LeBron James is set to begin his first campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers after inking a four-year, $153 million deal in free agency back in July.
It has marked a new chapter of his career joining an entirely new situation in Los Angeles on a team that has missed the playoffs in each of the last five seasons. Despite the uncertainty around the expectation levels for next season, James voiced in a recent interview with beIN Sports that the goal to win an NBA title remains the same with the Lakers. (h/t Abhinav Kini of The International Business Journal)
“The goal is to always win a championship. That is the goal,” James recently told beIN Sports. “But that is up there, but us as a young team and only recently coming together, we have to continue to get better every day. We have to work championship habits every day.”
“If we can do that and progress each and every day, each and every week, then we’ll give ourselves the best chance to be successful. How successful? That is the unknown but what can be known for sure is if we work our tails off and we sacrifice for one another, we play the right way then we can be a good team,” he said.
Although the addition of James certainly raises the bar for Los Angeles, there is no way of dictating how things will unfold with this new situation. There is still a big adjustment period ahead for the team with the several additions made in free agency aside from the 33-year-old.
There is also the young core that is hoping to take the next step forward in their development on the court. This will also entail them getting used to playing alongside James in order to get the most of their skill set next to him this upcoming season and beyond that.
This entire process will truly get going later this month when training camp begins as the team will get a chance to work out together to form a cohesive unit on the floor together that can help them potentially compete for an NBA title.
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