“It’s fair to wonder if individual greatness is enough for him if the Lakers are going to be mediocre” Bill Orams questions the primary desire and goal of LeBron James 


“It’s fair to wonder if individual greatness is enough for him if the Lakers are going to be mediocre” Bill Orams questions the primary desire and goal of LeBron James 

LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers are just one-game away from winding up one of their worst-ever seasons in the league. From championship favorites, to eventually missing the playoffs, the purple and gold have been below expectations all year long. However, the same could not said for LeBron James, who primarily carried Frank Vogel’s team on his shoulders. 

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Bill Oram or Billy, the Athletics staff writer who covered a piece of the Lakers, went onto question the goals of LeBron James in the upcoming season. To those who are not aware, King James was averaging 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists, all for a team that did not even make the play-in tournament. 

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Bill Oram on LeBron James, Lakers 

LeBron James congratulates Chris Paul
LeBron James congratulates Chris Paul

LeBron averaged the most minutes per game since playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in his 19 years in the NBA. Safe to say, his time with the purple and gold has been quite a roller-coaster ride and this season’s stats depict just the same. 

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Bill Oram explored the questions that revolve around James’ future with the Lakers by writing, “Individually, he was brilliant, averaging 30.3 points per game — his most in 14 years — posting a pair of 50-point games and putting himself in position to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer next season.  

LeBron James
LeBron James

“But the Lakers were, and for now remain, a historic disaster. And whatever comes next, it’s not certain they will be less of one next season or beyond. As James prepares for his third early offseason in four seasons with the Lakers, it’s fair to wonder if individual greatness is enough for him if the Lakers are going to be mediocre.” 

Having to avenge their humiliation of 2021-22 season, the Lakers would be requiring to make certain changes in their roster. Which results in the team benefitting around the prowess of LeBron James, who has his current contract to end after the 2022-23 season. Will we see the King at his vengeful best? Surely, it is about the right time to turn the heat up in the GOAT debate.

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