LeBron James: John Wall makes bold Lakers playoffs prediction

Aubrey Yates
October 19, 2018

"I don't think you could ever have LeBron James and not try to win now", he said of the former Cleveland Cavalier and Miami Heat forward, who has appeared in eight successive NBA Finals.

There has been significant recruitment this summer with James, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley added to a roster already boasting young talents Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram.

Walton said he is hoping to bring that number down in order to keep his star "fresh" throughout the four-year contract he signed with the Lakers.

But he faces an uphill battle to turn the Lakers into championship contenders.

For some fans, LeBron James debuting in Lakers gold is the true beginning of the season.

Despite the early season struggles, I predict the Lakers will finish with a 47-35 record for the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season, which would be a 12-win improvement.

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Despite James himself saying the Lakers are a long way from challenging the Golden State Warriors, fellow analyst Kenny Smith said the Lakers are in "win now" mode.

While the Lakers may not have home-court advantage, they should be trending in the right direction following the All-Star break and will be an extremely tough matchup in the first round. "Especially my rookie year, I was real fast".

"And obviously he gives us the best opportunity to be at our best".

We go over Kevin Durant possibly coming to LA next offseason and the interesting story that not many players want to come to LA to play with LeBron. "So, we'll get a good amount of guys out there". But once they get comfortable playing with each other I think they are going to be one of the best teams in the West.

"I think there's still going to be some more trades that happen".

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