Monday, we noted the NBA's proposed re-start date of Dec. 22, and what that mean for LeBron and the Lakers. This week, we've learned James, no surprise, would rather start the season on MLK Day. He's got company, too. But given the revenue at stake—are rank-and-file guys going to give up real income so LBJ, Anthony Davis and the Laker can get more rest?
Worth wondering, for sure.
So assuming things do start around the NBA's proposed timeline, how will the Lakers respond? Last season, there was no load management, nor any concessions to the regular season. The Laker kept their foot on the gas throughout. But this year? With a truncated offseason both of those guys will likely need protection, meaning load management (or some euphemism for it) feels likely.
It would make the supporting cast that much more important... so we ask, if you could only bring back one of the two, is it Markieff Morris or Dwight Howard? Does Rajon Rondo go? And if so, who might replace him. If two rotation guys with very specific skill sets leave, finding a "plug-and-play" option won't be easy, and none of the free agents can easily replicate what Rondo and Howard do.
So where do Rob Pelinka and Frank Vogel accept some tradeoff? What will they eventually look like?