Lakers Reporter: "The Turnaround Has Been Tremendous"

The Lakers have gone from soap opera to best record in the NBA

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 20, 2019 - 8:06 am
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After missing the playoffs six years in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers entered 2019 dead-set on not only reaching the postseason, but also making some noise once they got there.

Well, there’s still a long way to go, but so far, so good, as the Lakers (12-2) have the best record in the NBA.

“It’s obviously incredible for them,” Lakers reporter Kyle Goon said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think back to the last time I called into your show, and I’m pretty sure we were talking about Magic Johnson-Rob Pelinka-related chaos for this team. The turnaround has been tremendous.”

LeBron James and Anthony Davis have been the best duo in basketball. James is averaging 25.0 points, 11.1 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game, while Davis is averaging 25.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

“I think a lot of people realized with LeBron and Anthony Davis the Lakers would be much better this year,” Goon said. “I think the poise they’ve showed and the impact of the veteran signings, including Dwight Howard, who somehow has gone from a pariah in this market – absolutely hated – to a fan favorite. I definitely couldn’t have predicted that that would go that smoothly. I couldn’t have predicted a lot of things about this 12-2 start.”

While adversity will come at some point in the season, James seems to respect head coach Frank Vogel. That has been a topic of debate with James’ previous head coaches.

Not so with Vogel.

“I think there’s two things going on with LeBron,” Goon said. “One, he respects Frank from times that they clashed together in the Eastern Conference. Frank sent two Pacers teams to the Eastern Conference Finals and really was the toughest challenge in the East to LeBron’s dynasty with the Heat. The other thing going on is having that second star – AD is another guy who keeps LeBron accountable to the coach and the defensive principles. I think that added buy-in that LeBron gets has really made a difference in him connecting to Frank.”

Click below to listen to Goon’s interview in its entirety.