We know all eyes will be on LeBron James as he enters his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Some say LeBron doesn’t care about winning championships anymore and he may coast in this first season with the Lakers. James had a stellar year 15, a season in which he played all 82 games for the first time in his career, he led the league in minutes played, made field goals, total points and made his eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals.
LeBron not only joins a new team; he has different type of players around him. We are used to seeing him with shooters everywhere. He will now be playing with a younger core and more playmakers. Will this be the season where he actually shows some regression or will this new core give him new energy?
No other superstar joined Bron in LA and that was a surprise. The Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee signings made people scratch their heads. What are the Lakers thinking with these signings? LeBron had the ball so much last season and he needs to play more off the ball.
The Lakers were 2nd in pace last season. LeBron teams usually play at a slower pace. He’s a surgeon when he can pick apart a defense in the half court. Lonzo Ball does a great job of pushing the ball ahead. Rajon Rondo is an even better version of that. What they lack in 3-point shooting they will make up with fast break points.
The Lakers also had a surprising good defensive team in the 2nd half of the season. If they are able to get stops, they have enough playmakers where anyone can grab a rebound and push the ball on the break. Ball and Rondo are great rebounding guards and can easily set up LeBron with easy baskets. Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma are active wing players who can run the floor with Bron but they can also spot up and knock down 3-pointers.
It didn’t matter where LeBron decided to play, the season would be a circus. Some believe this Lakers team won’t make the playoffs in a tough Western Conference. It will be an entertaining season for LeBron James and the Lakers. They might start off slow and we get to see how LeBron adapts to this new challenge.