LeBron’s 21st season is just around the corner! What are the expectations for the Lakers in the 2023/2024 season?
Artemy Berstenev September 18, 2023, 09:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Great people have great expectations! As usual
In the offseason, you could say that the Los Angeles Lakers management did a great job updating the roster. General manager Rob Pelinka’s team has made 21 moves since the free agent market opened during that period.
The most notable of them:
Contract extension with forward Jarred Vanderbilt for four years and $48 million; Signing of a free agent in the person of power forward Christian Wood for two years and $5.75 million; Conclusion (extension) of a maximum contract with power forward Anthony Davis – three years for 177.13 million dollars; point guard D’Angelo Russell’s contract extension for two years and $36 million; guard Austin Reaves’ contract extension – four years for $53.83 million; center Jackson Hayes’ contract extension for two years and $4.63 million
Cam Reddish (two years for $4.63 million), Rui Hachimura (three years for $51 million), Gabe Vincent (three years for $33 million) and Thorin Prince (one year for $4) also received contract extensions/signed .5 million ). .
But after the Lakers lost without a fight to the Denver Nuggets, the reigning NBA champions, in the Western Conference finals without a fight (0-4), LeBron James excited the basketball community by saying that he would consider putting end of his professional career.
No, there are a million reasons why the King simply won’t leave, including at least a valid contract with the Lakers and a desire to play on the same team with Bronny’s oldest son, James (already in question).
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However, the management of the Los Angeles Club responded to the King: “We are ready, we have updated the squad, we need guys to renew. What do you suggest?
“Responsible approach,” the King probably responded. LeBron James is not one of those who likes to focus on recreational activities, getting in shape only at the beginning of training camps. Video footage has repeatedly surfaced of James working out during the offseason, even getting up between four and five in the morning, following the example of the legendary Kobe Bryant.
Thus, another video appeared on social networks where LeBron James trains under the direction of the famous personal trainer Chris Brickley, who works mainly with NBA superstars.
LeBron James training before the NBA season:
The only real question you can ask yourself as you wait for the next regular season is: “What’s going on with LeBron’s health?” He does well when he is healthy, although he has had some fevers in recent seasons.
If James can stay healthy for most of the regular season, and the same goes for Anthony Davis, the Lakers have a great chance to make another deep run in the NBA playoffs. Maybe not even the Denver Nuggets will stand in his way, if he’s lucky.
The real question is whether Rob Pelinka’s team made the right moves. Will the Californian team be able to develop teamwork and establish contact with each other to at least repeat last season’s playoff success?