It’s very clear that ever since LeBron James started with the Los Angeles Lakers, he’s been trying to lure over other star players to join him in L.A. Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are some of the big names that have been linked to the Lakers, however, after all the talk, the Lakers haven’t been able to bring across another star.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith believes that NBA stars don’t with the four-time MVP at the Lakers because they would rather play against him and beat him. Smith says that because LeBron is regarded by most as the greatest player in the game that other star players don’t want to play with him and help him win more rings because it would only enhance LeBron’s reputation and not theirs.
It’s not true with All-Star players, Anthony Davis has made it clear that he would like to play with LeBron in L.A but it was by choice of the Pelicans on why he will not be traded until the end of the season.
Kevin Durant who will be a free agent next summer and might be on his way out of the bay could potentially land at the Lakers. However, Smith’s logic may apply for KD as well, if Durant wins a championship with the Warriors this year, he will equal LeBron with a total of three. It wouldn’t make too much sense for Durant to then go to L.A. to help LeBron win more rings, especially since Durant does want to be considered the best player in the league.
Even after KD defeated LeBron in back to back Finals while winning two Finals MVP’s, most of the basketball world still see James as the far better player.
If the Lakers can’t attract another star to join their current roster then it’s very unlikely to see this team ever being able to compete with the best of the best in the West for a spot in the NBA Finals.