Former NBA Champion Explains What LeBron James and Lakers Need to Do Become the Greatest Team Ever

Published 09/27/2021, 1:18 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates the final horn against the Denver Nuggets during overtime quarter of Los Angeles’ 120-116 win on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The Los Angeles Lakers have arguably never been as strong on paper as they’re today. Sure, the duos of Kareem Abdul Jabbar/Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant/Shaquille O’Neal were crazy, but how about the present-day trio? In fact, they have two of the top three drafts from 2003 playing on the same roster.

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With power comes responsibility and all this means they’ll have to anyhow deliver. And in all honesty, settling even for a #2 spot will be a shame for this team full of All-Stars. At least this is exactly how a former NBA great feels about the franchise.

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John Salley made a bold prediction for the Lakers

In a recent interview, former NBA center-forward John Salley hyped up the Lakers to a great level. He claimed that this squad is capable of beating the record set by the trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant

The 57-YO confidently stated, If they stay healthy, that’s what I’m saying… There thing should be, hey fellas, we gotta win 74 games. Then they go down in history. They’re better than the Golden State Warriors, better than the Chicago Bulls’ 1996 (greatest team ever).”

Now, John’s words hold weight because he has played with Michael Jordan‘s 1995-96 team that won 72 games. And as for LeBron James, Mr. May has really given the 4x Champion a goal he has never even come any closer to.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson embrace after the Warriors� 104 to 99 victory over the Rockets in game 5 of the WC Semis at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

LeBron‘s best regular-season records have come for the Cavs’ 2009 team (66 wins) and the Heat’s 2013 team (66 wins). So he is yet to taste a season where his side can boast a 70+ win record.

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How can LeBron James lead the greatest team ever?

After two shortened seasons, the NBA teams will finally get to play a complete 82-game schedule. So the Lakers, with their multiple All-Stars, a great mix of veteran leaders, and a few youthful guns, can shoot for 73 wins. And in the process, if they end up winning the ultimate title, they can become immortal in the record books as the best dream team.

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As Salley himself noted, “The problems with the Warriors is that they won 73 games, but they lost in the championship to LeBron. If these guys do the same thing, 73-74 wins out of 82, and you win a championship. It could be the greatest team of all time.”

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If this happens, Bron would have nothing much left to achieve in his balling career. However, to make it possible, they’ll have to overcome great challenges from the Nets, the Suns, the Clippers, the Bucks, and perhaps the Warriors too. 

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Do you see it taking the shape of reality? Help us know your prediction in the comments section. 

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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