Why Former Star Metta Sandiford-Artest Is Excited for Lakers’ 2021–22 NBA Season

Published 09/06/2021, 12:03 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 03:. Lakers forward LeBron James and teammate Anthony Davis defend against Suns guard Chris Paul during the first quarter at Staples Center on Thursday, June 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


The Los Angeles Lakers have made some serious moves in this off-season; some even questionable to the ones outside. Likewise, this has brought in mixed reactions from the fans. With a lot of criticism coming in, Lakers fans have kept true to their organisation.

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Similarly, a former Laker is all in support of the new looking Purple and Gold for the coming NBA season.

Los Angeles, CA, Monday, December 28, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) looks to pass while covered by Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington (23) during first half action at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Ron Artest calls 2021 Lakers Once in a Lifetime Team

Being a former Laker, it is no surprise that Ron Artest is standing tall with his team. He is excited for the season to start and see the new team in action.

He wrote, This @Lakers team is like a classic lauryn hill album . It only happens once in a lifetime . Can’t wait for the season to start. Skip preseason”

Notably, he is referring to the ‘Big 3’ of Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and LeBron James. They also have a lot of depth with veterans such as Rondo, Carmelo and Dwight Howard coming off the bench.

They have also solved their shooting worries by signing sharp shooter Wayne Ellington for that purpose.

Artest himself was part of a revolutionary Lakers team with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. He even won a championship with them in 2009-10, being a key contributor to the squad. He put up 10 points and 4 rebounds in the 7 game finals series, including a late game triple to seal Game 7.

Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; The opening tipoff between Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol (14) and Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Now, with a team full of stars and skillful veterans, how far can the Lakers go this season?

What can we expect from LeBron James and Co.?

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The Lakers have truly gone all out in this years off season. They have made their intentions of winning a championship very clear. And to rival their biggest threats, Brooklyn they formed a ‘Big 3’ of their own.

May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) moves the ball against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

While the Lakers may be a relatively older team, they do have the necessary youth in their squad. In addition, the caliber of players that they hold is being over looked. They have several All-Stars at their disposal who have tons of experience at what they do.

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Hence, there is no doubt that we should expect the Lakers to be close contenders to be one of the finalists this summer. With such depth and veteran guidance, they look as big a threat as the best team. Do you think we will get the much anticipated Nets vs Lakers matchup in the finals? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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