The Lakers concluded their eight-game preseason with a 2-6 win loss record, but Coach Luke Walton was pleased with the progression his young team has shown.
“I feel like we’re starting to play better. We’re starting to understand concepts and understand what to look for in plays. And we’re playing at a faster pace for longer periods of time, which I think we need to do. SonI think it was a successful preseason,” Walton said.
The Lakers dropped their season finale against Phoenix Suns, fell twice to the Golden State Warriors, lost to the Portland Trailblazers and split their two-game series against the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings.
Two days after their last preseason game, the team announced that they have waived Anthony Brown and Yi Jianlian per the request of Yi and his agent.
“Yi was productive in practices and games with us, and was a consummate professional both on and off the court. However, he felt that the minutes and opportunities he’d be afforded here were not in line with his goals and ambitions, and that he’d be better off in a different situation. We appreciate his efforts and wish him great success as he goes forward with his career,” said General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
Metta World Peace and Thomas Robinson have made the Lakers’ opening night roster, surviving the final cut. The roster now stands at 15.
Position, Number, Player
F / C 28 Tarik Black
G 5 José Calderón
G 6 Jordan Clarkson
F 2 Luol Deng
G 9 Marcelo Huertas
F 14 Brandon Ingram
C 20 Timofey Mozgov
F 7 Larry Nance Jr.
F 30 Julius Randle
G 1 D’Angelo Russell
G 23 Lou Williams
G / F 0 Nick Young
C 40 Ivica Zubac
F 37 Metta World Peace
F 15 Thomas Robinson
The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers Tip Off at Staples Center on October 26 against the Houston Rockets.
HERE is the full Lakers 2016-17 Schedule.