For the first time since 2005, LeBron James will be watching the NBA playoffs from the comfort of his home, which has pressured the Lakers to do everything possible to make sure it does not happen again while he's in Los Angeles. So far, there are not many reasons to be optimistic about the future of the franchise.
Yes, the Lakers will be equipped with enough space to get James together with a free All-Star agent like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard or Kyrie Irving, but they have a lot of internal problems that they must solve before going to the star chasing
Is Luke Walton the right man to lead a Lakers team powered by stars? Does the young nucleus feel like a valuable part of the organization? Are the two boys in charge really the best people for the job? These are the types of questions that well-managed organizations have already answered, and that the Lakers have yet to resolve.
But despite the uncertainty surrounding the team, James told Allie Cliffton of Spectrum SportsNet in a personal interview that he fully relies on the office to change things:
"I would not have come here if I did not believe that this franchise is about winning, and try to do it every day and become a sustainable franchise." That's what all this is about. I mean we see these trophies here. We see these banners. When we arrive at the Staples Center, we see the placards, we see all the great ex that played in this game, so some things that are known do not even have to be said.
"I believe Jeanie [Buss]Cute [Rambis], Magical [Johnson] and Rob [Pelinka], and all those who have something to do with this organization … This is what it is. And it's absolutely fair that our fans feel how they feel. Because when you are a Laker from Los Angeles and have done the things you have done, in the course of time that is part of this organization, from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, that is how it should be.
"It's like we're competing for a championship, or we're winning championships, and I love that, that's why I'm here, because I want to be one that can be added to this room here, and hopefully add to the banners of the individuals that they helped bring greatness to this city. "
The quickest way to get back into contention is to pair James with another All-Star. It's a proven formula, and one that the Lakers hope to experience first-hand next season. But why is James, 34, so confident that he can recruit reputable free agents for the sunny city of Los Angeles, California?
For him, the answer is as simple as making the extra pbad:
"Because I play the game the right way, it's never about me. No one has asked any of my teammates" how is playing with LeBron? "How is playing with LeBron as a teammate?" Then you will get the answer. You will get the answer so easy. "
James is not sure who he will join this summer, but he is eager to discover:
"I'm anxious to see who jumps in the car with me to take this trip to the top, I know what I bring to the game, I know my commitment to the game, I've never cheated the game and, throughout my career, I always They do not mean that I'm guaranteeing a championship, but I'm guaranteeing my body, I'm guaranteeing that my mind will be, and always will be, a championship mentality.
The only glimmer of hope that Lakers fans have for the immediate future is that James will be on the list for at least two more years, and that while he is with the team, free agents will have some interest in playing in Los Angeles. . Ultimately, it is up to the main office to target the right players and close the deal, but the general lines of a path to follow are clear.
Whether it's a superstar player or a handful of good veterans, it looks like James is confident he can compete with whoever the Lakers arrive this summer. We will see if you can for this date next year.
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