LeBron James Starts ‘Cold War’ With Lakers, Per Analyst
February 20, 2022
LeBron James has taken another shot at the Los Angeles Lakers and a lot of people say this may be a cold war. How will the whole thing unfold?
The four-time NBA champion praised Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti, calling him the “MVP.” He likes the fact that Presti drafted great players like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Was this a shot at Rob Pelinka? We all know that the Lakers general manager didn’t make a move at the trade deadline.
“The MVP over there is Sam Presti, he the MVP,” LeBron said on February 19. “I mean, Josh Giddey is great, but Sam Presti, I don’t understand this guy’s eye for talent. He drafted K.D. [Durant], Russ [Westbrook], Jeff Green, Serge Ibaka, Reggie Jackson, Josh Giddey and the list goes on and on and on. This guy’s pretty damn good.”
King James also praised Rams general manager Les Snead. He talked about Snead’s trade moves and the way his teams win games.
“A couple days after LeBron credited Rams GM Les Snead’s ‘F*** Them Picks’ method of building a champion, LeBron used a question about Josh Giddey to speak about how impressed he is by Thunder GM Sam Presti’s work in OKC,” ESPN’s Dave McMenamin tweeted on February 19. “The backdrop: Rob Pelinka made no moves at the deadline.”
Dave McMenamin on what went on behind the scenes for the Lakers on Trade Deadline Day.
The NBA world took notice of the whole situation. A lot of people believe that LeBron has started a cold war against LA. Sam Quinn from CBS Sports talked about the cold war between the Lakers and LeBron’s agency, Klutch Sports.
Dave McMenamin talked about the trade deadline too. According to him, LeBron and AD didn’t really accept a “quiet trade deadline.”
“A source familiar with the situation told ESPN that there was no prior sign-off from James and Davis accepting a quiet deadline,” McMenamin wrote on February 19. “In fact, in the days leading up to the deadline, sources told ESPN there was a realization within the Lakers locker room that the roster was not working and changes would be necessary to turn the team into a contender.”
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.