Wait, wait, wait. Has not the Los Angeles Lakers’ time with LeBron James been an unmitigated disaster?
You could call it , sure. But remember we are talking about James’ first time in Hollywood. He’s signed on for at least two more and, other than shouldering some uncharacteristic blows he still looks like the league’s most dominant force.
That is where the Lakers’ foundation begins. It may be enough on its own to justify our spot.
But there is more to consider here.
Former No. 2 select Brandon Ingram was in the middle of a breakout until deep venous thrombosis prematurely ended his third time. Kyle Kuzma, last year’s diamond in the rough, has pushed his counting categories nearly all . Lonzo Ball continued flooding stat sheets together with per-36-minute marks of 11.8 points, 6.5 assists and 6.3 rebounds before an ankle injury shut him down.
Kuzma is 23 years old; Ball and Ingram are 21. Whether they are commerce chips or building blocks, they remain valuable assets.
If the Lakers will make a championship run they will need assistance. But given their financial flexibility, youthful talent and possible top-10 select this summer, they have the capacity to snag a celebrity (or more) for the second straight offseason.
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