NBA rumors: LeBron James struggling in 'Space Jam 2' player recruitment
LeBron James' first season with the Lakers did not go as planned.
The four-time NBA MVP was limited to a career-low 55 games (and recently was shut down for the rest of the season), the Lakers missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year and LeBron is very likely to not make the All-NBA first team for the first time since 2007.
He recently told Howard Beck of Bleacher Report that when it comes to the Lakers' recruiting efforts this summer: "I will be as active as I need to be for this franchise to get better."
On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "The Jump," Rachel Nichols asked Brian Windhorst if he believes LeBron will "actively recruit" some of the elite free agents this summer.
"Historically, LeBron has sort of been involved but not all the way involved, because he doesn't necessarily want to be known as the guy who couldn't close the deal," Windhorst said. "He doesn't want it to all to be on him.
"LeBron has perfected the art of influencing deals without taking ownership of them. Of course he will reach out to free agents. Of course he will try. The ability for him to close deals -- that's different."
Now, to the reason you are reading this article:
"And in all honesty, he's been recruiting players to come and try to be in 'Space Jam' with him this summer, and he hasn't been able to close some of those deals," Windhorst revealed. "Some of the top guys he wants to come and be with him in the movie … 'You put me in the movie where you're the star, I'm gonna be the one you're dunking on.' "
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Posted April 05, 2019 - 05:09 AM
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Posted April 09, 2019 - 03:40 PM
Report: Lakers teammates became distrustful of LeBron James over Anthony Davis trade talks
The Los Angeles Lakers did not expect their 2018-19 season to go the way it did. Between the various injuries, the failed trade for Anthony Davis and everything in-between, things clearly did not go as planned.
Adding fuel to the fire is how LeBron James grew more distant from his teammates as the season progressed and how they later became distrustful of him.
Per The Athletic, James’ presence became less while he was recovering from a groin injury:
It was during this time that James became less present around the team. The Lakers struggled without him, naturally, but James was not really around. His injury did not allow him to travel, and he would arrive at home games moments before tip-off. Once with a glass of red wine in hand.
According to the report, this was when “players started to look at James a bit differently.”
James’ lack of presence stood in contrast to that of Rajon Rondo, who continued to remain alongside the team while recovering from a sprained finger.
[Rondo] shot left-handed in post-practice shooting games and hung around the locker room. When the Lakers’ plane left for Sacramento the day after Christmas, Rondo met the plane at the airstrip. With cookies.
James would later go on a minutes restriction before finally being shutdown for the remainder of the season.‘Young players no longer trusted James’
In an attempt to bring another star to pair with James, the Lakers unsuccessfully tried to trade for Davis, who had requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Lakers sent a plethora of offers involving various pieces of their young core and veteran leadership. As the team struggled to return to the playoff race, the trade talks cast a shadow over the locker room.
The Lakers’ reported trade talks loomed over the team roster. Virtually every member of the young core had been linked to a trade for Davis, as had veterans Rondo and Beasley.
Per the report, this is when players began to distrust James.
A schism developed in the locker room. Sources around the team said it was apparent that the young players no longer trusted James, believing he was operating behind the scenes to get them traded to New Orleans.
The Lakers ended the February trade deadline with their young core intact.
The report goes on to describe a tentative deal the Lakers had in place to acquire forward Jabari Parker as well as how president of basketball operations Magic Johnson is seen as an “absentee executive.”
The Lakers play their final game at home against the Portland Trailblazers.
Edited by BORNINLA, April 09, 2019 - 03:41 PM.
Posted April 11, 2019 - 03:08 PM
It is a pity that we ended in this situation. He is an amazing athlete and it could have been fun this year.
Next 3 years will be his franchise, let's just face it and enjoy as we can.
Posted April 12, 2019 - 09:18 AM
He should just ask for a trade and add fuel to this fire lol
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