Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James talks about the upcoming offseason and what the Lakers are going to focus their energies on
Last night was a historical one. The Phoenix Suns knocked out the defending champions, the Los Angeles Lakers in their own home. This first-round exit marked only the fifth ever time in NBA History that a champion squad gets eliminated in the first round the next season. This also marked the first-ever time in LeBron James’ illustrious career when he got knocked out in the first round. Prior to last night, LBJ was 14-0 in his playoff first-round series.
While a lot of people would expect GM LeBron James to rise up again, it may not be the case this time. According to LeBron James, he has full faith in Rob Pelinka and the rest of the Lakers’ front office. He trusts them to handle the roster and the changes required.
What are LeBron James and the Lakers’ top priority?
While LeBron James is known for being a master and getting roster reconstructs when he wants, the case may not be the same this time. This time, the Lakers have bigger fish to worry about. LeBron James and his ankle haven’t fully recovered, and now Anthony Davis has a groin-knee injury.
When asked about what the top priority for the Lakers would be moving forward, LBJ said,
“I trust Rob, I trust Kurt [Rambis], trust everyone upstairs that does their diligence and our coaching staff and things of that nature. Obviously number one thing for us is getting AD healthy. That’s number one. It doesn’t matter what changes we make. We got to get big fella healthy and needs back to where he was before the injury.”
The entire NBA Reddit and Twitter community is full of possible trades LA can make. However, according to GM Rob Pelinka, the top priority is the health of their superstars.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) June 4, 2021
It remains to be seen how the season would ultimately end, and what moves would be made in the offseason. One thing is sure though. The King is far from done, and he would come back with a vengeance next season.