Lakers news: Kobe Bryant says LeBron James ‘wants to get a championship’ for Los Angeles

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James

The former Lakers great has voiced that he believes James has eyes on bringing another NBA title to the franchise.

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The Los Angeles Lakers made the big splash move with the acquisition of All-Star forward LeBron James agreeing to a four-year, $154 million deal. that brought forth plenty of excitement around the franchise.

In response to that move, future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant has welcome James with open arms since the decision was announced. During an interview on Monday afternoon on ESPN, Bryant made it clear that James is focusing on bringing another NBA title to the franchise. 

“We all rallied around each other to try to help our organization be successful. So I think Bron certainly understands the pressure, certainly understands the level of expectations,” Bryant said Monday on ESPN2.

“He wants to get a championship back to the city of Los Angeles, and we’re all here to help him do that.”

The Lakers have begun to shape the roster around James with the additions of a few veterans in Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, and Lance Stephenson so far through the first two days of free agency. Los Angeles is expected to be drastically improved next season with the 33-year-old now leading the charge in their revamped roster that will likely have a few more roster acquisitions ahead either through free agency or the trade market.

Although the Lakers have missed the playoffs in five straight years for the longest postseason drought in team history. Despite that being the case, his presence automatic pushes a huge amount of expectations of what he brings to the table as he has been to eight straight NBA Finals and is still playing some of the best basketball of his illustrious career. 

Nonetheless, this has created a tremendous buzz around the organization has been lacking for quite some time that will likely see them not only back in the playoff but relevancy in the league. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.


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