Since the arrival of All-Star forward LeBron James in free agency last month, the Los Angeles Lakers have become the talk of the league heading into the 2018-19 season.
With the release of the schedules for the upcoming season, the Lakers have been slotted for the most nationally televised games in the NBA, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports.
The national television standings from the full NBA sked (ABC/ESPN, TNT, NBA TV)…
1: Lakers (43)
2. Golden State (40)
t3. Boston, Houston, Philly (39)
4. OKC (36)
No other teams are in the 30s (sidenote: San Antonio has 25)
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) August 10, 2018
What has been most surprising is that the Lakers even have more games nationally televised games than the back-to-back defending champion Golden State Warriors, who have won three out of the last four NBA titles with four NBA Finals appearances over that span. The Warriors certainly have enough star power along with their sustained success to be slotted in that top spot. However, Los Angeles has a significant amount of buzz that has with the four-time league MVP now in the fold that has put them front and center.
It certainly helps to have arguably the best player in the league leading the charge to help generate more attention to the franchise. On top of that, the Lakers are one of the most historic organizations in the league that has continued to be a mainstay in terms of popularity even through this five-year stretch without any playoff appearances. These factors combined have only elevated the team to the top of the list for being the most enticing to watch next season.
This has set the table even further for what may become a highly entertaining year that could see the Lakers back at the forefront of being one of the top teams in the league. There will be plenty of must-watch matchups throughout the season that has only added more intrigue around the NBA and built up even more anticipation for it to get underway in just over two months.
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