2017-18 L.A. Lakers preview: Fans are ready to be exceptional again

This is the second of Limited Upside’s 30 team previews leading up to next season. We’re bringing together representatives from all 30 SB Nation team sites and other team-specific experts from the SB Nation/Limited Upside community to gauge the temperature of the fanbase heading into the season.

The Lakers will be a hot ticket because of Lonzo Ball. They have a fun young core, even though some wish D’Angelo Russell wasn’t cast aside. They have dreams of LeBron James next summer. Beware. The monster is re-awakening.

Max Garcia Elite Jersey Mike missed this one, so in his place, we welcomed SBNation.com featured writer Zito Madu and the Silver Screen and Roll / Locked on Lakers dynamic duo of Harrison Faigen and Anthony Irwin to the show to dive into the revived Lakers. Among the topics discussed:

Fernando Rodney Game Jersey Wilks heard me and called me a (racial) name. I got so mad I couldn’t hold myself back. I told him that Texas is worse than Russia. Then I walked straight into the clubhouse.

Cleveland suspended Grant for the season without pay. Wilks tried apologizing but Grant was boiling.

I’m sick of hearing remarks about colored people, he said. I don’t have to stand there and take it.

After Grant, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, track athletes, stood on the medal stand during the 1968 Summer Olympics. They gave black power salutes while wearing black gloves during the anthem.

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