The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked to at least one champion in the last couple of months. Kyrie Irving is the latest target and NBA fans can’t stop talking about his potential arrival in Los Angeles. Will Irving team up with LeBron James once again? They had an ugly separation in Cleveland.
Irving may make a good sense for the Lakers, but Bill Plaschke is not a fan of this idea.
“The Lakers need to ask themselves: Is this a player who can not only turn a bottom-dwelling team into a championship contender in the next two years but also lead it into the next era after James retires? Then they need to realize the answer is a resounding no,” Plaschke wrote. “At this moment, Irving is perceived as one of the most selfishly misguided players in all of professional sports, and that’s saying something. While walking out on the Nets in January 2021 because he was so troubled by the insurrection, he was videotaped at a party. While missing numerous games this past season because of the vaccine mandate, he would seemingly taunt his teammates by showing up in the stands.
“The Lakers don’t need that. Their new coach, Darvin Ham, doesn’t need that. Their disillusioned fans don’t need that. They don’t have a championship team as constituted, but Irving is not going to change that in the short term and his presence would cause irreparable harm in the long run.”
Lakers won’t get the champion that easily
Irving is in a rather tricky situation with the Brooklyn Nets. Negotiations got stuck in the middle of nowhere. Will Irving even stay with the team?
If Irving leaves the Nets, he won’t have trouble finding a suitor. The Lakers won’t be the only suitor on his list. The Los Angeles Clippers want him, too.
Irving didn’t play much last season. COVID protocols kept him away from the court for a really long time. The Nets had to call him back, but their season was doomed.
Brooklyn has to make a decision and Irving may not be part of this decision.