LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers in hopes of adding more rings to his already illustrious resume. Although he has somewhat succeeded in doing so, his stint with the Purple and Gold could still use a couple of more rings.
It doesn't help his case that he will turn 38 years old by the end of the year. Regardless of how well he takes care of his body, he is inevitably heading towards retirement. Keeping that in mind, he is putting some pressure on the Lakers to improve the team around him.
But so far, the Lakers' offseason hasn't done justice to the King. The offseason is far from over, but analysts are already categorizing the Lakers' 2022 offseason as a loss.
NBA analyst Tim Bontemps recently talked about the same in on "The Hoops Collective," along with Brian Windhorst. Bontemps categorized the Lakers' offseason as a loss for the following reasons.
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"I think Lebron is a loser of the summer and I think it's for what you were alluding to, in that, obviously the Lakers made this catastrophically bad Westbrook trade a year ago. We talked about Russ last week we don't need to get into that any further.
But, if you're Lebron, going into your age 38 season, and the Lakers this summer, I think we all agree they made better moves than last summer because they signed guys that were all 10 years younger than the guys they signed last summer.
Now you've signed a bunch of younger, better bets as minimum players but there still is a roster that's filled out with minimum players. If you're Lebron, you're looking around at this team and you're saying, 'We're a team that is not good enough'.
Like, 'We're not good enough to be anywhere near the kind of place I want to be.' And they don't really have a path to doing that short of this Kyrie thing falling in their lap eventually, which I don't think is gonna [going to] happen.
And frankly, even if it gets there, I don't know if they're still good enough because of the weaknesses they have around those three guys [James, Anthony Davis and Irving].
So, to me, just looking at it, if you're LeBron you're going into your age 38 season, to me, it's looking like 'Well, just get the scoring title or the all-time scoring title' if he's healthy. From a win standpoint, it feels like it's headed towards another loss season for him."
If the Lakers somehow manage to trade for Kyrie Irving this offseason, then it can still turn into a win for LeBron James and the Lakers.
But as things stand right now, the trade talks have been stalled between the Lakers and the Nets. The Lakers just need to add a couple of future picks to sweeten the talk for the Nets.