The L.A. Lakers could well be considered the surprise package of the season thus far.
For the last few years, the Lakers have been anything but the illustrious franchise they are commonly known as around the world.
As the legendary Kobe Bryant's career wound down, so did the Purple and Gold's title aspirations and last season, with just 17 wins, was an all-time low.
With one of the greatest shooting guards of all-time now retired, one would think the Lakers would plummet even further, right?
Wrong. Under new coach Luke Walton, the young Lakers are surprising everybody with their uptempo game and floor spacing abilities.
Perhaps the best asset they have acquired is a scoring bench. In Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson, the Lakers have built the highest-scoring second unit in the league.
The latter of that partnership was asked if the Lakers miss Bryant in any kind of way, and the guard had a curious answer.
“We’ve kind of moved on. It’s almost like breaking up with your girlfriend,” he said. “It’s kind of weird without them around and stuff. But it’s just us. We’re in our own space now. We’re creating something new.”
It should be noted that former coach Byron Scott was responsible for the Lakers' perils as much as anyone, but Clarkson is hardly crying into his pillow at night now Kobe is gone.