Callie Hughes, Sports Writer

With the 15th season of LeBron James’s career slowly coming to a close, big changes took place. This year was the first of his career in Los Angeles playing for the Lakers. LeBron had an entire new supporting cast of players around him, including, most notably, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and JaVale McGee.

LeBron made the finals for the last 8 seasons, but this season the Lakers struggled to even make the playoffs. The team was eliminated from contention by the D’Angelo Russell led Brooklyn Nets.

The main priority for LeBron is leading the young Lakers team. In a recent Instagram post, LeBron promised: “Believe me! #LakerNation the spell won’t last much longer! I swear.” LeBron’s year as a whole was plagued by one injury he sustained on Christmas. He was going for a loose ball and slipped on the floor during a game against the Warriors. He ended up being diagnosed with a left groin strain.

He made his return on January 31st. During the time he was out, the Lakers went 6-11. Before LeBron was injured, their record was 20-11. At that point, the Lakers were on pace to make the playoffs.

Blame for their record has been put on the coaching staff. This is centered around head coach Luke Walton. Recent reports speculate that replacements for Walton could include Mavericks’ head coach Rick Carlisle and Ex-Bucks’ Coach Jason Kidd.

Now that the Lakers and LeBron are out of playoff contention, progress should be coming, contracts will be off the books, and the team should be able to go after any big name free agent.  




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