Feb 23, 2021
Lakers In Trouble, Should Add 2-Time All-Star, Says Ex-LeBron Teammate
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The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of their first three-game losing streak of the season with the last two coming against teams with losing records. It’s clear that Anthony Davis’ injury has hurt the team more than expected. They’ve got a hole in their frontcourt and Kyle Kuzma, Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell haven’t been able to fill it.
Last year, some of the Lakers’ biggest strengths were the size and athletism in the frontcourt. Now it’s arguably among their biggest weaknesses with Davis out. Former NBA player Kendrick Perkins believes the Lakers are in trouble and need to fix some issues.
“This is where they miss JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard — a shot-blocker,” Perkins said on ESPN’s Get Up. “The Wizards got whatever they wanted last night in the paint, they got to the free-throw line. [The Lakers] need to get them another athletic big.”
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Perkins mentioned that Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond could be the answer to their problems. Drummond is likely to get let go by the Cavaliers in the coming months and there should be plenty of interest in him.
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Though Drummond isn’t a superstar, he’s an elite rebounder and is capable of scoring a lot of points. However, he’s certainly a throwback type player. He’s not about to start raining 3s on opposing defenses.
Adding Drummond to the Lakers certainly wouldn’t hurt the team but it’s hard to see how much he’d help them in the long run. He would probably force Marc Gasol to the bench but it’s not a given that he’d be a big upgrade for the current starter. Also, the Lakers simply don’t have the trade assets or money to get Drummond to Los Angeles.Other Possible Center Targets
As Perkins pointed out previously, the Lakers do lack athleticism with their bigs. Gasol is obviously past his prime and was never much of an athlete, to begin with. Montrezl Harrell is still young and athletic but he’s very small for a center. Last year, the Lakers had JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard. Both men are very tall and athletic. The team switched things up this season and it hasn’t worked out all that well.
Out of all the Lakers’ needs, they probably should focus on adding a strong 3-point shooter but could also want a big. There was talk that the team could be interested in a reunion with DeMarcus Cousins. However, that doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen based on a recent report. Perhaps the Lakers would welcome McGee back if he becomes available. Los Angeles would have to hope that the Cavaliers are willing to let McGee and Drummond go. Blake Griffin has also been mentioned as a possible fit but it’s hard to imagine that the Lakers have the funds to afford him. With cap space limited, the team has to hope that a ring chasing player will come over on a discount.
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‘One of My Goals’: Lakers’ LeBron James Reveals Bigger Ambitions Pertaining to Bronny James
LeBron James is 4-0 as an All-Star captain after his team’s 170-150 victory over Team Durant. His side won each of the three quarters and left nothing for their opponents to take home for their charity initiative. Well, it was just another addition of a golden feather in his already bulky hat of greatness.
So after all these achievements, what does it leave for the 4-time NBA Champion to achieve? Well, there still remains one record that can make him the luckiest player as well as the proudest father, both simultaneously.Lakers’ LeBron James and his trillion-dollar dream
The Akron Hammer is 36-YO and still has a lot of fight in his body. The believer of mind over matter, LeBron James, signed an $85 million extension after winning his fourth ring with the Lakers. This deal ensured his place in Los Angeles until 2022-23. Now, parallelly, he has a 16-YO son who is also obtaining increased seriousness for the game of basketball. This brings in the question, what are the odds of the father-son duo playing against/alongside each other in the NBA?
In a recent interview, King James accepted such intentions and claimed, “That’s definitely one of my goals, but that’s a long-term goal. My son right now is in high school and enjoying what being a teenager is all about. But that would be pretty cool to go on my resume.”
If this goal of LeBron ever takes shape, it will bring three things to him. One, an all-time NBA record where a father and son will play actively in the same season for the first time. Two, it will ensure the L-Train must continue playing at the highest level until that draft happens. Last but not least, it will be the handling of the baton and a perfect transfer of legacy that will benefit the league after it loses the gem in a playing LeBron. Hence, making it a trillion-dollar dream.
Read also – LeBron James Has Special Words of Appreciation for Steph Curry and Damian LillardHow practical is this dream? Team Durant forward Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers shoots the ball against Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Lakers during the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Well, LeBron James entered the league at an age of 18 years and 180 days in 2003. If his son stays healthy and plays consistently well enough to try his luck in the NBA Draft 2023, he will be somewhere around 18 years and 260 days of age. So for them to play in the same season, the L-Train must either receive another contract extension from Jeanie Buss-led organization or move to a different team at age 38. The chances of him playing until 2024 or even 2025 are very high given that NBA greats like Michael Jordan did play until 40.
However, recently, Bronny James, the player for Sierra Canyon in California, suffered a season-ending torn meniscus in his knee. The rising star combo guard had to undergo surgery to repair the knee, and that has put some questions on his touted high school career. However, his recovery will be quick, given LeBron can pull him out of it with his own experiences with overcoming career-threatening injuries.
What do you think, can Bronny James become the next chosen one after his father? Help us know your predictions in the comments below.
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