It's no secret that this offseason has been just about your average offseason in La-La Land. Drama, rumors, and fun-filled speculations are what you get for finishing 11th in the West with a record of 33-49 - yikes!
LeBron James clearly wanted last season to work after an array of spectacular performances, although missing games here and there. In his 19th year, LeBron averaged 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, but missed 26 games.
Under the Buss (Pun Intended)
After the season, people were either thrown under the bus, fired, or shopped around the league. Fired was the case for former Lakers Championship Coach Frank Vogel. And the one being shopped is... Russell Westbrook. It's unclear whether James was taking a jab at his current teammate or teammates, but one thing's for sure - he demands more.
Fans were obviously displeased with the team's efforts last season, but based on social media, they are pinning most of the blame on Westbrook. Clearly, he's not the only one at fault for last year's finish, but for the fans, they see it as paying $47 million for a supposed star that didn't work out.
To save or to add more trouble?
And after a couple of backlashes and so, Kyrie came along. Nets star Kyrie Irving was reportedly eyeing the Lakers as his next destination. With that said, after not working out with the Celtics and the Nets, many believe only LeBron can handle everything off-the-court that comes along with acquiring Irving.
Not only that but from many insiders, it is widely believed that James has been advocating for the Lakers to get Irving. It's unclear whether the Russell Westbrook relationship is repairable or not, but if the Lakers bring it back next season, things are bound to be dramatic, and this saga is still unfolding.
Win or Bust
In a new episode of The Shop by Uninterrupted, James had a few things to say about having that winning mentality. This was obviously a message for Russell Westbrook.
"I'm obsessed with it, with win or bust. And what makes me have sleepless nights is when you don't have everyone that feels the same way on your club." James stated.
Clearly, LeBron James wants the whole team to have one thing in mind, and that's a championship. It will be hard to win one if not everyone is on board with the mentality you got to have with capturing that title.
"There's times when I wished I was a tennis player, or a golfer when it was literally like "Look in the mirror, it's you verse you." LeBron added.
James cited how winning culture is something that grows on you, on some sort of "wanting it" even if losing was a part of your history. LeBron jokingly has this to say about players from clubs with losing cultures
"Like literally I don't give a f*** who's on that club, you can have Jordan, Shaq, Iverson and have Jesus Christ as your coach, they're gonna lose, it's like literally the culture.”
Before beating Jordan coached by Jesus Chris, the Lakers need to improve to be competitive against the Pelicans and the Timberwolves. It's quite clear James doesn't think they can do it with Westbrook on the team.