Luke Walton Discusses What Lakers Must Do To Win On The Road Consistently
Lakers News: On Eve Of Halloween, Players Got Scared In Supposedly Haunted Hotel
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

One of the major reasons for the Los Angeles Lakers’ recent struggles has been the fact that they have been on the road a lot this season. Luke Walton’s squad has played 20 road games already this season, more than any other team in the NBA.

Most young players and teams tend to play better at home than on the road so the Lakers’ road heavy schedule was not ideal for the success of this team.

— Get 15% off everything in the Lakers Nation Store right now by using the promo code ‘Lakers’ —

Walton understands what it takes to be successful on the road and spoke about it in an interview with Basketball Insiders’ Cody Taylor:

“It touches on being able to be mentally tough enough to be on the road when the other team’s crowd is getting loud and they have momentum being able to stay within what we do and execute plays and get to the free throw line or continue to play a certain way as opposed to coming in and making the hero shot,” Walton said. “It comes with playing years together and being familiar with the staff and what not.”

Mental toughness is something that has come up recently in discussing these Lakers. Walton has spoken about developing that through this rough stretch that the Lakers are going through right now. General Manager Mitch Kupchak has even mentioned that he wants the team to play harder on a consistent basis.

The Lakers have a lot of growing to do overall. The team is full of talent, but the intangibles are lacking right now. As Walton pointed out, it takes mental fortitude to stay with the game plan when things aren’t going your way, and these Lakers have too often turned to individual play.

At the end of the day this is a young team and these things take time. The hope is that they grow from all of this, and eventually become one of the league’s elite.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Anthony Davis Explains Decision To Pass On Social Justice Message For Jersey

The NBA is doing multiple things in order to push for social justice and change as they prepare to return and finish…

Lakers Vs. Spurs Preview: Lakers Look To End Losing Streak

The Los Angeles Lakers are going through their lowest point of the…

Lakers News: Drake Wears Kobe Bryant Minneapolis Jersey To 2000s-Themed Birthday Party

Two weeks ago, Drake brought LeBron James on stage as part of the “Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour” at the Staples Center…

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Talked To Phil Jackson Regarding Jordan Comparison

Phil Jackson has been in the media multiple times throughout the last…