The Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James both have storied legacies in the NBA. The Lakers are one of the most successful franchises in the league's history, and they are known across the world for their consistent ability to win titles in nearly every decade. LeBron, on his part, has more playoff games than quite a few franchises have been able to manage during his career.
James donning the Purple and Gold was supposed to be a recipe for championships, and he has already delivered with one. However, apart from the season they won, the Lakers have struggled abysmally, missing the playoffs 2 out of those 3 seasons. And while bringing a championship to a team generally makes you a team legend, with the Lakers' history of success, Richard Jefferson doesn't think LeBron quite makes the cutoff.
"LeBron James has not done enough as a Laker to be on that list," Jefferson said. "Bron been there now – this is his fourth season, right? They've been in there four seasons. Two years, they haven't made the postseason; one year, they lost in the first round; and one year, they won a championship.
"There hasn't been a consistent level of greatness. Part of the Laker organization is consistent greatness. Not, like, oh, one year you're trash; next year, you're great."
The Laker greats include names like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal, all of whom brought many championships to the team. To put LeBron in that category at this point might be a little premature, for sure.
If he ends his career in Los Angeles and manages to bring another championship to the team, then there is no doubting that he will be in the conversation. However, Jefferson's comment about consistent success is right on the mark. With Bronny's future still a big question mark, it remains to be seen if LeBron James is able to achieve legendary status with another team.