In a report from Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, some within the league are against the level of power and control held by Lakers superstar LeBron James.
James is the NBA’s most powerful player, the face of the league’s marquee franchise in the second year of a four-year, $153 million contract he signed in 2018. Lakers GM Rob Pelinka has admitted that he consulted James on roster moves this summer; player agents have grumbled that no one could get on the Lakers without James’s approval. James is an attention magnet—the worldwide reaction to James’s response to the kerfuffle between the NBA and China offering a recent example—but when it comes to coaching him, several coaches who have worked with James tell SI, the key is simple: Be as prepared as he is.
As a world-renowned star, and the face of basketball, James is perhaps one of the most widely known athletes of All-Time. Along with dominating the league for 16 years, he owns several brands and has been an ambassador for the sport on an international level.
When the Lakers signed him last summer, they knew who they were getting. Now, everything goes through him.
It's understandable why other players and agents would have an issue with that. A player shouldn't determine the path of another player -- that's not his job. Some would argue that you should leave the decision-making to the front-office, and the playing to the players.
Interestingly, LeBron does both, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon.