Pairing up with either George or Leonard would have given LeBron a better platform to dethrone the Warriors than he had last season, when the Cavs desperately missed Irving's offense and LeBron was left to fight a war he had no chance of winning. Nearly completely devoid of consistent shooters, save Brandon Ingram, LeBron may have his work cut out for him keeping his ridiculous eight straight finals appearances going. "So my expectations are the exact same thing".
Given the Golden State Warriors' addition of DeMarcus Cousins to what was already a ludicrously loaded roster, a championship seems logically out of reach for anybody else in the National Basketball Association. It is early, obviously, and I'm not promising anything, but at the end of the day, I expect to win.
That didn't sit well with all Lakers fans.
But the players they've agreed to bring in have raised a lot of eyebrows.
"Does it feel unusual?" "My battles with the Lakers were over a decade ago, and none of the players I was battling with are on the same roster". Although he spent his entire career with LA, Magic knows the magnitude of the Lakers' lure.
The best player of his generation joining the league's second-most successful franchise in a bid to add at least another ring to his collection, after losing three of the last four NBA Finals.
But the Lakers and Spurs haven't been able to hammer out a deal-perhaps because San Antonio has been focused on acquiring almost all of the Lakers' quality young talent in exchange for Leonard.
That begs the question: What are Magic and LeBron thinking? "So it's going to be exciting to be able to just get up, get a couple of easy looks, be able to push the pace in the open court".