The Lakers Struggles Are Not Lebron's Fault

03/21/2019

Before the 2018-19 season had started, Lebron had given all of us the impression he could carry any team to not only the playoffs, but all the way to the finals with eight consecutive appearances backing him up. But in recent weeks it has become more evident that this year will be different for Lebron. This past offseason it was heard around the nation that he will be joining the Lakers and intends to play for them for the next three seasons in a four year deal paying him an impressive 154 million dollars. This had the Lakers fanbase roaring with hope after four consecutive years of not even reaching the postseason. I mean nobody would expect to fall short of the playoffs with Lebron on their team, no matter how big of a Lebron hater someone could be.

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The first few months playing with the Lakers, Lebron had kept the team consistently above .500 but not by crazy margin. There had been plenty of the season to play so there was nothing to really worry about involving the Lakers playoff chances. And there was the small snowball. The snowball that started falling down the mountain. The snowball holding all the Lakers problems. It started with injuries trickling across their roster. Guys like Rondo, Lonzo, McGee, and especially Lebron, missing almost twenty games in the heart of the season. And with that brought team struggles with the losing column getting a plus one a bit more often than usual. This brought a negative mentality upon the team where they felt a problem being bigger than what it really was. 

The Lakers organization then expressed strong interest in Anthony Davis who requested a trade away from the Pelicans a few weeks before the deadline. The Lakers offered trade after trade to the Pels. Each trade offer being sent out to the public due to the Pelicans organization. It had seemed that the plan for the Pelicans was to greatly hurt the chemistry in LA by displaying how they were willing to let go of virtually half their team to gain the New Orleans big man. This had hurt the spirits of the Lakers young core and damaged the Lakers rolling production in possibly taking a low playoff seed in the west. Losses brought frustration to Lebron. He had then publicly criticized his young teammates work ethic and focus on the court. Their playoff hopes recently have come to a close with management deciding to limit Lebron's minutes, just coasting to the end of the season and hoping for greater fortunes next year.

This failed year for the Lakers should definitely beg some questions for who should be fired. The reason why this is not Lebron's fault is because it was not his choice to make those trades, not his fault in how the player court rotation is structured. Magic Johnson has yet to prove of being a good owner, his problem is not within getting the players as D'Angelo Russell and Jrue Holiday (former Laker players) are both having career seasons this year with their new teams. Magic has no problem finding talent, but the man has to do something about his coaching staff! Can someone please get Luke Walton out of here! The man has had both Kobe and Lebron on his team now and he still has yet to be seen in the post season. So this is my final statement for you Lebron haters. Lebron has found himself in an environment where nobody of leadership really knows what they are doing. After a couple years of figuring out how they do it down in LA, maybe by then the chemistry in the core can be brought to the finals and the Lakers can finally win themselves a chip like the good old days. 

- Isaac Lingelbach