Lakers make case as a destination in loss against Warriors


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LOS ANGELES — As the Lakers have learned the hard way in recent years – cough, LaMarcus Aldridge, cough – free agency pitch meetings can get a bit too complicated sometimes.

The business folks come in talking about market strength and how a player’s off-court brand will be booming, somehow forgetting along the way that that these are basketball players who care about the game before and after everything else.

So when the time comes to pitch the likes of LeBron James and Paul George this summer, here’s one surefire way of keeping it simple and effective: Show tape of Wednesday night’s 127-123 loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors that came without Rookie of the Year candidate, Kyle Kuzma (back spasms).

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