The Los Angeles Lakers slow start to the 2022-23 season has been the topic of a lot of discussions to start the new NBA season. There was a lot of hope that the Lakers would be able to turn things around this season despite not addressing their biggest concerns over the offseason. The early results have been a loud and resounding "no" on whether those changes would do the trick for Los Angeles.
Caldwell-Pope offers his two cents on LeBron and the Lakers
Everyone feels inclined to offer their opinion on the Lakers and what is wrong with them or what can be done to fix them amid their slow start. There are a lot of issues on their roster, but among them is the fact that LeBron James has appeared to be going through the motions to open the season. James largely kept the Lakers alive on his own last season, but that hasn't been the case this season.
If you ask former Laker and current Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, that's exactly what is wrong with the team. In Caldwell-Pope's eyes, L.A. doesn't appear to be actually playing basketball, and it looks like they are just playing games to play them at this point. According to Caldwell-Pope, James will need to step up and take control of his team if things are going to change anytime soon.
"Just watching the games, it just looks like there's no basketball over there. It's just playing pickup. It's hard to watch sometimes. So from me to him, just get the team together, and I just want to see that spark in him again. I don't think I see that spark in Bron. So, hopefully, he can get it back." - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, ESPN
Caldwell-Pope offers an interesting perspective on the Lakers
Caldwell-Pope has a unique perspective on the Lakers considering how he spent time with the team while playing alongside James. It's hard to disagree with his analysis, as it's pretty spot on; James and the Lakers don't look like they are having a good time playing together, and the 2-7 record they have so far speaks a lot about the team's struggles.
There are holes on the Lakers roster that aren't likely to be solved anytime soon, and that's a big problem for the team moving forward. They can hope everyone on their roster can play better, but based on what we have seen through seven games, that doesn't exactly appear to be close to happening.
Some of that falls on James' shoulders, as he is the unquestioned leader of the Lakers, and he had a role in the construction of the team's current roster. Now that it's falling apart, he hasn't been able to step up and take charge as he has in the past. Whether he can find that spark that Caldwell-Pope mentions could be the only thing that can save the Lakers from completely falling apart this season.