LeBron James is facing the toughest challenge in his entire career. One where he’s expected to win, outrun father time, and excel under the basketball’s largest microscope.
The Los Angeles Lakers are basketball’s gold standard along with the Boston Celtics. They’ve won the most titles in NBA history, and have been the league’s two premier franchises for decades. By signing with the Lakers this offseason, 33-year-old LeBron is expected to carry the franchise’s torch in 2018 and beyond. This means he’s under the most pressure he’s faced in his entire career.
LeBron is the biggest free agent to arrive since Shaq in 1996. But Shaq joined a team that won 53 games the year before. These Lakers missed the playoffs in each of the last five years — which is the worst stretch in franchise history. With a roster of young rising stars and established journeymen, it will be up to “King James” to ensure they reach their full potential.
LeBron himself is entering his 16th NBA season, and many argue that he is the greatest basketball player ever. Should LeBron defy those odds, conquer the West, and bring the Lakers back to the promised land, there will be no debate. LeBron James’ legacy will truly reign King.