A few days after the opening of the free agent market, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to get the big prize, that is, the arrival of LeBron James. The four-time MVP of the regular season was committed to the gold and purple franchise for 4 years at a rate of 154 million dollars. A decision that will set the direction of the team led by Luke Walton.
Is Small-ball the best choice of Angelenos? With LeBron as the main focus of the game, the bet on four ‘shorties’ and a pivot wins the debate. Lonzo Ball or Rondo as ‘PG‘; Josh Hart and/or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as ‘Shooting Guard‘; Ingram and LeBron as ‘Small Forward‘ and/or ‘Power Forward‘ respectively, and JaVale McGee as Center.
In a hypothetical visit to the playoffs, from Los Angeles opt for a quintet formed solely and exclusively by exteriors, see as example Golden State Warriors Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Durant and Green. “We could see it someday, but our technical staff is working like crazy to try a ‘quintet of death’ formed by Lonzo (Ball), Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and LeBron,” admitted a Lakers executive to Slam.
The truth is that the Angelenos have plenty of options thanks to signings such as Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson. Both are trained to create play and/or raise the ball, as are Lonzo, LeBron, and Ingram himself.
Sea Lonzo as a point-guard and Rondo accompanying him as an escort, as he has been doing in New Orleans; Ingram as a small forward, Kuzma as a power forward and LeBron as a false center. A mobile starting five, fast and with high defensive capacity. To the equation, you can substitute some player for Stephenson, and at specific moments the scoring capacity of another newcomer like Michael Beasley. Nor can we ignore rookies Svi Mykhailiuk and Mortiz Wager, who have set a remarkable Summer League, and those previously cited Hart and Pope. Looming fun in Hollywood. The template knows it. Management knows it. And the fans are waiting for it with open arms.