The saying the days are long, the years are short applies to the NBA, too.

April and the playoffs will be here in no time, but the day-to-day will be a long grind even for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The ups and downs of their season will be chronicled in excruciating detail. Heck, the ups and downs of their 121-114 season-opening loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday is already being dissected.

On Day 1 of the season, there’s no need for overreactions that will define the Lakers’ season. But there are truths the Lakers need to address if they are going to win their second title in three seasons.

Except for their two main players LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers overhauled their roster. Of the five starters and 10 rotation players against the Warriors, only James and Davis were with the team last season though Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard have institutional knowledge from playing on the 2020 championship team.

The Lakers are mixing in new players, and that will take time, as the Lakers anticipated.