3. A winning culture exists from the top to the bottom
Culture in sports is often an overlooked aspect of success. The Cleveland Browns do not have a winning culture, hence the team has been awful for almost the entire century. However, sports franchises such as the New York Yankees have that culture and aura around them that allows the team to make it to the ALCS after selling all of their pieces one season prior.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are one of those teams with that winning culture and it starts from the top. First and foremost, the Buss family is nothing short of winners. Outside of their own family drama, the Buss family has held majority ownership in the Lakers for nearly 40 years winning 10 championships.
Then it bleeds down to President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka. Magic is the greatest point guard of all-time and if it his career was not cut short he may be in the discussion for the greatest of all-time. Players want to play for someone like Magic.
Then there is Pelinka, the former agent that represented players from Kobe Bryant to James Harden. If anyone knows superstars and winning, it is Pelinka.
That culture from the top bleeds into the bottom and this young Lakers team is hungry to win. Lonzo Bal set the playoffs in his sights for his rookie season. Other young talents are itching for relevancy.
Because of that winning culture, the Lakers are bound to turn back into the powerhouse that has won 16 NBA Championships. Just like the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Lakers can become relevant again in the blink of the eye.