Wait, wait, wait. Has not the Los Angeles Lakers’ first time with LeBron James been an unmitigated disaster?
You could call it that, sure. But remember we are talking about James’ initial time in Hollywood. He’s signed on for at least two more and, besides shouldering some blows in the insect, he still often looks like the league’s most dominant force.
That’s where the Lakers’ foundation begins. It may be enough on its own to warrant our spot.
But there is more to consider here.
Former No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram was in the middle of a breakout until deep venous thrombosis prematurely ended his third season. Kyle Kuzma, a year’s diamond in the rough, has pushed his counting categories nearly all . 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 commerce chips, they remain valuable assets.
They’ll need help if the Lakers will make a tournament run with James. But given their fiscal flexibility, young talent and potential top-10 select this summer, they have the capacity to snag a celebrity (or more) for its second straight offseason.
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