Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:
For us, anything short of a championship is not success.
I generally dislike the championship-or-bust mentality. Teams can often have satisfying seasons that end short of a title.
But I think that’s a fair standard for these Lakers.
Not only do they have elite talent in LeBron and Davis, they’ve won 16 championships all-time. That’s 10 more than anyone besides the Celtics (17). That historic success raises the bar in Los Angeles.
The Lakers are better off leaning into that pressure rather than pretending it doesn’t exist.