LeBron James: Lakers can ‘absolutely’ repeat: ‘It’s that simple’
The Los Angeles Lakers will tip-off the 2020-21 NBA campaign as prohibitive favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy at season’s end, which of course would make it two titles in a row for the iconic franchise.
Repeating as champions obviously is a formidable challenge in any sport, but LeBron James feels the Lakers have the pieces in place to do it.
Appearing this week on the podcast “Road Trippin’,” James laid out to Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye and Allie Clifton why the Lakers are primed for another run — and victory — in the NBA Finals.
“We can [repeat]. I mean, it’s that simple,” James said on the podcast that aired Tuesday on Spectrum SportsNet, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “We absolutely can. … First of all, it all starts with health. You have to have some luck. You have to have health. If we can stay healthy.”
James also attributed his confidence in the lineup the Lakers will put on the court thanks to the team’s offseason acquisitions, which included bringing in Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol. Specifically alluding to Schroder and Harrell, James likes how the Lakers retooled with some much-needed youth, but he also mentioned the savvy and experience Gasol will bring to the court.
“We did get younger,” James added. “We have a 27-year-old point guard [in Schroder]. We got the 27-year-old Sixth Man of the Year award [winner] in Trezz. We got younger. We got Marc, who is a Defensive Player of the Year and his IQ, not only playing against him in the NBA, but also playing against him versus Spain with the national team.”
As long as James and Anthony Davis serve as headliners in L.A. — and of course remain healthy — the Lakers are unquestionably among the top two or three title contenders, if not the No. 1 option.
James may be turning 36 later this month and saddled with a lot of mileage on his body thanks to countless deep postseason runs, but if the Lakers can keep him fresh — though it sounds like the team may encounter some issues in that regard — there’s little reason to doubt that the defending champs are indeed poised to make it back-to-back titles next summer.