For a handful of games after the All-Star break, there was a real spark of hope for Lakers fans. He had improved shooting, defense, secondary shot creation and all-around size as the team’s trade deadline increased. Lebron James And Anthony Davis, both of whom were healthy in the end. They looked like a menace in the wide-open West.
again lebron james felt some pop And Has been out since with a tendon problem in his leg, The Lakers have gone 5-4 without LeBron and hanging around in a compact bottom half of the West, but they shouldn’t expect him to ride like cavalry any time soon. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst but said The Hoop Collective Podcast (tip of the hat real gm,
“From what I’ve heard on LeBron, he’s not close. That’s what I’ve been told. He’s not close…
“From what I’ve been told, LeBron is no closer to returning. I know everyone said three weeks, but I think it was pretty clear that three weeks is the time he’ll get an official re-evaluation. That means It wasn’t that he was coming back in three weeks.”
LeBron understands this team looked like a threat and he only has so many swings left. He doesn’t want this pitch to go away. However, his 38 year old body may not do him much favors.
before the return of d’angelo russellSafety of Jared Vanderbilt and shooting Malik Beasley Helped give hope to LeBron and the Lakers that there was rumblings around the league that the Lakers might make a run at the free agent Kyrie Irving In off season. It wasn’t always likely due to cap logistics, but the league was talking. The Lakers, however, are no longer talking about Jovan Buha of the Athletic Said on “The Hoopshype Podcast” with Michael Scotto (tip of the hat CBS Sports,
“So I think the Lakers are going to run it in a big way with most of the incoming free agents that they have …
“According to what I’m told, they’re not going to chase Kyrie Irving this season. Of course that could change. We’ll see how the rest of the regular season goes. We’ll see what happens after the season.” If they can do it. But to my knowledge, and (from) what I’ve been told, I think that ship has sailed.
Irving with LeBron is a combo that won a ring seven years ago but will be very different now. There will be significant risks.
There are risks even with the run-it-back scheme—this team has no margin for error or injury—but the Lakers are leaning into their potential.
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