Getting Used To LeBron James On The Los Angeles Lakers

Florence Fletcher
July 6, 2018

James signed a four-year, $153 million deal with the Lakers on Sunday night, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Eastern Conference behind. I had no reason to imagine I wouldn't be a diehard Laker fan for life. From Lance Stephenson to Javale McGee and LaVar Ball to Rajon Rondo, there is sure to be some drama in Hollywood this year. Cousins, a four-time All-Star who averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game last season for the New Orleans Pelicans, announced that he will sign with the Golden State Warriors.

While Rondo has demonstrated that he can still contribute, especially as a passer, his defense and shooting are still severe limitations in his game. Neither can shoot all that well and both require the ball to be effective, which goes against the qualities the typical role player next to LeBron has had over the years.

A source told Shelburne that the Lakers felt a sense of urgency this week to find a co-star to play alongside James, either through free agency with George or through a trade for Leonard. If Rondo outplays Ball in any significant manner, it may deflate Ball's value on the market and make it more hard to swing a deal for Leonard.

I'm still trying to figure out whether I'm a fan of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

Other free-agents decided remaining with their team's was the best option. Lakers have always been one of the fiercest enemies of the Warriors.

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James will join a Lakers team which has missed the playoffs for five consecutive seasons, the longest streak in franchise history. Before signing with the Lakers, James was also linked to the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets.

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Walton has previously expressed his appreciation for the support that he has received from the Lakers' front office which also includes president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka. Evans offers the same sort of skill set as Stephenson but at a higher level and without the on-court antics. He goes on to predict some "championships for the Lakers", claiming that LeBron's four year window gives them room to go four in a row.

Magic Johnson said he would step down if he couldn't land any elite free agents for the Lakers during the next 2 summers.

For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted the teenage sensation from Akron in 2003 and have to be satisfied with winning just one title in the 11 years they had him.

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