By Kyle Kluis
The Los Angeles Lakers have been out of the playoff chase for a couple of weeks now and the team has decided that sitting LeBron James for the rest of the season is the best course of action.
Obviously, this season has been nothing short of disastrous for the Purple and Gold, arguably the most storied, and most scrutinized team in the NBA. Expectations were sky high with many, including myself, predicting that they had the talent to be a 2 seed at best and a 5 or 6 seed at absolute worst. Instead, the team sits much lower on the totem pole at the 10 seed with a 35-42 record. To be fair, injuries absolutely decimated this team and many coaching/personnel decisions were questionable at best. Maybe next year, with a full season of LeBron, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and a marquee free agent signing, this team can reach its full potential.
Regardless, with LeBron’s first season coming to a close, its fair to question if LeBron was better off the court than he was on it.
It was no secret that LeBron’s choice to go to LA had significant ties to Hollywood and it’s safe to say that he’s made the most of his first season in the City of Stars. In just this year alone LeBron has had a hand in a few different entertainment ventures, such as being an Executive Producer on “Rap or Go to the League”, which is the latest album from rap artist 2 Chainz. In addition to music, he’s gotten involved with television by hosting and executive producing his new show, “The Shop” on HBO in which he recruited some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, such as Anthony Davis, Antonio Brown, Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx, Odell Beckham Jr., Jon Stewart and Alvin Kamara amongst others. Most recently he was named executive producer of the new CBS competition show, “Million Dollar Mile” which is being hosted by former college football sensation Tim Tebow.
For the future, in what could be potentially be his biggest splash in entertainment yet, he will be starring in Space Jam 2, which is being produced by “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler. With the film scheduled to start shooting this summer, James will be plenty busy trying to balance the mind boggling expectations associated with his basketball career with the Lakers and kick starting a post-basketball career in entertainment.
Considering the microscope he’s been under his entire career, I’m sure he’ll be just fine.