Wait, wait, wait. Has the Los Angeles Lakers’ season with LeBron James been an unmitigated disaster?
You can call it , sure. But don’t forget we’re talking about James’ first season in Hollywood. He is signed on for two more and, besides shouldering some uncharacteristic blows he frequently looks like the most dominant force of the league.
That’s where the Lakers’ foundation begins. It might be sufficient on its own to justify our spot.
But there’s more to consider here.
Former No. 2 select Brandon Ingram was in the middle of a breakout until deep venous thrombosis prematurely finished his third time. A year’s diamond in the rough, kyle Kuzma, has pushed nearly all his categories that were counting . Lonzo Ball continued flooding stat sheets together with per-36-minute marks of 11.8 points, 6.5 assists and 6.3 rebounds before an ankle injury closed him down.
Kuzma is 23 years old; Ball and Ingram are 21. Whether they’re trade chips or building blocks, they remain valuable assets.
They’ll need assistance if the Lakers will make a tournament run with James. But given their fiscal flexibility, youthful talent and possible top-10 pick this summer, they have the means to snag a star (or more) for the second straight offseason.
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