Lakers GM Rob Pelinka Wants to Add LeBron James to Team’s Mount Rushmore

Published 12/06/2020, 12:51 PM EST
Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after a call during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2020 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at AdventHealth Arena. The Miami Heat won 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


There was rampant speculation about LeBron James and his NBA future, but he dismissed all that by signing a massive 2-year extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. The deal involves a lot of money, and Rob Pelinka revealed one of the major reasons behind the move. 

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Of course, keeping LeBron intact means that the Lakers will have an incredibly strong roster for the near future. Moreover, there is a discussion that seems to be a never-ending one on the internet. What should LeBron do to solidify himself as a Lakers legend? 

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after a play against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsMandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Fans expect more from the King following the 2020 championship triumph. A three-peat is a Laker fan’s most fantasized moment. Though it is too early to tell, one can rest assured that Lakers’ GM Rob Pelinka is aiming to accomplish the same with the James-Davis duo. 

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“I’m sure he will hang many jerseys one day but we hope one of them will be a Lakers jersey,” Pelinka told reporters after announcing James’ extension.

The Staples Center boasts a wide line of iconic jerseys hanging on its rafters. A LeBron James uniform in purple and gold would make it whole. In fact, fans supporting other teams would be extremely jealous if that ever happens! 

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Rob Pelinka’s detailed explanation for giving LeBron James a 2-year $85 million extension

Rob Pelinka shelled out more details on why the management offered LeBron James a mammoth deal to stay with the team till 2023. There are several perks to it, and Pelinka mentioned a major aspect. 

“LeBron James is a transcendent basketball player, and human being,” he said. Furthermore, Pelinka mentioned how LeBron came to the franchise and believed in the roster until they won a championship. He saw that as a major winning quality in the 4x MVP. 

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“LeBron put his trust in the Lakers in 2018, and now this contract extension paves the way for LeBron to further solidify his legacy as an all-time Lakers great. We could not be more honored by this commitment,” Pelinka stated

Exciting times lie ahead, especially if you’re a Los Angeles Lakers fan. Anthony Davis signed a max 5-year contract and LeBron’s staying till 2023. The implications of these moves will reflect in the upcoming years, but can the Lakers complete the double in 2021?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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