For the first time since 2005, LeBron James will be watching the NBA playoffs from the comfort of their own homes, putting pressure on the Lakers to do everything in their power to ensure that it does not happen again while in The city is Los Angeles. So far, there are no reasons to be optimistic about the future of the franchise. Yes, the Lakers are equipped with enough room for the cap to pair James with an all-star free agent like Kevin Durant and Kawhi to Leonard or Kyrie Irving, but they have more than just a fair share of internal Problems that you have to take care of before you go hunting.
Is Luke Walton the right guy to lead a star-driven Lakers team? Does the young core feel like a valued part of the organization? Are the two people in charge really the best people for the job? These are the types of questions that have already been answered by well-managed organizations that the Lakers still need to figure out.
But despite the uncertainty surrounding the team, James Allie Cliffton of Spectrum SportsNet said in a one-on-one interview that he has full confidence in the front office to turn things around:
"I would not be Having come here, if I had not believed that this franchise was about winning, and trying it every day would become a sustainable franchise. That's what this is about. I mean, we see these trophies right here. We see these banners. When we arrived at the Staples Center, we saw the banners, we see all the old greats who played this game, so some familiar things do not even have to be said.
"I believe Jeanie [Buss] Linda [Rambis] Magic [Johnson] and Rob [Pelinka] and all who have anything to do with this organization … That's what it's about, and it's absolutely fair that ours Fans feel what they feel like, because if you're a Los Angeles Laker guy, and you've done the things you've done over time when you were part of that organization, from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, so it should be.  "It's like we're either fighting for a championship or we're winning championships. And I love that. Because of that, I'm here. Because I want to be one who can contribute to this space here, and hopefully to the banners of the people who have helped make this city great.
The quickest way back to the competition is to pair James with another All-Star. It's a proven formula that the Lakers want to experience first hand next season. But why is James so confident at age 34 that he can win big-name agents in sunny Los Angeles, California?
For him, the answer is as simple as the extra pass:
"Because I play the game right. It's never about me. No one has ever asked one of my teammates, "How is LeBron playing? What is it like to play as a teammate with LeBron? "Then you get the answer. The answer is so easy. "
James is not sure who he's going to work with this summer, but he's looking forward to finding out about it:
" I'm looking forward to seeing who's driving the car up the drive with me to take. I know what I bring. I know my commitment to the game, I have never cheated on the game and it's been returned to me throughout my career. That does not mean that I guarantee a championship, but I guarantee my body. I guarantee that my mind is and always will be a championship thing. Until I'm done.
The only glimmer of hope Lakers fans have for the immediate future is that James will be in the squad for at least another two years, and freelance agents, while on the team, will be interested in playing in Los Angeles. Ultimately, it's up to the front office to attack the right players and finish the deal, but the outline of a forward path is clear.
Whether it's a superstar player or a handful of good veterans, it seems James is confident he can compete with the one who landed by the Lakers this summer. We'll see if he can do it next year by that time.
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