Most people are writing the Lakers off next season; some don’t even think the purple and gold will make it to the playoffs. Nick Young isn’t one of those people, though.
According to Mark Medina, Young thinks the Lakers will like being “the underdog” and his new team will “have a shot at the title” next season:[pullquote]“I believe we’ll be all right,” said Young, who averaged 11.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and one assist in six seasons, including one year with the Clippers. “We’ll have a shot at the title. We like to be the underdog. We can sneak in when no one expects much from us. It should spark some energy and some motivation. We have a lot to prove. For me, I know I’m going to be on the biggest stage there is in the NBA.”[/pullquote]
The Lakers should definitely be playing with something to prove next season. Almost every player on the squad will be looking to have a bounce-back or breakout year, which should translate into guys playing hard and competing for wins.
However, next season will be far from easy, especially if Kobe Bryant takes some time to get back to the court. L.A. also has a tough schedule to start the year, with the season opening against the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors in back-to-back nights. The purple and gold will then face the San Antonio Spurs in their third game of the year.
The Lakers are entering the year with zero expectations on their shoulders, though, which could prove to work massively in their favor.