I've been a Laker fan for nearly 40 years. I've supported them in good times and bad. For the passed 4 years, I've been telling myself and others have we are one or two acquisitions away from returning to greatness. However, I'm starting believe otherwise. We have the best current player in the NBA---perhaps the greatest of all time. But even with LeBron, Rondo, among other excellent players, the Lakers look no better the they have in the previous 4 years. Lack of talent doesn't seem to be the issue. It's something more fundamental than a trade, draft, or free agent acquisition.
The Lakers have a very talented roster right now---more than enough to make the playoffs. But the seriously lack chemistry and a winning game plan. However, such intangibles are issues difficult to address in a concrete manner. With that in mind, what do you think the Lakers need to do before the 2019-2020 season begins to finally lead the Lakers back to the playoffs?
There is no doubt that the decisions that's been made this past year has been pretty bad and i'm blaming Jeanie, Magic, Pelinka, Luke and possibly Lebron for those decisions because they all played a role, but much of it is history now.
What needs to happen:
They need to rest Lebron. Let him rack up points, but no need for him to aggrevate his injury.
Shake up the coaching department and fire the assistant coaches (today). Would mind if Luke stayed, but he has to have competent offensive and defensive coaches to handle the Xs and Os as well as rotations which allow Luke to focus on ego and locker-room management.
Hire an actual analytics department and aim to be the best in the league in that area.
Reduce Magic's role. I'm sure he's great at selling FAs on LA, but he cant be involved in everything else. I mean, why have a scouting department if Magic simply overrules that department and goes with Wagner because "he really likes him".
In the offseason, they should go hard at Kawhi, Durant, Kyrie etc. I'm sure we can get one of them.
Then fill out the roster with guys that we know will work well which is veterans that can defend and hit open shots.
Then look at potential AD-trades.