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Here is why LeBron James’ 4-year success cycle means bad news for L.A. Lakers fans

For NBA analyst Brian Windhorst, there's a pattern everywhere LeBron James goes. And it's not going to end well for the L.A. Lakers.
Here is why LeBron James’ 4-year success cycle means bad news for L.A. Lakers fans

One basketball analyst shared an exciting explanation of LeBron James’ 4-year cycle

One basketball analyst shared an exciting explanation of LeBron James’ 4-year cycle. Everywhere LeBron James goes, success follows him. Every time LeBron James leaves, hopelessness and destruction come after. The King is on his 4th year with the Purple and Gold, which only means bad news for the L.A. Lakers fans.

LeBron James’ 4-year cycle

Brian Windhorst dedicated a good chunk of his career following LeBron James’ journey. He noticed a pattern and called it a “4-year cycle.”

“LeBron’s career operates in four-year increments. He wears his team out. I call it organizational fatigue. It happened the first time in Cleveland. They ran out of draft picks, they had a bunch of guys in their mid-30s. Shaq close to the finish line, Antawn Jamison.”

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Windhorst then explained how James’ run at Cleveland Cavaliers ended: with old players and no draft picks. Then, after a good run, the same thing happened when he went to play for the Miami Heat: the team was left with aging players and no chance to rebuild through the draft. Back in Cleveland, after another good run, the same pattern appeared. Now that LeBron is in his 4th year in the L.A. Lakers, the signs point to history repeating itself: they have veterans on their last legs, and no draft picks to hope for the future.

What’s next for the Lakers

The marriage made in championship heaven is looking to end in an ugly divorce. LeBron did LeBron things: he came, conquered, and delivered a title. But looking now at the timeline, it seems James has worn out his welcome.

Two things could happen: James stays, or James leaves. There’s a growing belief that if The King decides to go, it would be for a chance to play with his son, Bronny. L.A. offers more business opportunities for James and his brand. So it may be hard to relocate to another city and start all over again.

The 37-year-old signed a 2-year, $85 million extension with the Lakers in 2020, and is expected to stay with the team until the end of the 2022-23 season.

If James stays, the Lakers could suffer the same fate as all the past teams that The King played for. If these are all the consequences of having James come to L.A. and deliver the franchise’s latest title, some fans could accept that it’s part of the package. The clock is ticking, and the front office must decide on its future soon. 

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