The Los Angeles Lakers had a reason to celebrate following the win over the Memphis Grizzlies and LeBron James delivered a big message for the NBA world.
Lakers players did a good job on both ends of the floor. It was their second straight win and let’s just say a 134-107 final score doesn’t look too bad at all.
LeBron saw action in 23 minutes which is less than the expected 29 minutes per game. However, he scored 16 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. He was lethal in the second game of the In-Season Tournament despite his age. The four-time NBA champion is in his 21st NBA season and his dominant side hasn’t faded a bit. Some NBA analysts believed that LeBron would call it career following the 2022-23 NBA season. It seems like he will continue doing what he knows best.
“Just going out there and playing free basketball,” LeBron said after the win. “I feel like there’s not anything I can not do that I did in my 20s out on the basketball floor. So I continue to try to be the ultimate triple threat … scoring in the paint, scoring threes, get to the three-point line when I can. Things of that nature, always trying to keep the defense at bay, always have the ability to rebound and find my teammates, that’s always key.”
LeBron and his Lakers teammates had no trouble beating the Grizzlies
The Lakers have a 6-5 record at this point of the season. They do not lack depth as suggested by several analysts, but the front office is still open for a move. The Lakers have been linked to at least one player and they can really use DeMar DeRozan at this point. DeRozan is not the only person mentioned in these trade talks. The same goes to his Chicago Bulls teammate Zach LaVine. If the Lakers plan to make a move, they will have to wait until some of their tradeable assets are available for a trade. D’Angelo Russell, Rui Hachimura, and Gabe Vincent could end up on the trade block after December 15.