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Looks pretty good in that gold uniform, doesn’t he? Image courtesy of clutchpoints.com
AND SOME FRIENDLY ADVICE FOR ALL THOSE ECSTATIC FANS IN LAKER NATION WHO ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND THE CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE IN DOWNTOWN L.A. NEXT JUNE
As Bill Plaschke stated in his column in today’s Los Angeles Times…
“The King is coming”.
Just in case you were living under a rock on Mars the past 24 hours, here are just some of the details of the seventh leading scorer in basketball history, whose four-year, $154 million deal instantly made the Lakers relevant again.
And which is easily the biggest signing for the Lakers – and all of the sports teams in Southern California for that matter – since Shaquille O’Neal joined the Lakers in 1996…
- Seventh leading scorer in NBA history with 31,038 points
- Three-time NBA champion; 2012, 2013, & 2016
- Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player; 2009, 2010, 2012, & 2013
- Fourteen-time NBA All Star
- Fourteen-time All-NBA Selection
- Six-time All-NBA Defensive Selection
- Has played in the NBA Finals eight straight seasons
- Two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner; Beijing 2008, London 2012
- Career Points Per Game Average: 27.2 (4th on the all-time list)
- Career Rebounds Per Game Average: 7.4
With all of these wonderful numbers that this true superstar has put up in his 15-year career, it’s incredibly hard to believe that he has led the league in scoring just once, averaging 30 points per game in 2007-08.
LeBron James with his now-teammate, Lonzo Ball. Photo courtesy of wsj.com
My Personal, One-And-A Half Cent Take:
To be honest, I wasn’t all that shocked upon seeing on ESPN’s bottom ticker that LeBron was coming to the Lakers while watching the Boston Red Sox get hammered by the New York Yankees on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball”.
I knew that LeBron had a house in upscale Brentwood in L.A’s Westside, which he bought in 2015 and where he and his family would spend summers.
I also knew that not only did his family very much liked SoCal, folks were speculating about all of this for months as LeBron was on the short list of stars – the others being L.A. natives Paul George (who resigned with Oklahoma City) and Kawhi Leonard (who has made it crystal clear about wanting to come home and who the San Antonio Spurs are trying to accommodate) – who wanted to be Lakers.
And I knew that with LeBron being tight with Magic Johnson, plus knowing how determined Magic can get in getting things done as he had stated that he would step down as the Lakers’ president if he failed to sign some big names, that the “Lake Show” would definitely be seeing some new faces at Staples Center this November.
To state the excruciatingly painful obvious, with two other solid players, Lance Stephenson and Javale McGee, also agreeing to become Lakers yesterday,
And another veteran, Rajon Rondo, joining the Lakers today,
Combined with the talented young nucleus that that teams has with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma…
Along with the star power, LeBron will automatically provide the best veteran presence of all time in maturing those players.
Which in my view is the most important asset that he brings to the table; only an utter fool wouldn’t be heavily influenced by three championship rings as all LeBron has to tell Ball and company is,
“Do it like this, and you’ll get one of these (championship rings).”
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith commenting on LeBron James becoming a Laker. Courtesy of YouTube (click on the link)
HOWEVER, FOR ALL THOSE LAKER FANS (who need to be commended for their unwavering loyalty during these past five years of pronounced pathetic futility) WHO ARE SCREAMING ABOUT HOW THERE’S GOING TO BE A PURPLE AND GOLD-COLORED PARADE DOWN FIGUEROA ST. DURING MID JUNE NEXT SEASON,
I’ve got thirteen words for you…
Don’t waste your time. It’s not gonna happen.
At least this coming season.
While those Lakers are now instant contenders in the Western Conference thanks to this recent event, along with the other veterans signing with them,
And while I now officially see them making the postseason for the first time since 2013,
There are two reasons in particular why Laker Nation should leave any dreams about their team winning their 17th NBA title in 2019 at the door…
- The Houston Rockets, who just resigned Chris Paul, and,
- The Golden State Warriors – 2018 NBA Champions, winners of three of the last four Larry O’Brien trophies as NBA title winners, and with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant (who just resigned with them) are showing no signs of a let down.
For the Lakers to return to the glory of the “Showtime” era in the 1980s and the Shaq-Kobe era of the 2000s, they have to get past those two clubs.
And it won’t be an easy romp as those young guys continue to learn how to win.
But at least they now have the best of mentors to show them the way!
And if Magic can get a deal done with San Antonio and bring Kawhi Leonard home – who knows?
Everyone in SoCal is expecting LeBron to add to these banners! Image courtesy of the ringer.com