Former NBA Champion Explains How LeBron James is the Reason Other Players Are Gravitating Towards the Lakers

Published 08/05/2021, 12:30 AM EDT
May 25, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers entered the offseason prepared to build a roster that would ensure a big comeback next season. After their disappointing premature exit this year, they were at the center of plenty of criticism, especially LeBron James. But say what you will, if this offseason has shown us anything, NBA players around the league would do anything to play alongside a superstar like him. This is also something former NBA player turned analyst Antonio Daniels has noticed.

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Is LeBron James the point of attraction?

The Lakers have done impressively well this offseason. In just the starting days of free agency, they have pulled off a plethora of signings that have their roster filled with fresh faces. But despite thinking that the Lakers don’t have the assets for making big trades, how do they still pull it off? Well, Antonio Daniels has an idea.

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On SiriusXM NBA Radio, he stated, “This is a testament to LeBron James in my opinion. I am sitting here yesterday and thinking golly! A week ago, we were talking about the Lakers and the fact that they didn’t have money to sign this, and didn’t have money to sign that. I just didn’t know how they were going to get this done. They don’t have a lot of money.”

“Every time this thing goes off, the Lakers are signing somebody else. How are they getting this done? This is a testament to guys wanting to play alongside star power. They’ve seen LeBron, they’ve looked up to LeBron. They’ve watched him win, watched him lose. But they have watched him be competitive year after year. And guys want to step in and be a part of that.”

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How are the Lakers looking right now?

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Keeping Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn, and Malik Monk will add a young touch to the roster. Then, with Carmelo Anthony, Wayne Ellington, and Trevor Ariza, comes some shooting and veteran experience.

And of course, let’s not forget the blockbuster trade that brought Russell Westbrook to join forces with LeBron and Anthony Davis. This is the ‘Big Three’ people will be looking forward to wreaking havoc next season.

May 25, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammates against the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The only question is if it will live up to its hype or will it be another failed attempt at creating a super team?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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