Lonnie Walker IV admits ‘no worse feeling’ than losing so many games

Your Los Angeles Lakers have certainly had a lot of hasty losses. After the team’s loss to the Sacramento Kings yesterday, LA fell to the second-lowest record of the 2022-23 season so far (above the Houston Rockets), a miserable 2-10 start.

Los Angeles VP of Basketball Operations Rob Pelinka’s disappointing roster build around the team this summer has set the stage for a potentially disastrous run unless LeBron James and Anthony Davis return. miraculously to their 2019-20 All-NBA selves.

That said, two of Pelinka’s new additions have actually been quite impressive, albeit in outsized roles beyond what they’d be expected to contribute at a playoff-caliber club. Wings Lonnie Walker IV and Troy Brown Jr., both signed to veteran minimum deals, have been two of the Lakers’ most reliable players around the team’s stars. Both players were solid scoring around the bucket, but were pretty inconsistent connecting deep.

For the year, Walker is averaging 15.7 points per game on .457 / .314 / .793 shooting, as well as 2.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.7 blocks per night, while starting in his 10 Lakers competitions. In 10 games (eight starts), Brown is averaging 9.5 points on .435/.317/1,000 shooting splits and had 5.2 rebounds per night.

Brown had a pretty poor game against the Kings last night, scoring just two points on 1-of-6 shooting from the field. Walker had a much more efficient night, collecting 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the floor (including 2 of 4 shooting from deep).

By Lakers Nation, Walker expressed his frustration with the team’s seemingly endless losses. “There’s no worse feeling than losing, especially when you put a lot of hard work and effort into the game,” Walker said. “We just have to keep going and stay on course, understand it’s a long season and keep fighting. Keep going.”

It’s good that Walker at least maintains a publicly balanced attitude about all of this.

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