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Los Angeles Lakers: What’s eating LeBron James?

What’s eating LeBron James? Should he have second thoughts on joining Los Lakers in sunny Southern California? Where’s all of his help and can he do it on his own? What will his legacy end up being when it’s all said and done?

By Payton Woolsey

Somewhere out there in the record heat of Los Angeles is undoubtedly a very frustrated LeBron James. Why are other NBA superstars not joining LeBron James in his new palace in So-Cal? Why would they not want to join the legendary Los Angeles Lakers franchise with the best player on the globe?

And no, the latest acquisitions do not count as such.

Rajon Rondo… A backup. And if you think he will start over Lonzo Ball, get out of my face with that talk. You are the kind of person memes are made about.

It was supposed to be Lebron James, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George teaming up to take down the Evil Empire up North. Don’t ask me why, considering they all play the same position, and Leonard is just PG13 2.0.

All over social media and the message boards, Lakers fans are saying, get Carmelo Anthony. Melo is known for his trademark “let the shot clock get to five and jack it up” offense — that would not fly with LeBron and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Even more “impressive” is his “in your face” James Harden defense. Which consist of moving his hands really fast while getting blown by, sprinting down court to try to get another bucket off the inbound.

What has Melo ever done when it matters the most? At most, he lost to Kobe Bryant in the Western Conference Finals one year. That’s it. Melo expressed interest in playing with Lebron. James’ response? “New phone who dis?”

LeBron is the best player in the NBA. Period. And we all have become complacent with his greatness. We take it for granted since it appears to come so easy for him with his “God-like” athletic ability.

He’s an absolute, gifted from head to toe, perfect prototype for what would be the greatest modern NBA player.

But, LeBron shies away from the spotlight and doesn’t want the ball when it’s crunch time. He’ll defer to teammates, unlike the aforementioned all-time greats. He needs another superstar or two to help him out in Los Angeles.

Let’s face it, LeBron isn’t in his prime anymore — he hasn’t been for two years. It’s happened to the best of them throughout the years. Almost overnight, at times. In LeBron’s case, it’s a slow fade.

Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Dr. J are all prime examples, with Lebron being no different.

Only time will tell. But in the meantime, the world will look upon LeBron James to once again be great — as if it’s an automatic thing. He’s a legend on and off the court, who’s been compared to Michael Jordan since he was in high school.

The day he suddenly loses that God-like ability is coming soon, something that no current NBA player can match — an unreachable tier.

Speaking of which, one of the young rising stars needs to realize such thing and be part of LeBron’s legacy with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he can then pass the NBA torch on to the next great player.

So sit back and just watch the man play. Admire the skill. We can talk legacy after he hangs em up.

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