Currently with a record of 11 and 8, and number 10 in the NBA power rankings, the Los Angeles Lakers, led by Lebron James, are not living up to the potential they demonstrated in the preseason.

LeBron James’ was plastered on sports headlines after speculations he would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 2017-2018 season. In July, James announced he had accepted a 4-year, $153.3 million deal with Los Angeles. Naturally, after one of the best athletes in the world joined a young and promising team, the hype was created.

LeBron with his young promising teammates, such as Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Brandon Ingram, as well as veteran additions such as Rajon Ronda, JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley, and Lance Stephenson were expected to be a team taken seriously. However, that has not been the case as of now. Bleacher Report predicted the Lakers would finish with a record of around 49-33, and take either a 4 or 5-seed in the Western Conference. The Lakers certainly have the talent to be one of the best teams in the NBA, but something is holding them back. “You probably don’t want to be around when my patience runs out. I’m serious,” James said after the Lakers lost 124-120 to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Tryonn Lue, the former Cavaliers coach was recently fired after Cleveland’s 0-6 start to the season. This proves that LeBron was far more of a coach to Cleveland than Lue ever was, and how essential he was to the Cavaliers past success.

LeBron James is one of the best athletes to ever grace the planet, and we all are aware of his talent on the court. The Laker’s rough start is most likely temporary, and once the players begin to develop chemistry with each other, they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Despite all of this, the Laker’s season has been going upward. LeBron even was able to win against his former team by 4 points. Not only has LeBron’s performances gone upward, but also his teammates.

 

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