“Why the F*ck”: Lakers Fans Frustrated After Team Linked With Another NBA Veteran

Published 09/21/2021, 1:20 PM EDT
Los Angeles, CA, Saturday, February 6, 2021 – Lakers teammates enjoy their pregame ritual before taking on the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Players who were stars in the past continue to attract the Los Angeles Lakers’ attention. Having acquired several veterans already, it seems that the franchise is now interested in Monta Ellis, a former NBA player who is looking to return to the league. The 35-year-old hasn’t played in the league since 2016-17.

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Formerly, the guard was with the Indiana Pacers. Former Pacers coach Frank Vogel coached Ellis, and the former has now become the head coach of the Lakers. Thus, there’s a strong possibility that Vogel can reunite with the 6-foot-3 player.

Stephen Curry(30) and Monta Ellis(8) for the Golden State Warriors

Over the course of his career, the journeyman has averaged 17.8 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.5 rebounds. During the 2015 NBA playoffs, he averaged 26.0 points, 5.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game.

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Lakers’ fans express frustration with links to older stars

Many players signed by the Lakers were in their prime many years ago, including Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and DeAndre Jordan. Among the offseason additions, Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Kent Bazemore, Wayne Ellington, DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Russell Westbrook, and Rajon Rondo all age at least 32. Even with LeBron James at 36, the team’s impact players have largely completed their careers.

Fans of the franchise fans have expressed their frustration on social media with the Lakers’ recruitment strategy. The reaction to Ellis’ being linked to Lakers was frowned upon by fans while rival fans roasted the team for its affinity for older stars.

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It appears that the Lakers are considering adding another veteran player to their roster, even though they have been criticized for consistently acquiring older players. The new-look Los Angeles Lakers will finally be on display at the NBA training camp, after a long wait for Lakers’ fans.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the Greek Freak.

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