Lakers’ Ownership Sees Surprising Changes After Disappointing Playoff Exit
The Los Angeles Lakers were one of the favorites to win the title this season. After retaining key players from last season’s championship run, the Lakers retooled their roster with younger players.
Given how Frank Vogel and Co. started off their season, the Purple and Gold looked in prime position to repeat this season. But injuries plagued the champions midway through the season. While LeBron James and Anthony Davis did return to the lineup during the playoffs, the Lakers did not have enough left on their tank and succumbed to a first round exit against the Phoenix Suns.
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Defending champions see shocking ownership change
A first round exit was certainly not the result the Lakers faithful expected. Given that they have two perennial superstars in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Purple and Gold were supposed to be in for a Finals run.
While injuries did have a major effect on the same, the Lakers’ minority ownership might not be satisfied with their team’s performance this season. Recently minority owners AEG Worldwide sold their stake to an anonymous buyer. Owner Phillip Auschwitz of AEG owned 27% of the Lakers organization which accounted for a whopping total $1.35 billion.
Anschutz owns 27 % so this is a large chunk of a $5+ billion franchise. Buss family has 66 % so nothing changes for Lakers ownership now. Just minority new partners. Big long term question is whether Anschutz’ first right to purchase (if Buss family ever sells) transfers in sale. https://t.co/7sZYHXGUFt
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 26, 2021
This certainly is a pretty shocking turn of events and might suggest that some minority owners might be losing trust on the roster. While the Buss family continue to own majority share, a first round exit hasn’t helped the organisation’s cause.
This certainly increases pressure on executive Rob Pelinka who has to retool the roster yet again and prepare the Lakers to run it back next season.
Can the Lakers win challenge for the title in the 2021-22 season?
The Lakers certainly are one of the most talented teams in the league. With arguably the best player in the world by their side and a superstar in Anthony Davis, the Purple and Gold are primed to succeed in the NBA.
But recently the competition has drastically increased. With the Brooklyn Nets forming a big three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden and teams like the Phoenix Suns and the LA Clippers making strides in the West, the Lakers are facing massive competition.
While the Lakers roster looked good on paper, they did not gel at all last season. This led to a team solely dependent on the talents of Bron and AD and a team lacking any cohesiveness.
With a bunch of free agents, Rob Pelinka might have his hands full. Can the Lakers build a championship roster and run it back next season?
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