ESPN’s Brian Windhorst has sort of said LeBron James is a team builder but “ultimately a team destroyer,” and according to him via Side Action;
LeBron has always worn his teams out, and he consistently leaves them without any draft picks or assets.
This is what ESPN’s Brian Windhorst had to say about LeBron James’ trajectory.
“LeBron’s career operates in four-year increments. He wears his team out. I call it organizational fatigue. It happened the first time in Cleveland.
They ran out of draft picks, they had a bunch of guys in their mid-30s. Shaq close to the finish line, Antawn Jamison. He goes to Miami, four years, great run, they run out of draft picks. In his last game, three guys retired after the game. He goes to Cleveland, four years, great run.
They run out of draft picks. They got old guys. Here we are in L.A., fourth year. The oldest team we’ve seen in NBA history, they’re out of draft picks, they’re exhausted.”
Windhorst isn’t wrong. The sacrifice to win a championship with LeBron means he will leave your team in shambles once he goes, and it will take some time to put it back together. The Cavs are just now competitive, and the HEAT are championship contenders, but it took some time.
I think it is too late for the Lakers to make any type of run this year, and they might not even make the playoffs. The problem LeBron is having now is health. His own and Anthony Davis’ health, to be specific. Father time hasn’t diminished LeBron’s skills, but it has started to chip away at his ability to play at a high level for 82 games. You are still getting elite LeBron, but for maybe 50 games a year, and since AD is made out of wet paper, it is hard to see another championship run for the Lakers any time soon.
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