Too Early To Worry?

The Lakers’ brand new Big Three made their debut Tuesday on the wrong side of a 111-99 preseason contest with the Golden State Warriors.

One season after failing to defend their 2020 title, the Lakers committed $120.8 million to the Big Three for 2021-22 and $165 million to the entire team — approximately $33.1 million above the luxury tax line.

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook will most likely work out playing together on the same team for the first time, but we can’t ignore the 0-5 preseason record.

  • James finished with 17 points but turned the ball over six times.
  • Westbrook turned the ball over five times, bringing his three-game TO total to 20 — and he’s shooting 24.2% from the field.
  • Davis was a bright spot: 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

“We’re going to have moments where we’re not quite right there,” James said after. “We may take steps backwards… but that’s all part of [it].”

Should we expect growing pains? The Lakers have 10 new faces on their 15-man roster, and four of them are recovering from injury. Plus, the Lakers are one of the oldest teams in the league, with eight players 33 or older.

L.A. might be worried about hosting these same Warriors in the opener, but we’re guessing eventually no one will question the investment in the Big Three.