LeBron James believes that this offseason will be "critical" for him and the Los Angeles Lakers after the franchise has missed the postseason for the sixth consecutive year.
"I've never played fantasy basketball," James told Bleacher Report in a story published on Wednesday. "But I'll be as active as necessary to make this franchise better, that's why I came here, I came here to win, and obviously, we have to improve, as far as our staff is concerned, we have an opportunity to improve. talent and many types that can help our franchise, so I will be as active as necessary so we can improve and move forward. "
The Lakers' owner, Jeanie Buss, remains appreciative of Luke Walton, but continues to dodge doubts about his future as the team's head coach.
Rarely does a moment cause the fall of a season. The Los Angeles Lakers 2018-19 failures began in 2017.
LeBron James, eighteen years old, rejected a $ 10 million bonus for the signature shoe and set the course for a billion dollar future.
With the playoffs offside, the Lakers will enter a low season with speculation about the safety of coach Luke Walton, as well as the construction of the list. Seven of the 14 players from Los Angeles are ready to reach free agency.
"It's a critical summer for me," James told Bleacher Report. "Obviously, the franchise will live forever, but for me, personally, it's very important, because I want to compete and I want to compete now."
James will once again embark on the recruiting path in search of finding talent to play alongside him in Los Angeles. He told ESPN's Rachel Nichols in December, before he and the Lakers chased down the New Orleans Pelicans star, Anthony Davis, at the Feb. 1 trade deadline, which has always considered recruitment as part of your paper.
"I've always recruited," James told Nichols. "I've been trying to get the boys to come play with me since 2007. They've rejected me a lot, but they have not rejected me either."
The eight parts of the docuseries, produced by UNINTERRUPTED and broadcast on ESPN +, will follow the unlikely journey of LeBron James and Maverick Carter from Akron to the global stage. Watch on ESPN +
James also told the Bleacher Report that he believes in the Lakers' ability to get a key piece.
"So it's very critical for me and for my future. [for the Lakers to acquire another star this offseason]"James said." And I'm positive and very optimistic that Magic [Johnson] and Rob [Pelinka] And the franchise will be great.
"They got me, I'm very confident, and I trust that the players want to play with me, I'm very confident about that."
James, who missed a long stretch with a groin injury and will end his first season with the Lakers after playing 55 games, his lowest average was 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 badists.
The Lakers had lost the playoffs only five times in the first 65 years of the franchise's existence before the current streak.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN contributed to this report.