I came here to win.
Ok, that's not true, because the Clippers are really good, but for those who align themselves with the Lakers, the first year of the LeBron James era couldn't have gone much worse. Unfortunately for us sneakerheads, basketball arenas are typically very well lit so we didn't get to see the glow in the dark features in action. "I'm sure it's a different experience for him, for better or worse..."
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, from left, sit on the bench during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles.
"Of course, I would love to still play, but I've always listened to the ones I trust, no matter if I always agreed with them or not", James told The Athletic recently about being shut down. And James is keen for his team to add another top star and admitted that he will actively help his team attract the best talent. The 17-game absence that followed his groin injury was the longest of his career.
The Lakers hope the presence of LeBron James will give them an edge when recruitment begins on July 1. "Obviously, the franchise is going to live forever". He will turn 35 years old in December.
James said he's positive "the franchise will be great" in the near future.
The Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs with over 10 games remaining in the regular season.
"I'm looking forward to seeing who jumps in the vehicle with me and wants to take this ride to the top". Head coach Luke Walton has since chose to sit James out for the rest of the campaign to allow him to recover from a groin problem that jeopardized their chance to get into the playoffs. And I'm confident that players want to play with me.