Insiders expect top free agents to ignore Lakers this summer

Insiders expect top free agents to ignore Lakers this summer

Javier Howell
March 27, 2019

Like many casual National Basketball Association fans, I figured when the Los Angeles Clippers traded Tobias Harris they were bowing out of the playoff race.

"You just gotta keep pushing", Bryant said. But while James promised fans that a return trip to the playoffs is on the horizon, one analyst took issue with these comments. You've got to come out and work.

James did start and play 35 minutes Sunday in the Lakers' 124-123 loss at NY, finishing with 33 points on 11-of-26 shooting with eight assists and six rebounds.

LeBron James has been to NBA Finals the past eight seasons with both the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.

With Magic Johnson serving as president, and James - widely considered the best player in the league - on board, the Lakers seemed certain to make a playoff run this season, and some even believed they had a chance to make it to the Western Conference Finals.

A number of high profile starts have been linked with joining the Lakers. During the season, the Lakers made a hard push to try and trade for Anthony Davis to save their season. "As a kid that's what you dream about". Instead, for the first half of the season definitely, there was too much focus put on James and he was expected to win games nearly by himself.

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Harden finished 9-13 from beyond the arc and shot 19-34 from the floor.

The Lakers went 6-11 without him and can rightly point to suddenly losing their star as the biggest blow to the team's play-off hopes.

To be fair to LeBron James and the rest of the Lakers, literally everything that could have gone wrong this season has gone wrong as multiple guys went down with untimely injuries and more than half the time the Lakers did not even get to field their best on-court product.

Harden went into a scoring lull and San Antonio rallied from a 15 point halftime deficit to tie the game 81-81 at the end of the third. "I love having girls - I'm super, super excited about that".

"Dirk listen, I know you are not leaving Dallas, I get it, but I got to make this call".