“We knew that basically at the end of the day, what happened, happened,” Magic explained according to ESPN. “And we knew that when we first started, in terms of what happened. But hey, it is what it is.”
Some have even said the trade rumors have affected the chemistry of the squad and has hurt the development of the team’s young stars. Johnson quickly shut down those claims saying the team is fine and full of professionals.
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“Quit making this about thinking these guys are babies because that’s what you’re treating them like. They’re professionals. All of them. And this is how this league works. They know it, I know it — that’s how it goes. “So we’ve got to move forward, and we are moving forward. They played outstanding against Boston. Give them credit. And we want to play well today and continue on. This is a part of the league. You’ve got a good side of the business that we get paid to be professional basketball players, and there are deals like this.”
The Lakers are currently 10th in the Western Conference with a record of 28-28.