Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka of the Los Angeles Lakers are scheming to build the most cohesive, complete roster in the NBA. Because anything less than that stands little chance of standing up to the Golden State Warriors.


Of course, the signing of LeBron James helps their cause tremendously, but the Lakers' additional pieces have all been signed within a carefully-reasoned framework.


Yes, even JaVale McGee.

NBA fans and franchises have all seen the same pattern that is evident amongst almost all championship teams: every player is on the court for a reason, and together, they can achieve a higher goal. In a recent press conference, Pelinka and Johnson expressed that they're trying to establish something similar at Staples Center.


"I think to try to play the Warriors at their own game is a trap," Pelinka said, "so that is why we wanted to add these elements of defense and toughness and depth and try to look at areas where we will have an advantage."


Clearly, the Lakers won't be able to sign a ton of shooters to ​beat the Warriors, and neither will any team, for that matter. However, by signing more "tough two-way players," as head coach Luke Walton puts it, Los Angeles can win battles in the paint on both ends of the court.

There's a mental aspect to all of it, too. Pelinka noted that the Lance Stephenson signing was meant to add a challenger that will get in opponents' heads. Michael Jordan had Dennis Rodman and Kobe Bryant had Metta World Peace, noted Pelinka, and those guys have rings. ​They're trying to create something akin to that around LeBron.


The Lakers' front office has worked tirelessly this summer to improve the team's fortunes. And when that first game against Golden State comes up on the calendar, the weight of the anticipation will be massive.