L.A. Times: One game into the regular season and already there was the search for a story line, this after the Lakers got their championship rings Tuesday night and defeated the Clippers on an emotional evening in the season opener.
And there it was at the Lakers’ practice Thursday, a developing plot.
What’s wrong with the Lakers’ bench?
There were questions asked about how poorly the bench performed in the first game.
Here’s the thing: The reserves asked the same questions.
“Yeah, we’re probably making too much of it,” Luke Walton said after practice Thursday. “But the guys on the bench are upset with the situation, with all that stuff. The coaches are probably upset with us. We’ve got 81 [games] more. We’ve proven over the last three years that we have a pretty reliable bench.”
It wasn’t just that the Lakers’ bench wasn’t productive, scoring a total of nine points against the Clippers and playing limited minutes, forcing the starters into logging heavy minutes.