Despite back-to-back losses, the Los Angeles Lakers boast the NBA's best record through 25+ games so far this season. And while has been a reason for concern regarding their potential come playoff time, the Lakers' lack of practice time is an encouraging thing.
According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, the team hasn't had a formal practice since Nov. 30.
“It brings with it a certain level of discomfort from my end in terms of always wanting to cross all your T’s and dot all your I’s,” Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said. “But these guys have earned it and rewarded me with the carry over from our team meetings and 1-on-1 meetings that we have with these guys.
“They’ve picked things up and they’ve learned and improved and grown away from the basketball court regularly throughout this year. It’s something that, we have a veteran group with the intelligence that this group has, it really is a great luxury because when you have an experienced team like us, you don’t want to be leaving their legs on the practice court. So you’ve got to make sure that you can improve away from the court and these guys have done that.”
The Lakers have the second-highest average age per player of the NBA’s 30 teams (28.5). LeBron James turns 35 in two weeks and has already racked up a ton of miles on his body. No doubt, that has a lot to do with the lack of practice time.
The fact that the team has been doing so good without the practices really shows talented they are. It will be interesting to see if they can keep it up, especially as the season drags into its later stages.