Amid the disappointment of Super Bowl defeat in Los Angeles, Rob Pelinka found a lesson.
He saw the swirling doubt around the aging Tom Brady and the New England Patriots dynasty earlier in the NFL season, and how they overcame it to add another title to their already impressive franchise legacy.
And though that might only cause Rams fans angst, the Lakers’ general manager was inspired.
“I think when you’re outside of the playoff race, it’s easy for the folks on the outside to say, ‘Oh!’ and writing them off and they’re not going to be good enough,” he said. “But my hope is our story is a little bit, maybe, like that where we’re on the outside but we find a way to get in the playoffs with the skill sets we’ve added.”
He added: “And then much like Brady did, we let one of the all-time greats – LeBron – take the helm for this team and make some noise.”
That’s the Lakers’ organizational attitude after the trade deadline: They made some tweaks, and now it’s time to let the team charge back into the playoffs. After dealing for wing Reggie Bullockand forward Mike Muscala, two players with shooting pedigrees who can space the floor, Pelinka said the expectation is to be among the top eight teams in the Western Conference for the first time since 2013.