Has there ever been any single NBA season as comparable to a soap opera as that of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018-19?
From the first day that they signed LeBron James in free agency, to the utter calamity of the Anthony Davis saga, to Magic Johnson resigning as president of basketball operations and the team parting ways with head coach Luke Walton within a span of two days, the Lakers have been a constant source of news.
Los Angeles was a very popular pick to return to the playoffs and even make a run towards the top of the Western Conference, but instead succumbed to injuries, poor defending and a total lack of perimeter shooting.
Walton, in particular, seemed hard-pressed to balance the need for nurturing improvement from the youngsters while simultaneously appeasing veterans like James, JaVale McGee and (formerly) Michael Beasley.
And so, the Lakers will head into their offseason with a host of priorities, which also includes luring a max-level free agent to join James. But first, they will have to resolve the coaching vacancy and bring on their fourth head coach in the past five years.