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Lonzo Ball says Lakers team chemistry improved after trade deadline

Dunk Wire logo Dunk Wire 4/19/2019 Jacob Rude
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The trade deadline in the 2018-19 season will long be pointed at as a changing point in the early stages of the LeBron James era. It will either be seen as a small blip at the beginning of a successful partnership with Los Angeles or the first sign of how doomed the whole tenure will be.

Much has been discussed as to why it went so poorly with much of the conversation centered the morale of the team. With much of the roster including in rumored trade discussions, the team put forth a despondent effort in the final game before the deadline, resulting in an embarrassing 42-point defeat to the Indiana Pacers.

On Tuesday, Lonzo Ball spoke about the trade deadline and how it was the downfall of the season while appearing on House of Highlights live show.

"I think that kind of was leading to our downfall a little bit just because everybody's name was in it."

Eventually, though, the trade deadline gave way to the second half of the season where the Lakers grew noticeably closer off the court. Ball spoke about that aspect of the second half of the season in particular and how the dynamic of the team didn't change.

"I will say, for some reason, we got really close as a team after the trade deadline. Off the floor at least. I just think the injuries hurt us a lot."

"It wasn't weird. It was just like, obviously, everybody's name was in (trade rumors) which was kind of different. As far as guys on the team and in the locker room, we was all cool. We kind of stuck together off the court after that. We started going to a lot more dinners together and just hanging out off the court. Like I said, the injuries played a big role and we just couldn't pull it out at the end."

Unfortunately, off-court chemistry didn't change the disappointing aspect of the season. What it could lead to, though, is a stronger bond with the young core and James. Maybe it leads to them not being traded, maybe it leads to a stronger 2019-20 season. Hopefully, it does not lead to those veterans being brought back in the off-season, though.


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