When LeBron James chose to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers (again) this past July, he decided to take his talents to the LA and join the Lakers. The move, as are all things related to LBJ, was analyzed and scrutinized from every angle. The Lakers hadn't been dangerous since Kobe's final championship season in 2009-10, and put up the worst combined record in the league over the past five seasons.
So, was LeBron halfway retiring? Has he begun to value Hollywood and his businesses over basketball? All these questions were being flung around to attempt and worm into the psyche of the best basketball player of our generation. In fact, the man himself admits he almost
When James arrived in LA, he preached patience to both management and the media. That's why the Lakers didn't send away any of their prized young players in exchange for a proven star like Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler. However, it looks like even The King wasn't prepared for the initial roadblocks that both he and his young teammates would face.
The Lakers began the campaign 0-3 and then limped along to a 2-5 start, with all of those losses coming against Western Conference playoff teams from last season. LeBron knew what he was signing up for, and his worst fears came true, as the young guys showed some inconsistencies as well as lack of develiped basketball IQ (ahem, Brandon Ingram) as they acclimated to being under such an intense spotlight.
LeBron has himself to blame for any early season struggles though. He could have chosen to play anywhere. While leaving Cleveland definitely looks like the right choice, Philadelphia
LeBron may not deserve this lost season of attempting to drill basketball into the minds of his teammates, but he can't act like he didn't put himself in this situation. The King is still The King, but even royalty has to take responsibility for their actions.