(NEW YORK) — They may have started their season with a win, but former Lakers point guard Magic Johnson thinks the team and the fans are in for rude awakening this year.
The Lakers were swept out of the playoffs in the first round last season, lost Dwight Howard to free agency, and are waiting on 35-year-old Kobe Bryant to recover from an Achilles injury.
Johnson thinks things will only get worse for the team.
“Laker fans are spoiled. I don’t know how they’re going to react now, because this is going to be a tough season,” Johnson said on the Max and Marcellus Show on ESPNLA 710 Radio.
“This is going to be one of the roughest seasons that the Lakers have ever faced,” he added. “You’re waiting on Kobe [Bryant] to see if he can get healthy. Nobody knows if he can be what he was. Then you’ve got [Pau] Gasol — who I think is a premiere big man — but he plays better when he has talent around him.”
Since entering the NBA in 1996, the Lakers have missed the playoffs just once.
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