Wesley Matthews
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Los Angeles Lakers highlighted the lack of practices due to the shortened 2020-21 season. The Lakers could not find their footing in the second part of the season due to injuries in several key members of the squad.

Wesley Matthews claimed that the Lakers will have the chance to practice more next season as the NBA is expected to return to its traditional schedule for the 2021-22 season.

(via Lakersnation):

“For most of it we played every other day with travel which doesn’t leave you much time to practice and go hard and compete in practice and play live in practice, and play five-on-five and four-on-four or whatever it is in practice so that you can see those live looks because you got to preserve your legs, you got to preserve your contact for when it really matters which is in the game,” Matthews said.

“A lot of our time we were spent, especially when the lineups were changing and guys were in and out and superstars and mega stars were in and out of the lineup. Games almost were kind of practices for us.”

“We played I don’t know how many rotations that had never been on the court together at the same time, so it was always a learning experience for us and that’s why I just feel like…I feel more comfortable now.”

Matthews is going to be a free agent this offseason hoping to return to LA as the Lakers will try to run it back and win the NBA championship.