On the 4th of October in Anaheim California, the Lakers kicked off their preseason debut playing the Sacramento Kings. The first bucket scored by a Laker was from Julius Randle. He started the preseason off with a nice jump shot for two points. Shortly after, Marcelo Huertas and Jordan Clarkson threw back-to-back alley-oop dunks. That game brought back memories of the 1980-1990s championship Lakers teams. The era was fittingly called “Showtime”! This style of play was fast paced and exciting. Opposing teams had a hard time keeping up with that group of talented players.
Although it was only a preseason game, the Lakers getting a win represented so much more. This win is an encouraging sign of hope for the team and its fan base. The Lakers started off slow and ended up going down by 12 points at the end of the first half. Luke Walton and the coaching staff were able to make adjustments and the team responded well with excellent defense, shooting, and most importantly teamwork. The team rallied back and wound up blowing out the Kings by 20 points.
The Lakers will take the court on the 7th of October against the Denver Nuggets for their second preseason game. The game should be exciting and hopefully Showtime basketball will be in full effect. The team has renewed confidence, and I feel that they will get another victory. Showtime is back!!!