Timofey Mozgov

The Lakers can win by continuing to lose — honestly, of course

The Lakers can win by continuing to lose — honestly, of course

The NBA trade deadline passed Thursday with one notably loud and wonderful grinding of gears.

The team that took the biggest step forward was the one that threw itself in reverse.

The big winners were the Lakers, because they set themselves up to be losers.

In his first days as the team’s basketball boss, in keeping with his vow that “it’s not gonna be an easy fix,” Magic Johnson delightfully threw up his hands, shrugged his shoulders and made them worse.

He traded his best player, Lou Williams. He didn’t acquire anybody gifted enough to replace him. He didn’t acquire anybody accomplished enough to make any sort of impact. He also didn’t give up any...

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