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Despite a difficult first season with the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James has expressed belief in the organization’s braintrust when it comes to adding talent to the team’s roster this summer.
James said the approach will not be any different this summer because of the struggles the Lakers have experienced this season. Los Angeles will lug a 31-38 record in a matinee against the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon. The Lakers have won only two of their last 10 games to all but eliminate themselves from playoff contention. LA is 11th in the Western Conference standings heading into play Saturday, 7.5 games behind the eighth-place Los Angeles Clippers, who sit in final playoff spot.
“I don’t think it changes — I think everybody knew that coming into this year it was still going to be challenging even if we were all healthy and played all 82 games,” James said, according to Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group. “We continue to have injuries, your depth is not as you would like it to be, and it’s hard on a ballclub.”
Last summer president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka surrounded the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and three-time champion with veterans such as Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and the since-traded Michael Beasley.
James expressed faith in Johnson and Pelinka being able to upgrade the roster this summer.
“So we have an opportunity to get better this summer through free agency, and through the draft,” he said. “And I believe our front office and our coaching staff are going to make that happen.”