LeBron James believes that this off-season will be "critical" for itself and the Los Angeles Lakers after the franchise missed the postseason for the sixth consecutive year.
"I've never played basketball before," James Bleacher Report told a story released Wednesday. "But I will be as active as this franchise needs to get better, that's why I came here, I came here to win, and of course we have to improve as far as our people do have a chance And there are a lot of talents and a lot of people who can help our franchise so I'll be as active as I need to be better and move on from there. "
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss remains Luke Waltons compliment, but continues to evade questions about his future as head coach of the team.
Rarely does a moment cause the fall of a season. The 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers failures began in 2017.
18-year-old LeBron James turned down a $ 10 million sign-up bonus and paved the way for a billion-dollar future.
With the playoffs out of the picture, the Lakers will enter into an offseason speculation with speculation about the job security of coach Luke Walton as well as the construction of the squad. Seven out of 14 players in Los Angeles are hired on the vacant agency.
"It's a critical summer for me," James told Bleacher Report. "Of course, the franchise will live forever, but for me it's very critical because I want to compete and compete now."
James will once again step on recruitment path to find talents to play alongside him in Los Angeles. In February, he and the Lakers told Rachel Nichols to ESPN that he had always considered recruiting part of his role before his failed hit by New Orleans pelican star Anthony Davis on February.
"I've always recruited," James said to Nichols. "I tried to get guys to play with me, like in 2007. I was rejected a lot, but I did not say much."
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James also told Bleacher Report that he believes in the Lakers ability to land a key piece.
"So it's very important to me and my future [for the Lakers to acquire another star this offseason]," James said. "And I'm positive and very optimistic that Magic [Johnson] and Rob [Pelinka] and the franchise will be great.
" They got me. I am very confident. And I'm confident that the players want to play with me. I am very confident.
James, who had missed a long-stretch with a groin injury and will finish his first season with the Lakers after playing in 55 low-stakes games, averaging 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 Assists
The Lakers had missed the playoffs only five times in the first 65 years of the franchise's existence before the current series.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN contributed to this report.