‘Going to Take a Lot’: NBA Insider Shams Charania Reveals What Lakers Need to Do to Win a Championship

Published 10/20/2021, 10:18 PM EDT
Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) dribbles a ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers had some serious issues come up on opening night. In their matchup against the Warriors, despite being up by 10 in the 3rd quarter, they ended up on the losing side. Russell Westbrook on his debut did not enjoy a great night. While the new additions seemed exciting, chemistry problems are seriously showing up. Likewise, the Lakers need to counter these issues and have the players gel.

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However, the Lakers did see some positives as well. Notably, LeBron James and Anthony Davis both looked solid combining for 67 points in the game. But they were the only two players to surpass the 10 point mark for the Lakers. With Westbrook, not having the ball in his hands affected his productivity significantly. Even other bench players couldn’t get it going on the night.

Oct 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Damion Lee (1) drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, NBA insider Shams Charania spoke about the Lakers-Warriors game, and evaluated the issues the Lakers need to address.

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Lakers need to figure it out

One of the things that came to surface were the Lakers’ compatibility issues. They couldn’t get the best out of each player on the floor at any time, with the exception of LeBron and AD. But being a new team, it will take some time for them to settle. Charania spoke about what it will take for this roster to actually work and succeed this season.

He said: “I do think it’s clear that they need to figure out how this dynamic is going to work. That’s why you saw Russell Westbrook, and we’ve done some a lot of reporting on it as well. Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Anthony Davis had to do a lot of talking and conversing before the trade happened on draft night. Because they need to figure out if they could get on the same page and at the end of the day it’s going to take a lot of sacrifice. And it’s going to take a lot of these guys changing their games.” 

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Charania further mentioned how Westbrook needs to take more jump shits and make them as well. He also believes that judging the Lakers before 15-20 games won’t work because they are yet to spend quality time on the floor. But the main point that comes up is sacrifice.

While Westbrook may have to make some shots, he needs to figure out playing without the ball. Being a ball dominant player, this will be a major sacrifice as LeBron dominates the ball when he is on the floor. Davis is looking healthy, and he needs to figure out how to stay healthy through the season. Moreover, a main issue they need to figure out is their rotations through the game.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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