LeBron James Proves He Still Loves Alex Caruso With Latest Gesture

Published 10/17/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Feb 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and guard Alex Caruso (4) celebrate in the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


When you have LeBron James in your team, a Finals appearance is almost guaranteed. But if your team fails to do the same, you surely need to make some major changes to the roster. So when the Lakers finished their season with a first round loss, the front office was quick to act and rightly made some massive changes to the roster.

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While shipping away misfits like Dennis Schroder seemed like a great decision, one of the toughest decisions by the Lakers was the decision to let go off rotational guard Alex Caruso. The 26-year-old who primarily came off the bench, acted as a great backup for the Lakers.

Although Caruso did not post the best stats for the team, he had decent passing skills and brought the intensity in the defensive end as well. In a season which was marred with injuries, Caruso really stood out as a positive for the team.

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LeBron James all praise for Alex Caruso

While AC was a fan favorite, perhaps his biggest fan of them all was LeBron James. The superstar forward who has been with the Lakers for three seasons now, loved the way Caruso brought the intensity on the floor and showed instant on-court chemistry with the guard with alley-oops a regular feature of the duo.

Despite the 26-year-old’s move to Eastern Conference juggernauts Chicago Bulls, it seems James’ love for Caruso hasn’t dialled down it seems. In a recent Instagram story, LBJ has was all praises for the ‘Bald Eagle’.

Sharing Caruso’s thunderous dunk against the Grizzlies, James’ wrote, “I see you Twin”. While AC has continued to be a spark plug off of the bench, the former Lakers’ guard adds a much needed defensive anchor for the Bulls.

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Given the lack of quality defenders they have, a signing like the 26-year-old can elevate them to a next level. As for the Lakers, the ‘Bald Eagle’ might be a big miss for them next season. Although they have added the likes of Rajon Rondo and Kent Bazemore, many of their veterans aren’t in their physical peaks anymore.

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In a league which is being dominated by bigger and bullish guards, defensive guards become a key to any side. The Lakers this season might have added some attacking names, they have taken some hit defensively. Will the Lakers regret the decision of letting go off Caruso? Will the gambit pay off? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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