The Los Angeles Lakers have had some incredible teams in their history. Getting your jersey retired as a Los Angeles Laker makes you part of an extremely exclusive club. This is what makes the talent level on this current roster so impressive.
On the daily Locked On Lakers podcast, host Anthony Irwin explains why he thinks this team has the best roster since the 1980s Showtime Lakers:
Anthony Irwin: I basically headed into this preseason with one goal in mind. My expectations on this Lakers team are through the roof and I honestly think that this might be the best Lakers roster of my lifetime. I was born in ’86, so not including the Showtime era, just because I was so young at that point, but they’re better than the three-peat team and the back-to-back title teams.
So I’ve basically been looking for ways to kind of calm down a little bit, to throw some cold water on what I’m watching. Good lord, having expectations this high for any team feels a little unhealthy, but all we’ve seen since is the Lakers beat the Clippers in two straight games without LeBron and AD, albeit it’s preseason.
Then we saw LeBron and AD out there against the Suns, and they didn’t look very good in the first shift and look like the kind of guys who spent the last couple of months or so really focusing on recovering and not necessarily training for another season. Then they came out, started caring, and at one point they went on a 42-14 run against the Phoenix Suns.
Kyle Kuzma has looked really good this preseason, Talen Horton-Tucker has looked really good this preseason, and Marc Gasol, while he struggled finishing around the rim, just keeps making these passes that make you giddy. Then, obviously, LeBron and AD are still LeBron and AD, so I’ve reached that point where I’m kind of wondering if it’s a stretch to say this is the best Lakers roster since the Showtime era, and I don’t think it is.