“If you are that guy that doesn’t mean the basketball team is any good”

LeBron James is said to have entered talks to extend his contract with LA Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. According to NBA analyst Dave McMenamin, the forward’s agent and Klutch Sports Group CEO Rich Paul said the talks have been productive and will continue.

New Story: LeBron James and the Lakers discussed their future together on Thursday. Rich Paul, the CEO of Klutch Sports Group, told ESPN the talks had been “productive,”

An extension could see the 18-time All-Star potentially retiring with the franchise. Bronny James had intentions of playing with his son before retiring and could wear a Lakers jersey. If that hasn’t happened, analyst Freddie Coleman said it’s imperative that James adjust to being a “complementary piece” as he moves away from the Lakers.

Coleman said if James leaves the Lakers to play with his son, there will be some caveats.

“LeBron James has to get used to this,” said Coleman. “If you move away from the Los Angeles Lakers, wherever you go, that doesn’t mean they’re going to move heaven and earth for you. They need to go and be a complementary piece, although they’re still great.

“You don’t have to worry about that with the Lakers. You’re still the Los Angeles guy. But if you want to move out of LA, you want to be part of a recovery program. You want to play for your son. There will be some caveats you’ll have to deal with: One of those caveats is, wherever you go, you’re not going to be the 38, 39, 40 year old guy.

“If you’re that guy, it doesn’t mean the basketball team is good to contend for a championship no matter how great LeBron is. That’s something he might need to take care of.”

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Freddie Coleman believes LeBron James’ ego will not allow him as a supplemental player

LA Lakers' LeBron James at the Footprint Center on April 5 in Phoenix, Arizona
LA Lakers’ LeBron James at the Footprint Center on April 5 in Phoenix, Arizona

At 37, LeBron James continues to be a key player for his team and in this light could carry on until his retirement from the league. He is reportedly planning to extend his contract with the Lakers as he is eligible for a two-year deal worth $97.1 million.

Responding to whether James can settle for a free role within the franchise if he leaves, analyst Freddie Coleman thinks not. He said the four-time NBA champion might not be able to handle it.

“I wonder if LeBron James, as powerful as he still is, will have enough ego to handle it if that’s going to be the case when he wants to move out of Los Angeles,” Coleman said.

Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein “If you are that guy that doesn’t mean the basketball team is any good”

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