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Lakers Insider Confirms They Want Lebron James to Play His 23 Season in LA

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The Los Angeles Lakers are leaving no room for ambiguity: they want LeBron James back for his 23rd NBA season. The King’s legacy in purple and gold continues to grow, and the Lakers are determined to keep him in their court.

According to NBA insider Shams Charania, appearing on The Pat McAfee Show, the Lakers’ intentions are crystal clear: “‘The Lakers have made it clear that they want to bring back LeBron James.. In a perfect world the Lakers draft Bronny but there could be another team that emerges as well’ ~ @ShamsCharania #PMSLive” Pat McAfee on Twitter

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This news comes as no surprise. LeBron James has been the heart and soul of the Lakers since his arrival in 2018. He’s delivered one championship and remains a box office draw despite entering his 22nd season.

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Here’s why James is such a vital piece for the Lakers:

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  • Star Power: LeBron James is a generational talent. His presence alone elevates the entire Lakers franchise. He sells tickets, attracts free agents, and remains a dominant force on the court.

  • Leadership: James is a proven leader. His on-court experience and basketball IQ are invaluable assets for a young Lakers team still searching for its identity.

  • Mentorship: With a young core featuring Anthony Davis and Lonnie Walker IV, James’ veteran presence could be instrumental in their development.

The Bronny James Factor: A Father-Son Reunion in LA?

Shams Charania’s tweet also hints at the intriguing possibility of a LeBron James and Bronny James pairing in Los Angeles. Bronny James, LeBron’s eldest son, is considered a highly touted prospect in the upcoming 2024 draft.

While the Lakers don’t have a high draft pick this year, the possibility of drafting Bronny could be a significant factor in LeBron James’ decision to stay. The chance to play alongside his son in the NBA would be a dream come true for any athlete.

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