When Magic Johnson took over in 2017, the team president of the Los Angeles Lakers, he made clear that the organization wanted to start again winning the championship and took a big step in this direction with the signing of LeBron James.  However, he has also stressed that he does not want to make the same mistake as the Cleveland Cavaliers and James would hit the ground. Apparently, he is not the only person involved in the organization who wants to avoid this.
In an interview with the Lakers' annual All-Access event Monday at the Staples Center, Kobe Bryant said the Lakers can not rely on James alone to bring them to the Promised Land (via Dave McMenamin of ESPN):
Bryant said James' approach to his maiden voyage with the Lakers did not foster long-term success, but he absolutely needed to do so in the team's development phase.
"It's a test of Bron's patience, and also what he has to do to keep the team's head above water," Bryant told Lakers Play-by-Play spokesman Bill MacDonald of the "All-Access" Event. "So it's a balancing act. They had difficulties, Bron got the ball, took control and decided to start with the point, to do everything and to do everything.
"This is not the recipe for winning championships, but it's a recipe to keep your head above water, to give yourself a little breathing room, and now it's all about teaching you how to to play as we want to play. "
These comments are a bit ironic of Bryant, whose reputation among Lakers fans is based on the fact that he supposedly has won his title with all the work, but he is not wrong.
There have been games this season where the Lakers narrowly won because James had flipped the switch for lack of better words. Although he is certainly capable of doing so every night, it is not a sustainable model for success, especially considering that he is only a few weeks away from his 34th birthday. Fortunately, for the Lakers this was not a big problem season and with every game they look more comfortable than a unit. As a result, James plays the fewest minutes he has averaged on average in his career (34.6), while he scores the most points per game (27.8) he has averaged since his decision "The Decision".
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