After packing their 2018-19 campaign on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers and headed into a long offseason with very few certainties.
Who will be the next president of basketball operations after Magic Johnson's surprise departure on Tuesday? What is the plan for general manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton? Should the new front office send the young core to an All Star player?
It's a lot to unpack and unfortunately it's not like someone is busy getting to it.
The one – and possibly only – thing the Lakers fans can expect to go into next season is LeBron James. James is under contract for at least two other seasons, and while possible, he could request a trade in the midst of chaos in and around the organization. It has been reported that he has not lost faith in the Lakers and thus
During an interview with Jim Hill from CBS Los Angeles, the four-hour league MVP sent a message to Lakers fans and said he is here for a long time :
"I came here for a reason and just a reason, and it is to play winning basketball and take this team back to where it should be. I see all these banners. I see all these banners ̵1; all the championship banners – and I want to be part of one of them.
"And I also see all those banners with all the Laker greats: Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Elgin, Wilt, Kobe, Shaq – I will also be up there . That's my motivation, and I won't stop until I enable this franchise to compete for a championship, hopefully win a championship and hopefully watch my shirt hang in the beams. That's what it's all about. "
Now, it is important to note that this interview took place before Johnson resigned, but it is unlikely that the feature changes James & # 39; s goal under the above report.
James could not bear the Lakers playoffs this season, but it had a lot to do with the fact that he missed 17 games with a groin injury in the thickness of the playoff race. Had James not missed so much time at crucial time for the season, it is not unreasonable to believe that the Lakers would have beaten the ticket for the off-season, even with all the other major damage to the roster.
Now, James will have The most idle time he has had since his sophomore season, giving him the chance to get a little needed resting for the legs, which have logged the next few minutes among active NBA players. Dirk Nowitzki, who announced his pension earlier in the week, was first. Now that he retires, James will take the place to start the next season. IN Not being able to see James or the Lakers in the postseason this year sticks securely, but at least Los Angeles will get a well-rehearsed James for the 2019-20 season. Even in 34 years, a well-rested James is one of the most threatening players in the league, and a well-resumed James, who says he's willing to do anything to help the Lakers wine, is undoubtedly even more dangerous.
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