When you’re “The King,” otherworldly performances are expected.
From dragging his 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers — a team entirely devoid of talent — to the NBA Finals, to coming back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the 73-win 2016 Golden State Warriors in The Finals, LeBron James has almost always lived up to his “King” title on the court. But even the king ages, and as he does, the supporting cast around him must continue to improve in order to lessen the workload of their leader.
The Los Angeles Lakers surrounding James have been unable to pick up the slack for their aging superstar, and they’re one-game away from elimination because of it.
This isn’t the 2020 playoffs in the Orlando bubble, and the Lakers roster is not as good as last year’s championship core. Even with all their baggage, Dwight Howard and Javale McGee were the modern “Twin Towers” in the playoffs, giving the Lakers a physicality in the paint that is