How LeBron James Fits Within the Lakers Cosmos

Lakers fans are unsurprisingly split on their feelings regarding the team’s decision to sign the best player in the NBA. Here’s why every Lakers fan should be excited

I was born in 1984. The same year that Magic Johnson lost his first meeting with Larry Bird and the hated Boston Celtics, teaching a whole new generation of Lakers fans to hate the color green and Lucky Charms cereal. As a Lakers fan, I grew up watching a team with no stars. The year was 1993, two years after saying good-bye to Magic Johnson who retired in 1991, and the Lakers would draft Nick Van Exel with the 37th selection in the NBA draft. The team would later select Eddie Jones in the 1994 draft, complete a trade for Cedric Ceballos, and make the playoffs with one of the younger cores in the league at the time. It would take one more season before the Lakers signed superstar center Shaquille O’Neal to pair with the young but talented roster already in place, and trade for another young talent from the 1996 draft class in Kobe Bryant.

As a Lakers fan, I would go on to enjoy three straight NBA championships, and be reminded that this is what the Lakers did. They would draft well, they would make all of the right moves (GM Jerry West also traded away a few assets to clear up cap space and ensure O’Neal could be signed), and they won championships. Going back to the days of Magic Johnson, the trades for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the addition of James Worthy proved this was evident. Going back even further to the days of Jerry West, the trade for Wilt Chamberlain proved this was evident. Fans of other teams often mock Lakers fans for bringing up their team’s history, but when your history continues to repeat itself, it’s hard not to keep bringing it up to the uneducated masses.

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The Biggest Problem Facing the NBA Right Now

The Warriors are in the Finals again, looking to win their third championship in four straight tries. That’s a problem, but the reason may not be what you think.

Many people right now are complaining that the NBA Finals is always the Golden State Warriors vs. LeBron. It’s been this way for four seasons in a row. LeBron himself has reached eight straight Finals appearances. The easy answer is to keep teams like the Golden State Warriors from forming; however, if you’ve paid any attention to the NBA in the last decade, the Dubs are not the first instance of a Super Team.

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Who Is The G.O.A.T.?

G.O.A.T. is a label being thrown around quite a bit these days. I think we all need to stop and think about what it means.

LeBron James’ greatness is on full display as we speak, and we are currently awaiting the start of the NBA Conference Finals. If LeBron makes another trip to the NBA Finals, that would be eight¬†straight trips, something that hasn’t been accomplished in over 50 years! And, don’t look now folks, but he currently sits fifth on the all-time scorers list (31,038), and only 1,254 points behind many hoop heads’ all-time great Michael Jordan (and LeBron still hasn’t even retired, taken ownership of a team, and returned to play for them yet. Yikes!). He is showing no signs of slowing down, possibly playing the best ball of his career in his 15th season, and with an average of at or around 2,000 points per, it’s safe to say next season he will surpass the immortal MJ on this list, and begin nipping at the heels of Kobe Bryant, who sits third.

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Team LeBron Vs. Team Steph: The (Un)Official Draft Order of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game

Who did Lebron pick first? When was your favorite player picked? Only I have the answers!

The NBA All-Star game wasn’t always a joke. Sure, for a few quarters here and there, the two teams would take turns dunking on each other. But it also provided us with some great memories. Like Shaq dunking on David Robinson in his hometown (the host city was San Antonio) in 1996. Magic Johnson making a comeback to the court after being diagnosed with HIV in 1992 was also memorable. It was a chance for the fans to see the best players in the NBA all at once, in a game that could previously only be imagined.

Recently though, the competition hasn’t been there. The games have looked more like shootarounds, with teams lining up to the dunk the ball or hoist up a three against zero defense, and scores nearing a ridiculous 200 points.¬† This year, the NBA made an effort to change this, and spark a competitive fire under the butts of the players, by allowing two team captains to choose their teammates from a pool of 22 other All-Stars, playground style. Continue reading “Team LeBron Vs. Team Steph: The (Un)Official Draft Order of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game”