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Before 2019-20 NBA the season was halted in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the the Los Angeles Lakers were 5.5 games ahead of the second seeded L.A. Clippers in the Western Conference and had a healthy James Lebron opening the way.
Forward Jared Dudley believes this season has been the team’s “best chance” at winning a championship with the current kernel, which has been on their mind since the game was stopped.
He talked about the concept with Michael Lee from The Athletic:
“Even next year, there is no better time than we are in five games, everyone is in good health. It is something we have been good at, our health has been phenomenal this year. So you have that, with our defense. Yeah, you could be more talented, but just because you have more talent doesn’t mean you’re better. So, for us, I’m not going to say that Even if we win the championship next year, it’s not saying it wouldn’t have been our best chance. It would have been our best chance to win, even if you go into the future. “
Although the Lakers have been near the top of the standings throughout the season, they have looked at the role of the title contenders in two of their last three games before the game was suspended with wins over the Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.
Milwaukee has the best league record and reigning MVP at Giannis Antetokounmpo, while the Clippers have NBA Finals reigning MVP Kawhi Leonard. If there are two players who can go with LeBron in a playoff series, it is them.
Dudley revealed that these games only reinforced his thinking that purple and gold were ready for the challenges the post-season brings:
“Especially after we beat the Clippers and Milwaukee like we did. The adjustment we made when thinking about the playoffs, most likely, we’re going to have to go through with those teams. And here’s how it is. We saw the adjustments we made, winning at home against Milwaukee and having the success we had defensively against them and defeating the Clippers in their arena, even if we could have majority fans, as we have LeBron guarding Kawhi and Giannis. It probably shocked them, like, “He’s up to the challenge.” And we go to the locker room like, we know it’s just a regular season game, but it meant more It gave a mental tone, because the Clippers beat us twice. They think, they beat us three times: “Oh, they got us. I don’t care what anyone says, regular season games are not all the same. “
Unfortunately for the Lakers, they could not build on the momentum they had created in these games with the game pending after the season’s suspension on March 11.
Dudley said “it looks more and more dark day by day” that the 2019-2020 season can continue, echoing an ESPN report. Brian Windhorst Friday.
Windhorst reported that “the NBA is seeking a deal that will allow it to close the season” during discussions with the players’ union. Although he still leaves open the possibility that the game may resume, he has also focused much of his discussions on how he will respond financially to the cancellation of the season.
Windhorst also reported that the Chinese government has restricted the restart of its professional sports leagues, including basketball, which was notable because “China’s attempt to restart sports is closely watched by leagues around the world “.
It appears that the Lakers do not have the opportunity to seize this golden opportunity.