Here are some projections for the upcoming Lakers season:
Opening night: Lakers fans give LeBron James a 10-minute standing ovation. Lakers lose game. Luke Walton says it will take time for team chemistry to kick in.
After Christmas Day loss, Walton is fired and replaced by recently fired Cleveland coach Ty Lue.
Lakers trade future draft pick for J.R. Smith.
Lakers become the eighth seed and are promptly swept by Houston in the first round of the playoffs. Ty Lue is fired. So is Magic Johnson. And Rob Pilenka.
Jeanie Buss hires Phil Jackson as coach and head of basketball operations.
Lakers lose opening game of 2019-2020 season.