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Report: Lakers may bring back ex-LeBron James teammate

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Nov 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Detroit Pistons in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Schroder hinted recently that he would like to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, and there is a chance the veteran point guard will get his wish.

NBA reporter Marc Stein was told by sources that the Lakers are giving “legit consideration” to re-signing Schroder. They first want to see how the rest of their roster takes shape, but they are at least open to the idea.

Schroder was a starter alongside LeBron James with the Lakers during the 2020-21 season. He then signed with the Boston Celtics in free agency and was traded to the Houston Rockets.

The Lakers still have Russell Westbrook, so it is possible they are waiting to see how that situation plays out before making any decisions about Schroder. They would have more of a need at point guard if they trade Westbrook, though it has appeared increasingly likely that they will keep him.

Schroder indicated on Instagram last month that he would like to play for the Lakers again. The 28-year-old averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists in 61 games for L.A two seasons ago.

Brian Windhorst makes interesting revelation about his relationship with LeBron

Brian Windhorst delivers a take

Brian Windhorst took his reporting career to new heights when he established a seemingly close relationship with LeBron James years ago. It has always seemed like Windhorst has the inside track on what LeBron’s next move will be, but that may no longer be the case.

Windhorst was asked about his relationship with James during a recent appearance on the “Sports Illustrated Media Podcast” with Jimmy Traina. He made a somewhat surprising revelation.

“I haven’t really communicated with him much at all in the last few years,” Windhorst said. “First of all, the pandemic happened so we weren’t doing in-person interviews. In years past I’ve messaged with him, but we’ve both kind of moved on. LeBron doesn’t have personal relationships like that with reporters. He hasn’t in a long time.”

Windhorst was a beat writer in Cleveland when LeBron first got to the NBA with the Cavaliers. Windhorst then joined ESPN in 2010 when James left the Cavs to sign with the Miami Heat. The NBA insider and LeBron both attended the same high school, St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, in Akron. While Windhorst said James is still friendly with him, it sounds like his access to LeBron has been limited since LeBron signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“In LA, there’s so much media there. I would talk to him in the locker room (before). I didn’t go over to his house to have wine and cigars,” Windhorst added. “I talked to him in the locker room and the hallways for two decades. So that’s sort of cut off, and just, frankly, the Lakers haven’t been that relevant of a team.”

You can hear more from Windhorst at around the 25-minute mark below:

Windhorst still offers plenty of attention-worthy information about LeBron, but he is now one of the best and most connected reporters in the NBA. Any inside scoop he has about James is not necessarily the result of his unique relationship with the future Hall of Famer — at least not anymore.

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LeBron James agrees to new Lakers contract with interesting detail

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has put to rest any speculation about his future by reaching a new contract agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers.

James’ agent Rich Paul told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that James and the Lakers have a new two-year deal in place with a player option for the 2024-25 season. James can make as much as $111 million over the course of the contract.

James had been entering the final year of his previous contract with the Lakers, sparking some speculation about his future. This will put that firmly to rest.

The player option is easily the most interesting detail of the contract. It will essentially allow James to opt out of his deal just as his son Bronny is due to become draft-eligible in 2024. Based on what we know about James’ ambitions, that probably is not a coincidence.

Though he turns 38 in December, James is still performing at a high level. His 30.3 points per game last season marked one of his best scoring seasons statistically, and the Lakers will essentially go as far as he can take them.

LeBron James addresses college rumor about son Bronny

LeBron James looking on

Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James on Tuesday addressed a rumor about his son, Bronny.

A report on Tuesday said that Oregon is the leader to land Bronny when he decides on a college.

LeBron saw the report and addressed it via Twitter later in the evening.

“He hasn’t taken 1 visit yet and has only had a few calls with coaches and universities. When Bronny makes his choice you’ll hear it from him,” LeBron wrote.

Bronny is entering his senior season at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, Calif. He is getting close to a time when he will have to make a decision about the college he will want to attend after high school. So the chances are he and his family have given more thought to college than LeBron lets on.

Any decision Bronny makes will make him somewhat of a trailblazer in the family. Remember that LeBron skipped college entered the NBA straight out of high school.

Ex-teammate has interesting take on LeBron James’ legacy

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Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is probably saying, “Et tu, Brute?” to an old teammate.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson went viral this week for his take on the legacy of James, his teammate on the Cavs from 2015 to 2017, when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers. What set off the debate was an Instagram post by Shaquille O’Neal suggesting that James might be one of the greatest Lakers of all-time.

On an episode this week of “Road Trippin’,” Jefferson came out guns a-blazing against that take.

“LeBron has not done enough as a Laker to be on that list,” said Jefferson. “This is his fourth season [with the Lakers], right? They’ve been there four seasons. Two years, they haven’t made the postseason. One year, they lost in the first round. And one year, they won a championship.

“There hasn’t been a consistent level of greatness,” he went on. “You could win a championship, that’s great. But part of LeBron James being famous for being LeBron James, part of the Lakers organization, is [the] consistent greatness. Not like, oh, one year you’re trash, next year you’re great. No, it’s like, are you consistently those dudes? It just hasn’t intersected [for him on the Lakers].”

Jefferson is right that one championship, though it might on a less-storied franchise, does not make you an all-time great for a Lakers franchise that has won 17 of them. O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Magic Johnson all delivered three or more championships to Los Angeles. Even players from earlier eras (e.g. Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, and George Mikan) and more complementary players (e.g. James Worthy, Jamaal Wilkes, and Pau Gasol) are probably comfortably ahead of James when it comes to the greatest Lakers ever.

While James’ story as a Laker is still being written, the fact of the matter is that the team during the James era has been in the litter box more often than they have been in the winner’s circle. Absent further championship wins, James will not go down as an all-time great Laker (though one top figure in the organization already seems to believe that he is).

What will happen to LeBron James with jersey No. 6 now retired?

LeBron James in a jersey

Nov 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Detroit Pistons in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA on Thursday announced big news surrounding the late Bill Russell.

The league is retiring jersey No. 6 leaguewide to honor Russell. It’s the first time the NBA has retired a number leaguewide.

Though the news about honoring Russell drew attention, some were wondering what will happen to players who currently wear No. 6, like LeBron James. Here is how it will work.

Players who already wear jersey No. 6 will be allowed to continue wearing the number. But the number will not be allowed to be issued in the future.

Including James, there were 25 players to wear No. 6 last season. Here is the full list of players who will be able to continue wearing the number.

In addition to LeBron, other notable players to wear No. 6 include Kristaps Porzingis and Montrezl Harrell, who are now on the same team. And you can’t forget about fan favorite Alex Caruso, who wears No. 6 for the Bulls.

Some of these players may choose to switch numbers. James has worn No. 23 several times in the past. But if players don’t want to switch, they can continue to wear No. 6.

LeBron James hints at notable offseason move

LeBron James looking on

Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Though the NBA season does not start for another two-and-a-half months, LeBron James could be coming to a basketball court near you a lot sooner than that … at least if you live in the Seattle area.

The Los Angeles Lakers star James shouted out Seattle over the weekend for the love and vibrant atmosphere they had for women’s basketball star Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm. Bird played the final home game of her WNBA career in the city on Sunday.

“Seattle was rockin’ today for Sue Bird last home game!” tweeted James. “I may have to make a trip up there before summer’s out and get a run in.”

In other words, James is hinting that he could show up to the Seattle area to participate in a pro-am competition. James’ tweet sparked excitement from many locals, including ex-NBA star and Seattle native Jamal Crawford, who runs one particular pro-am league called The CrawsOver.

After a couple of down years thanks to the pandemic, the pro-am circuit is firing on all cylinders again this summer. James himself even played in a different city’s pro-am league last month to many oohs and ahhs.

The four-time MVP pulling up to Seattle, one of the top hotbeds for pickup ball in the country, would definitely be a show-stopper. But James will have to be ready for anything because those games in Seattle can get a lot more intense than you might expect.

Ex-Lakers teammate shares how LeBron James made him a winner

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has a reputation for being able to elevate the play of those around him. One of his former teammates recently helped explain how James is able to get the most out of those around him.

Kyle Kuzma joined the “Draymond Green Show” for an episode published on Thursday. He talked about how he sacrificed his personal stats in order to help the Lakers win. He said that James’ presence and high standards spread to teammates, leading him to become selfless and focus on winning.

“You’re on that team and you see that man being a professional, you’re going to fall in line. Because it’s a certain standard and you don’t want to let someone down who cares so much about winning. You want to be a part of that too,” Kuzma said.

Kuzma noted how he went from being the Lakers’ second-leading scorer in 2018-2019, which was James’ first season with the team, to averaging 12.8 points per game the following season. Kuzma sacrificed his stats and the Lakers ended up winning the championship.

Eventually, Kuzma was traded to Washington as part of a 5-team trade that brought Russell Westbrook to the Lakers. He made $13 million and averaged 17.1 points per game. But his team finished 12 games under .500 and missed the playoffs. Kuzma didn’t have that same veteran leader around that he needed to be on his best for the way he did when teammates with James.

Report: LeBron James has noteworthy meeting with Lakers

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The King is officially holding court this week.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported Thursday that LeBron James and agent Rich Paul met with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka about a possible contract extension. Paul said that the meeting was “productive” and that the two sides will continue dialogue, McMenamin adds.

Thursday marked the day James became eligible to sign a new extension with the Lakers (for two years and up to $97.1 million). He has until June 30, 2023 to reach an extension agreement with the team or else he will become an unrestricted free agent.

James, who turns 38 in December, is currently under contract for just one more guaranteed season at $44.5 million. McMenamin also said during a separate appearance on ESPN that James is no rush to sign an extension and wants to see how the dust settles with the Lakers roster.

The Lakers were rotten horseradish last season, going 33-49 and missing a 20-team NBA postseason. That has led to uncertainty over James’ continued future with the team. The four-time MVP would also like to keep his options open for one particular reason. That is why many believe James may instead sign a 1+1 extension that would lock him in for an additional year with the Lakers but allow him to test free agency in 2024.

LeBron James, Draymond Green appear to poke fun at Antonio Brown in viral clip

LeBron James looking on

Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But LeBron James and Draymond Green probably were not doing much flattery in a recent viral clip.

A clip of James and Green hanging out over the weekend in Toronto trended online this week. In the video, the two NBA stars did an interesting dance together, T.Rex-ing their arms to the music. Check it out.

The interpretive dance move was neither original nor coincidence however. Instead, James and Green appeared to be poking fun at infamous ex-NFL receiver Antonio Brown, who did the dance during a performance at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami the previous weekend.

Here is the video for comparison (but beware of bad language in the lyrics).

The 34-year-old Brown appears to be all-in on his rap career after getting himself cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. He even recently shared some big ambitions for his music venture.

The ribbing of Brown here is probably in good fun since he once appeared on James’ HBO show. But James and Green are not the only pro athletes who are roasting Brown over that memeable festival appearance.