Lakers’ Assistant Coach Issues Stern Warning To The League of a Probable LeBron James Return

Published 04/24/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) takes the ball down court in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers have suffered from injuries throughout the season. Although superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis were missing from the team, the team was unexpectedly decent against elite competition.

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In their last game where they played against the Dallas Mavericks, the champions finally welcomed back Davis. The 28-year-old returns at a crucial time, and now, Davis can ramp up his game and bring his best to the table.

Lakers’ assistant coach talks about LBJ’s probable return

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While AD‘s return is an absolute treat to the champions, more good news might be on their way pretty soon. LeBron James, who has been out due to a freak high ankle sprain, might make his return soon.

Assistant coach Mike Penberthy took to Instagram and had a stern warning about LBJ’s return. Penberthy wrote, “Next up King James….coming soon. Always good hearing his thoughts on the sidelines, but that’s enough already.”

This news is certainly promising for all Laker fans all around the world. The team has been bolstered by the return of a superstar in Anthony Davis, but LBJ is certainly the key to Frank Vogel’s system.

The team has certainly struggled on numerous occasions without Bron. But in his absence, Dennis Schroder has been the primary playmaker for the team. While the German has particularly fared well in the 36-year-old’s absence, it will be interesting to see how Schroder will perform once Bron returns.

Why will the Lakers be favorites once LeBron James returns?

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In the absence of their superstars, the Lakers were rather a mediocre team. This has propelled teams like the Suns, 76ers, Jazz and the Nets to play some of the best basketball they have played in a while and thus better their records.

Apr 13, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James points to the court during the fourth quarter between the Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Spectrum Center. The Los Angeles Lakers won 101-93. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

But the massive impact Bron leaves on the court cannot be underestimated. Known for his all-round game play, King James will make an already locked in defense better and open up more and more opportunities for his teammates.

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Considering the number of options he has around him available for pick and roll situations like Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond and players like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Wesley Matthews for shooting combined with their lock down defense, the Lakers will instantly become the favorites for the championship.

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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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