Before the 2022-23 NBA season begins, the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be working hard to improve their roster. They were simply poor in the 2021-22 NBA season, despite having a Big 3 of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook.
The first issue that resulted in the Lakers' poor season was the fact that their three superstars didn't play many games together. AD was injured for most of the year, so we didn't really get to see the Lakers at their best last season.
Another mistake the Lakers made was not focusing on the defensive end of the court. While they had players who could handle the scoring duties, the Purple and Gold played a lackluster defense throughout the season.
And last but not least was the fact that the Lakers' bench was pretty old - plain and simple. Towards the end of the reason, the players looked visibly tired, and it impacted their performance.
Anyway, ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season, the Lakers have been trying to make sure they do not repeat their past mistakes. They have added a bunch of young guys on the bench and have already traded for Patrick Beverley to help with defense.
Defense Was Never The Lakers' Problem According To Gilbert Arenas
Most think that the Lakers played badly last season due to the lack of good players on the defensive end of the floor. However, former NBA star Gilbert Arenas believes their poor defense was connected to their offense.
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"I'm like wait what are y'all doing? I don't like what I'm seeing right now, okay we got more defense cool but I don't think defense was our problem. I think because we can't score, we don't want to play defense. ... I mean Pat Bev like let's don't get me wrong, he has the capability of scoring he averaged 37 a game in high school so it's not like he can't score either but he has a knack for playing defense and that's what his mind is set on.
Beverley has been the biggest acquisition made by the Lakers this offseason. But according to Arenas, the Lakers didn't really need him.
He believes the Lakers' defense wasn't an issue last season, but it was the fact that they were bad on the offensive end of the court that resulted in the team playing bad defense. That's certainly a unique take by Arenas and is a direct shot at the Lakers' decision to trade for Patrick Beverley.