Mitch Kupchak says Lakers are equipped to make playoffs

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The Lakers missed the playoffs by 24 games last season.

Since, they’ve added D’Angelo Russell, Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass.

Is that enough to make a difference?

Baxter Holmes of ESPN:

I suppose the Lakers can hope for better health from Kobe Bryant, but he turns 37 next month and hasn’t played effectively or remained healthy in two years. Banking on more from him is a mistake.

And I don’t think that’s enough, anyway.

Even a healthy Kobe can’t carry a team like he used to, and his supporting cast is lacking. Plus, the Western Conference is ridiculously strong.

Phil Jackson recently lamented he wasn’t getting compared to Kupchak. I suspect that will change.