EL SEGUNDO, CA – Looking at the rear-view mirror for a miserable season, several Los Angeles Lakers were talking openly about the rumors about the final deadline for pursuing Anthony Davis in the dressing room.
"By the end of the trading period, everyone was lost," said Kentwijs Caldwell-Pope guard on Wednesday after interviewing Coach Luc Walton and General Manager Rol Pelinka. "That's all they worried about."
"And I feel like they all relaxed, calmed down and just started playing basketball and did not worry about the outside conversation."
The Lakers went from 9-15 when Lebron James publicly declared his interest in playing alongside Davis until the expiration of the trading term, including a brutal loss of 42 points in the Indiana Pacers just a few days before making a deal.
Lakers' deals with Pelicans in New Orleans became a hot issue not only for players but also for front office After the end of the term, the chairman of the Lakers team, Magic Johnson, who withdrew from his post on Tuesday in a stunning move the events told reporters that the Pelicans did not negotiate in good faith. Weeks later Laker's owner Jane Busse called reports of stable sales packages offered by Los Angeles for Davies's "fake news".
Despite Johnson's sudden resignation as team chairman, LeBron James behind the Lakers owners Janey Bus and the organization, a source from ESPN said.
Anxiety seemed to separate a list that was not naturally appropriate for the first time, filled with promising young prospects, veterans of one-year contracts, and one of James's biggest stars. "I suppose it was annoying," said Lakers security guard Josh Hart, looking back. "Nowadays, everything is about social media, so we go to social media, everything is about trade, the week of trade, I suppose, that's all, we see our names, the names of others, I guess that's part, which is
Obviously, because we are in Los Angeles, we have Brawne, AD has done any AD, so I think it's getting stronger. … So, I suppose it was annoying. The media torture him. The social media made it annoying. But at the end of the day there was no disappointment with each other. No disappointment between us and the front office. We were all a collective unit and we were trying to be a professional. We tried to control what we can control. "
The Lakers showed some solidarity to finish the season, with their last 10 matches 6-4, but their chances for the post-season were gone by then.
Rondo, one of the team leaders, admired the reversal.
"Believe it or not, the last few weeks we were on our way, every game on the road or traveling on the road, we were suppering every city. Play a little cards all the time on the trip, "Rondo said. This is some madness about how it happened at the end of the year compared to the beginning. "
These late-season wins came with half of the squad for injuries James, Hart, Brandon Ingram, Lenzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Tyson Chandler All of their seasons were prematurely interrupted for health. To that end, the Lakers split with athletic coach Marko Nunez on Wednesday after the list gathered more than 200 missed games due to the injury reported during the 2018-19 unfortunate campaign
Chendler said the injuries took their victims as much as Davis's talks, it was one of the great and we can not get used to each other, I think they really affected us. "
However, other players said all the attributes, who came with the Lakers this season – even the miserable things
"I would say it's a lot of distraction, obviously." We are in the media every day, whether good or bad. But as I said, I think that while you're close to your teammates and the dressing room is good, that's all that matters, "Ball said. – External noise does not mean too much. If someone wants to come or come, I'd say that. Stay dense, whatever, all this.
"Living here and growing up here, I know how to play in Los Angeles, so I was not surprised when I got in. But the fans love you as you do your job."
"There are possibilities here and out of court," McGee said. "We had the most TV games from anyone and they came from a lost season – or we came from a lost season – it's just to show you how much light and how many options there are with the Lakers if you're This is just a chance for nothing. would like to take advantage of this opportunity only because their fear of the spotlight is childish. "