Luke Walton Thinks Lakers ‘Showed A Lot Of Growth’ Since Injuries To LeBron James & Rajon Rondo
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After injuries to LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, the Los Angeles Lakers lost five out of their first six games without them. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram struggled to take on larger roles, but they’ve rebounded and the team has won two games in a row.

As the young core was adjusting to playing without their two leaders, they either started games off slowly or could not close them out.

With Ingram, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma and Ball asked to do more, head coach Luke Walton initially felt they were putting more on themselves, but not in a selfish manner.

However, after Walton called out Ingram and Ball following the loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, they have since responded against the Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons.

Along with Kuzma’s return from a lower back contusion, Walton believes the young Lakers have taken a major step.

“I thought our team showed a lot of growth from the post-LeBron and Rondo injuries,” Walton said after the 113-100 win over the Pistons.

“There were times in that game tonight where in previous games we would’ve bled points and what not and started taking quick shots. I thought our guys did a nice job staying composed, continuing to share the ball, continuing to make plays. And ultimately, winning by competing on the defensive end.”

As James is set to be re-evaluated Friday, it remains unclear when he will return from his strained groin.

While the young core might have felt pressured to fill James’ shoes, they are learning there are different ways to win games. With there being no pecking order, the Lakers are playing together and have a blueprint without James and Rondo.

Reminder: Vivid Seats is the Official Ticket Reseller of LakersNation.com. New Customers use “LAKERSNATION” (all CAPS) in the Vivid Seats App on your phone and get 10% off any Lakers home game ticket order for the remainder of the season.

You May Also Like

Official Images & Release Date Details For White/Sail, Fuchsia, Parachute Beige Coloraways Of Nike LeBron James x John Elliott Icon QS

Months before LeBron James played his first game with the Los Angeles Lakers, he and Nike partnered with menswear…

2011 NBA Draft- News and Rumors

First Round Draft Order 1. Cleveland Cavaliers (from L.A. Clippers) 2. Minnesota Timberwolves 3. Utah…

Los Angeles Lakers 2020 NBA Finals Schedule & TV Info

The Los Angeles Lakers, after needing just five games to get through each of their Western Conference series…

VIDEO: Brandon Ingram, Thomas Robinson Serve Lakers Thanksgiving Feast

With the holiday spirit in mind, the Los Angeles Lakers kicked off their first event of their annual ‘Season Of Giving,’ serving up a Thanksgiving feast to 500 guests from L.A. community organizations with the helping hands of Brandon Ingram, Thomas Robinson and the Laker girls…