“Y’all Know What the F*ck Should Be Happening”: LeBron James’ Statement On Lakers’ Current Roster Construction Puts a Question Mark on Rob Pelinka

Akash Murty
|Published 08/01/2023

It’s 2003, the NBA is excited to welcome one of the biggest prodigies of all time to the league as Michael Jordan, probably the league’s greatest ever, bids farewell to the game of basketball. Enters LeBron James, a ‘Kid from Akron’ who is just 17 and is going to become the next big thing in the world of sports.

Fast forward 20 years. It’s 2023, and after 4 Championships, 4 MVPs, 4 Finals MVPs, 18x All-Star appearances, and several other individual accolades good enough to create 4 separate Hall of Fame resumes, James has turned 38 and is still having one of the best offensive seasons of his decorated NBA career.

NBA has never seen something like this before, and nor have the Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, they fail to surround The King with something good enough for a championship run and retire in LA as they did for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant, some of the longest-playing greats who ended their careers here.

And, it looks like James has had enough of it.

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LeBron James is sick of the Lakers’ roster

According to Athletic, recent developments in LA are suggesting that its King isn’t happy with the current roster. And he finally makes it a point this time to make it public in such a way that every team in the NBA knows they can get him when the time comes.

Yikes! That looks like an attack on Rob Pelinka. The GM was hesitant to trade the 2027 1st round picks when the Lakers could have gotten maybe Kyrie Irving or Buddy Hield plus Myles Turner, and some of the other rumored players they had interests in a few weeks back when the fans were sick of James and Co. failing to get wins the day in and day out.

Now they stand a chance to lose him. However, James might bring them a couple of picks in return if and when he requests a trade. With Anthony Davis still in their ranks, they will be able to build around him if James really decides to leave. The good thing is he won’t be a free agent before 2024.

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Can the Lakers bank on Anthony Davis and build around him?

NO. If they decide to trade LeBron James by the end of this season, they should well start from scratch and be done with AD and his injuries too. There is no point in risking it for somebody who hasn’t been able to play any significant amount of basketball since their championship win in 2020.

Why can’t they trade both their superstars now and make a run for Victor Wembanyama, you ask? Well, for starters, the Lakers will have the rights to their 1st round pick in 2023 because it belongs to the Pelicans as a part of the Davis trade, which still haunts every Laker fan.

Furthermore, they cannot trade James before completes 6 months on his extended contract. That day will fall after the February 9th trade deadline.

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In short, Lakers Nation and James might have to deal with what they have got until the end of this season, unless of course if they can find something in exchange for Brodie without losing their future picks.


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Akash Murty

Akash Murty

An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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