“Sit Tight and Be Patient”: Lakers Fans Hit Back as LeBron James’ Teammate Turned Down Huge Deal to Join 2022 NBA Finalists Warriors

Published 05/27/2022, 11:30 PM EDT

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With all the off-season expectations that the Lakers had, this season was a tremendous disappointment. The LeBron James-led side was among the favorites for the title early on. But eventually, they couldn’t even qualify for the play-in tournament. The team had multiple injuries and could never find its rhythm.

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With an aging roster, this was expected, but not to this extent. Many players on the roster may have some regrets for the season, but no one more than this one particular player.

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Kent Bazemore last year played for the Warriors before joining the Lakers this offseason. Even though the Warriors offered him more money and a longer deal, Kent still chose to play with LeBron and the Lakers. Now in hindsight, this does not look like a brilliant decision.

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While the Lakers failed to make the playoffs, the Warriors qualified for the NBA Finals. Bazemore congratulated his former Warriors teammates and Lakers fans had various reactions to that tweet. Look at some of the reactions below:

The offseason of uncertainty for LeBron James led Lakers

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This is a very important offseason for the Lakers. First of all, they have to hire a new head coach. After that, they need to reconstruct this roster. The Westbrook trade looks like a sunk cost right now. They need to finalize whether to move on from him or to include him in the roster plans for next season.

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The Lakers lost too many players to injuries which resulted in the team not having a settled lineup. The defensive identity, which was synonymous with their title-winning 2019-20, never materialized.

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With no draft picks and limited financial flexibility, the offseason will be tough for the Laker’s management. But this is an important period for the franchise. They can still look to reload and fight for the title again. They have a small window of contention with LeBron and they need to maximize it. Let us know in the comments below what should the Lakers do.

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Nirjhar Sharma

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Nirjhar Sharma is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a sports enthusiast who follows all major sports and has been watching the NBA for the past 7 years now. A firm believer in the 'Greek Freak' being the best player in the league right now, he believes that the Bucks are primed for another championship run unless the injury bug bites them.
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Arunaditya Aima

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