Could the Los Angeles Lakers draw inspiration from the New England Patriots' most recent Super Bowl-winning season?
L.A. general manager Rob Pelinka recently explained in a media conference call how he hopes the story of the 2018-19 Lakers mirrors that of the Patriots' after they beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII last Sunday.
"I think early on (the Patriots) were facing a ton of adversity," Pelinka said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. "There were lots of stories being told about fractured relationships, but what did they do? They kind of came together.
"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. And then much like (Tom) Brady did, we let one of the all-time greats -- LeBron (James) -- take the helm for this team and make some noise."
It's certainly been a rough for months for the Lakers. LeBron James missed many games with an injury and the team dropped out of a playoff spot. Trade rumors clearly affected some of the team's young players who reportedly were involved in the failed Anthony Davis talks. The Lakers also lost to the Indiana Pacers by 42 points last week -- the worst loss ever by a James-led team.
Los Angeles overcame this adversity and a huge deficit in Thursday night's game against the Boston Celtics and pulled off a buzzer-beating win at TD Garden -- a victory that could potentially turn around what's been a difficult season for the Purple and Gold.
The Lakers will be a tough out if they make the postseason because it's usually foolish to bet against James. However, surviving a grueling playoff run and winning a championship like the Patriots just did would be even more of a challenge for the Lakers, who likely would face the daunting task of taking down the Golden State Warriors dynasty along the way.
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