Lakers News: Bayless Credit Layoff Skip Lakers Championship


LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers may have won a championship in 2020, but things have been deteriorating since then.

In 2021, the Lakers were knocked out by the playoffs in the first round, while in 2022, they failed to make the post-season altogether. Of course, injuries played their part, while a disjointed roster and elderly people were also an important factor.

but, Skip Bayless believes there is another reason why the Lakers could win a championship in 2020, This is because LeBron James got several months off during the league’s hiatus at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Do you realize that the pandemic was the greatest thing that ever happened to LeBron James? If it wasn’t for the pandemic, he wouldn’t have had a fourth episode. He wouldn’t have because how many months went by before the bubble started? There was four months off to regenerate, refuel, and revitalize,” Bayles said during the September 30 episode of “Blaa Disa’i” on Fox Sports.

If we’re being honest, LeBron probably benefited from the extra rest when the league was on hiatus, but so did every other player who’s been in the NBA bubble—especially the league’s older stars. So, assuming the Lakers won a championship because of a long break each team had is somewhat disingenuous.

The Lakers are still ready to make a big trade

With the Lakers continuing to bounce back beyond the season, there has been plenty of rhetoric surrounding the front office’s willingness to make a deal — with arguments made for both sides of the coin.

but, According to a September 30 report by Mark Stein, In his Steinline newsletter, the Lakers are committed to making a deal, if the move is big enough to bring them back into contender status.

“The Lakers’ undeniable preference during the latter stages of the holiday season has been to keep room for their expected 2023 salary cap for a significant signing next summer. However, they have not ruled out a deal between now and the February 9 trading deadline which includes earning a long-term salary and/or giving up their much-discussed future choices in the first-round draft in 2027 and 2029…but only if this trade is seen as clearly bringing the fallen giants back into contender status”, Stein Books.

Right now, there’s no star who can move the needle available in the Lakers’ commercial market – but as always, there could be a high-profile talent who becomes furious during the season, and that could be when Los Angeles chooses to make the move.

The Lakers have a two-way commitment with LeBron

Speaking to the media on Monday, September 26, As part of the Lakers media day, Rob Pelinka was asked about his willingness to give up the team’s future draft if it means providing the Lakers with a roster capable of winning a championship in the near future.

“Let me make it very clear: We have one of the greatest players in LeBron James to ever play the game, on our squad. We have committed to a long-term contract, a three-year contract. So of course we will do everything we can, including selections, to make the deals that give us A chance to help LeBron reach the end.

He made a commitment to our organization, and that should be a two-way commitment. But let me also be clear, that you have to understand the CBA and the Stepien Rule… you have one chance to make a deal with multiple choices. So if you make this trade, it has to be the right deal, you have one chance to do it, so we are very thoughtful about decisions about when and how to use venture capital in a way that will improve our roster,” Bilinka said.

With LeBron still one of the best players in the world, it makes perfect sense that the Lakers would want to showcase his talents before he starts to decline – although there’s no telling what a potential deal will look like, or who the new star might be heading to Los Angeles. .


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