“Whole Organization Delusional”: NBA Twitter in a Frenzy Following Rumors About Lakers Potentially Reuniting LeBron James With His Former Teammate

Published 05/07/2022, 12:52 AM EDT

The Los Angeles Lakers have been disappointing this season. They have not even qualified for the playoffs. This despite acquiring the services of Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony. They now have an old team with huge contracts. LeBron James has been the only light in this dark season for the Mavericks. Their other star player, Anthony Davis, has been injured for most of the season.


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Lakers are now trying to find a new coach after firing Frank Vogel. They are also rebuilding the team. LeBron James, being the star player, has some say in this process. The Front Office has apparently suggested a name, Kyrie Irving. Irving was James’ teammate in the Cleveland Cavaliers. They both won the 2016 NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors, hence have a storied history with each other.

Twitter reaction to this rumor

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (2) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) return to the locker room after defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, June 13, 2016. Cleveland defeated Golden State 112-97. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

Fans are mocking the Lakers’ organisation for this suggestion of theirs. Irving, too, has come out of a nightmare of a season. To go back to LeBron after what happened in 2017-18 will be something the fans would wonder about. These are some of the reactions from Twitter on this rumour:



LeBron James and Kyrie Irving’s reunion

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (6) talks with Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (2) during media day the day before Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

According to SNY’s Ian Begley, it is unclear whether the organization reached a consensus on reuniting LeBron James with Irving. He has written that the deal would have obviously reunited Irving with LeBron James. It’s unclear if the Lakers reached a decision on Irving at the time. And it doesn’t really matter at this point. Given where Brooklyn is at the moment, it would be surprising if the club didn’t sign Irving to a multi-year extension/new contract this summer as it continues to pursue a title.


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Begley has added that the Nets had been open to talking to teams about potential Irving trades during that time.

During the 2021-22 regular season, Irving appeared in just 29 games, as he wasn’t allowed to play in home games for the Nets for the majority of the season because of his COVID-19 vaccination status.

Despite that, Irving averaged 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from beyond the arc.


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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.