you think you just put a bunch of really good players on the court it will take care of itself. Sometimes it takes a little bit of glue, a little bit of time to figure out how it’s going to work. So, I think that’s probably just what they went through this past year.”

The Lakers had the fourth-most turnover as a team last season, but more than that as Alex Caruso said, they just didn’t click offensively and there was no chemistry at all.

Hopes are high that things will be different for the Lakers come 2022-23, though it remains to be seen how the team will look. So far, they have been involved in a potential Russell Westbrook-Kyrie Irving swap with the Brooklyn Nets, which could very well change a lot of things for the LakeShow.