It finally happened! After the mid season talks about sending Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers caused series chemistry problems in both organizations, it finally happened –
New Orleans sends Anthony Davis (top 10 player in the NBA) for Lonzo Ball (former no. 2 pick in the NBA draft), Brandon Ingram (former no. 2 pick in the NBA draft), Josh Hart (solid role player), The 4th pick in the 2019 draft (which New Orleans turned into multiple picks by trading a few spots back), and 3 more first round picks.
The Lakers basically gave their young core and become a championship contender -the Lakers has 1 more spot to land a superstar to play alongside Davis and Lebron James.
Davis averaged – 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.4 blocks per game.
Lebron averaged – 27.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks per game.
And New Orleans has a very bright future now. The also drafted Zion Williamson – the best prospect of the draft and probably the best prospect since Kevin Durant.
Lonzo and Ingram showed flashes of greatness and now has a new home to develop their craft outside the spot lights of L.A.
New Orleans also drafted 2 interesting prospects in the 8th and 17th picks (they turned the no.4 pick into those picks) – Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
In my opinion, both teams got what they were looking for and time will tell who got the best bargains in this trade.
Angry Lakers fans protested outside the team’s arena – the well-known
Staples Center. The fans are not happy of how things turned out this past
The season started with high hopes when the Lakers managed
to sign Lebron James, one of the greatest players of all time. But from that
point, things started go sideways…
It continued when no other superstar signed with the team,
then followed with questionable signs of free agents like Michael Beasley, Lance
Stephenson, Javale McGee. If that wasn’t enough, the young core of the Lakers
showed no signs of improvement despite the high hopes.
Against all odds, the Lakers took the 4th seed in
the west and things looked pretty good. But on Dec 25th, Lebron got
injured and missed almost 20 games and the young core as well and the Lakers
found themselves out of the playoff race – for the six time in a row.
Then “Magic” Johnson, the team’s president of basketball
operations and the one who convinced Lebron to sign with the Lakers, resigned
without informing Jenny Bass – the team owner. They fired their head coach Luke
Walton and still couldn’t find any other coach to replace him.
These days, we hear some rumors that the team is trying to trade
The loyal fans are sick of this and they want a change.
“Magic” Johnson who is the Lakers President of Basketball Operations, and Rob Pelinka who is the Lakers General Manager announced: “After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season. This decision will allow his groin to fully heal, and is best for the future success of both LeBron and the Lakers.”
In order to show support of his teammates, The King will join the team in it’s next 2-game road trip.
It seems like King James’ injury was a lot serious than we thought.
Not long after the Los Angeles Lakers were out of the playoff race, Dr. Karen Joubert, owner of Joubert Physical Therapy in Beverly Hills, shared a picture standing next to Lebron with an unexpected caption – Karen praised him for his willingness to return to action although he was suffering from pain.
Lakers fans are trash. He should have sat out the whole season. I wonder how many of you idiots are going to call this woman a liar. pic.twitter.com/GcZ9HJFj0O
“I want you all to know how bad his injury was and is, the pain he endured,” the doctor wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post. “Along with his amazing trainer, Mike Mancias, he was on the court in 6 weeks, it should have been 6 months. Unselfishly, he endured pain, pain, pain. He did not want to let the Lakers down, the fans down. But I know what he went through! I learned about determination, the will to win, how to get the job done. He is a force to be reckoned with. @kingjames @mikemancias1.”
Lebron returned to action late in January and carried the Lakers to a win over in overtime on the Clippers. James said “I am at 80 (percent) right now… it will take him a little time to get back”.
One of the hottest topics in all basketball is the question – Who is the greatest basketball player to ever play the game? The two names that pop to mind are Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
As we speak, James doing his best to break MJ’s scoring record and take his place (4th) in the highest scoring list.
LeBron, who entered his 16th season, puts up the work and show every night why he deserves the title as the Greatest of All Time (The G.O.A.T).
But apparently, this feud doesn’t stay solely on the court. James, known for his businesses in the media industry just announced on the NBA all-star weekend about his new project – Space Jam 2.
Why is it such an issue you ask?
For those of you who not familiar with the ’90s hit Space Jam, you might want to check who is the leading role there… I will give you a clue – He played for the Bulls… (Yes, it’s Michael Jordan!)
James will have the leading role in Space Jam 2 as well as being one of the producers.
SpringHill Entertainment (LeBron is one of its co-founders), announced On Sep 18 that the Black Panther’s director, Ryan Coogler, has signed to produce the movie, alongside Terence Nance, who confirmed as the project’s director.