The 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers remains one of the worst teams in franchise history. The Lakers finally had a lottery pick — No. 7 overall — which they used to draft Julius Randle. Randle was supposed to be the beginning of a new era for the Lakers in which youth was the focus.
However, Randle broke his leg in the very first game of the season, leaving L.A. with little to go off of. They had Kobe Bryant, but injuries marred him for yet another year, and it was clear he was nearing the end of his playing days. He played in just 35 of the Lakers 82 games.
L.A. finished that season with a franchise worst 21-61 record. It was the fourth worst record in the entire league, but it would give them another chance at a lottery selection. Perhaps the only positive from 2014-15 was the initial emergence of 2014 draft pick Jordan Clarkson.
In the postseason, it was the Golden State Warriors who were the team to beat out west after the San Antonio Spurs appeared to be nearing the end of their competitive rope with the aging core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli.
The Warriors would get to the Finals and face LeBron James and a battered Cleveland Cavaliers team. Despite not having Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, James found his way in the Finals for the fifth straight year. There, they would put up a competitive fight against the Warriors, but would eventually lose, signaling the beginning of the Warriors dynasty.
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