Los Angeles-The Los Angeles Lakers dropped another hopeful season and will not make the playoffs once again. With lingering injuries and unorthodox chemistry that did not fit the mold of the Lakers, the organization will not drop its head and ask what happened to the team.
“Listen, at the end of the day this franchise wants to win and wants to win big,” James said “The one thing about the franchise, they cater to the players and that’s it. Everything else comes secondary. “They only want us to go out and perform at a high level and play the game at a high level so we can be mentioned with some of the great teams in the league at that point in time.”
The franchise is looking ahead to free agency and who they could get that will be a good fit for the team. It will be interesting to see who the Lakers will pick up because there are some stars such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson and Kemba Walker that will be a free agent after the season is up.
The Lakers need bench productivity and guys who could defend well. The Lakers’ Achilles heel was the fact that they could not create turnovers or allowed second-chance opportunities for opponents to score points, hurt the Lakers late in games. They need someone that can create their own shot and spread the ball around. James cannot do it by himself and the younger players need to step up and help him out.
“There’s a lot of free agents this summer; not going to name any names, because every time I say something or our organization says something about a specific person, we get in trouble,” James said. “But we have an opportunity to get better. That’s something that’s definitely great to hear.”
The Lakers have not made the playoffs since 2013 and a lot of fans are frustrated with the lack of success that the Lakers had in recent years. However, free agency is right around the corner and it will be very interesting to see what star player wants to come to Los Angeles.