The new showtime LA Lakers

Rondo Thompson, Staff Writer

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The "Kobe-less" LA Laker era has started this 16-17 NBA season. A historic franchise that has the stats and rings to prove their success looks to move on from the Kobe Bryant era. A very young teams full of talent looks to be in rebuilding mode. With a rookie head coach Luke Walton Jr., the face of the franchise gone, and die hard fan-base, where do the Lakers head now?

At 9-10 the Lakers have already surpassed the amount of wins the from last season in the first month of the 16-17 season. The Lakers seem to be much improved under new rookie head coach Luke Walton, Jr., a former Laker himself. A team where the oldest starter is 24 years of age, LA is excited about what the future holds.

The NBA's brightest young player D'Angelo Russell , the former top pick in the draft out of Ohio Sate,. enters his second year and looks to take over the role as leader of the team now that Bryant has retired.

The Lakers have some great players gearing up for this season: Jordan Clarkson, the 23-year-old, 6'5'' guard from Missouri; number one overall pick Duke Brandon Ingram; Julius Randle from Kentucky, who averages 13.3 point per game; and newly acquired center Timofey Mozgov , who is shaping himself as one the league's best shot-blockers.