LeBron James and the LA Lakers are out of the NBA Playoffs after a first round loss. Many fans were shocked at the Lakers’ poor performance, meanwhile, others where shrugging their shoulder and saying “I told you so.” The cracks in the Lake Show were evident near the end of the season.
James played through injuries, one of many that plagued the entire NBA roster. He later threw shade at the NBA for their grueling schedules and not allowing players to rest. This was one of many things he spoke out about, ironically around the same time that he was voted the biggest whiner in the NBA.
Magic Johnson saw LeBron’s play and he had an astute observation. While speaking to ESPN’s Get Up, Johnson said that King James only has one year left to be “the man,” and then it’s Kevin Durant’s league.
“I think LeBron’s got one more year to be the man, and then it’s Kevin Durant’s league right after that,”
There are cries for LeBron to take a pay cut so the Lakers can bring in another big star. A third star might be needed to support James as he can no longer carry the entire team on his back.
We’ll have to see what’s in the cards for next season. The Lakers are certainly going to re-focus and try again. There could be some alterations made along the way to improve their chances at success.
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