LeBron James has led the Lakers to amazing success over the past few years, winning the NBA bubble Championship amid difficult times.
As they continue on their journey to repeat as Champions, they're using their experience, and the difficulties of the new season, to help them improve. Speaking to the media, LeBron himself spoke about the mindset of his club, especially in tight games down the stretch, and how it's good for them, in the long run, to be tested.
“Every game is going to be its own challenge. We don’t mind playing games that go down to the wire. We don’t mind playing games where you got to execute. We have that championship DNA, it’s good for us to be tested. I love that,” LeBron said after the game.
No matter who you’re playing against. Teams take you down to the wire, make you execute. You have to be perfect defensively and offensively in order to win a game. It’s pretty cool. I love it.”
Perhaps the most telling aspect of a tile-hopeful team is their ability to close out games. For LeBron and the Lakers, they've proven themselves capable of winning under pressure this season already. They've passed all their tests.
The question now is, will it carry over into the playoffs? With many foes desperate for a title, the Lakers have a huge target on their back this season and their "Championship DNA" may be the only thing that pulls them through.