Wait, wait, wait. Has the Los Angeles Lakers’ time with LeBron James been an unmitigated disaster?
You could call it , sure. But don’t forget we’re talking about James’ initial time in Hollywood. He’s signed on for at least two and, besides shouldering some uncharacteristic blows in the insect, he often looks like the most dominant force of the league.
That is where the Lakers’ foundation starts. It might be sufficient on its own to justify our top spot.
But there is more to consider here.
Former No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram was in the midst of a breakout before deep venous thrombosis prematurely finished his third time. The diamond in the rough of last year, kyle Kuzma, has pushed nearly all of his counting categories ahead. Lonzo Ball continued flood stat sheets with per-36-minute marks of 11.8 points, 6.5 assists and 6.3 rebounds prior to an ankle injury closed him down.
Kuzma is 23 years old; Ball and Ingram are 21. Whether they’re building blocks or trade chips, they remain valuable assets.
If the Lakers are going to make a tournament run with James, they’ll need help. But given their fiscal flexibility, youthful talent and potential top-10 pick this summerthey possess the means to snag a celebrity (or more) for its second straight offseason.
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