The Los Angeles Lakers spent this offseason retooling the roster hoping for another NBA title push. The front office moved forward with a specific game plan to structure the team around the star talent. However, NBA analyst Chris Broussard declared LeBron James possesses a particular excuse if the Lakers don’t win the 2022 championship.
Lakers revamp the roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis
After an early playoff exit, the Lakers quickly restructured the roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
It began with the draft-day move of acquiring former league MVP Russell Westbrook. The front office followed it with a busy free agency adding several older proven veterans well into their 30s. The team signed Carmelo Anthony (37), Trevor Ariza (36), Dwight Howard (35), pushing the roster to an average age of 31.4 years old.
The Lakers specifically targeted shooting and versatile defenders to supplement the star talent, hoping it brings balance. As the Lakers venture into next season, one prominent NBA analyst is convinced James holds a built-in excuse if Los Angeles doesn’t win a championship.
LeBron James holds a built-in excuse if the Lakers don’t win the 2022 NBA title, NBA analyst predicts
The Lakers‘ busy offseason featured the team adding older veteran players around its star power.
The front office’s approach spawned criticism questioning the Lakers’ ability to withstand the 2021-22 regular season on the quest toward NBA title contention. It’s led longtime NBA analyst Chris Broussard to voice on FS1’s First Things First that the four-time league MVP holds a built-in excuse if the Lakers fall short of championship contention.
“Because of LeBron’s age, he’s like Tom Brady — he has a built-in excuse for not winning another championship,’ Broussard said. “LeBron is 37, he’s in his 19th year so if he doesn’t win that will be an explanation of why.
James is entering his 19th season, but there is no hindrance toward competing for his fifth NBA title. Los Angeles may possess an older roster, but the team added talent with specific skill sets. General manager Rob Pelinka brought aboard proven shooters and versatile defenders that allow for various unique lineup combinations.
James isn’t taking his foot off the pedal while the talent around him features several players eyeing their first championship. Age will remain a storyline, but the older players the Lakers acquired could make a significant difference, unlike last season’s supporting cast.
Los Angeles won’t lack championship motivation
Once the Lakers decided to go full bore with assembling a veteran-laden roster, the criticism regarding the cumulative age was bound to become a point of criticism.
If anything, it’s quickly become a source of motivation for several newcomers on the roster. In a now-deleted tweet, James voiced that he wants to hear all the naysayers continue to express the doubt about the Lakers’ NBA title chances.
“Keep talking about my squad, our personnel ages, the way he plays, he stays injured, were’ past our time in this league, etc etc etc,” James wrote. “Do me one favor PLEASE!!!! and I mean PLEASE!!! Keep that same narrative ENERGY when it begins. That’s all I ask.”
The Lakers won’t lack the motivation to fuel their internal drive to contend for an NBA title. Plenty of variables need to be sorted out first, such as Westbrook’s fit alongside James and Davis and the new pieces working alongside the star talent.
However, it’s hard to deny Los Angeles doesn’t possess the elements to put together a special 2021-22 campaign.