How much can Lebron James really do to help the Lakers?


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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 04: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half of a game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on March 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-105. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Brendan Conniff

Lebron James has no shortage of accolades and accomplishments.  He is a 3x NBA champion, twice with the Miami Heat, once with the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning the MVP in all three championships. He is a 4x NBA MVP, won the scoring title, the Rookie of the Year, and has 14 all-star game appearances, and 3 all-star game MVP’s. Recently, Lebron moved into the top 10 of all-time assists making him 4th on the all-time scoring list.  Lebron played his previous season on the Cavaliers but left them in the offseason to go to the Los Angeles Lakers, who were coming off a terrible season, mainly because he wanted to add to his legacy. The Lakers had a deep pool of young talent that Lebron could surround himself with. However, even with his tremendous skill, experience, and many awards, how much can Lebron really do to help the Lakers?


All NBA teams have been trying to acquire as much talent as possible so that they can compete with the Golden State Warriors. With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Demarcus Cousins, each all-star players who make up arguably the greatest starting lineup of all time, the Warriors have won the championship 4 out of the last 5 years. The one year they came up short was when they played the Cleveland Cavaliers led by Lebron and Kyrie Irving. Ever since Kyrie demanded to be traded, and was traded to the Boston Celtics, the Cavaliers have never been the same. Now that Lebron is gone, the Cavaliers are one of the worst teams in the league. The Lakers are made up of rookie and second-year players who have great potential as their careers progress. But right now, they are struggling as Lonzo Ball, the starting point guard, and Brandon Ingram, the sixth man, are out for the season. As the Lakers sit on the outside of the playoffs, things are not looking good as Lebron cannot carry the team alone as the overpowered teams in the West keep beating him. As the Lakers realize that their playoff chances are slim, they look ahead to next season.


The only way I see the Lakers having a chance at winning the championship is if they sign a big free agent. Klay Thompson would be a perfect fit next to Lebron. As Lebron tends to struggle with shooting three-point shots, Klay happens to be one of the best three-point shooters of all time. Having Klay’s experience in these big games can help the Lakers enormously. Another legitimate option for the Lakers is Kyrie Irving. A lot of people said that Kyrie left the Cavaliers because he wanted to be the star but now that he has said that he does not mind sharing the spotlight, the Lakers are a possibility. Kyrie knows that he and Lebron can win a championship together, but is he willing to go back and play for him? While all of these scenarios sound great for the Lakers, both players have teams ahead of them on their interest lists that are most likely going to offer them contracts.


So now we go back to the overall question, how much can Lebron help the Lakers? Some people argue that signing Lebron has actually hurt the Lakers and that Lebron has had a negative effect on the development of their young players. Along with this, these same people say that he should be traded for younger prospects and draft picks. However, I think that Lebron really can help the Lakers win, maybe not right now, but definitely in the future. Anthony Davis is arguably a top 5 player in the NBA and he is unhappy about playing for the New Orleans Pelicans and he wants to be traded. One of his top options is the Lakers so he could team up with Lebron. Also, players like Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson would have no interest in the Lakers if it were not for Lebron. Finally, there is no better mentor for the young Lakers players than Lebron, as Lebron has seen his fair share of playoff games and knows how to handle the pressure of a close game. While nothing seems to be going right for the Los Angeles Lakers right now, their future still looks bright as Lebron leads the charge.