When LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, it was natural to wonder how the team’s young core would fit in around him.
Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart are all at the very least rotational players and have proven they belong in the league. However, an adjustment to playing off a player like James was inevitable given how much he dominates the ball.
So far during the 2018-2019 NBA season, results have been positive as each young player has developed some chemistry with the 33-year-old. The Lakers are above .500 and look to be hitting their stride past the first quarter of the season.
James reflected on his young teammates and mentioned they are still getting better together, according to Lakers:
“I think we are just getting better every game. Every game is a learning experience for us. It’s just fun to win. We learn from our mistakes when we lose and we learn from our mistakes when we win. We know what is winning basketball for us, which is defending and sharing the ball.”
While the signs have been mostly positive, there are times during games where it is clear James is still learning how to play with his new teammates. However, the unforced turnovers and missed defensive assignments are coming far less in between now than they did during the beginning of the season.
The chemistry between James and the young core is paramount for the team’s success. Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, and Hart all complement James’ style of play in their own way and should continue to see the bulk of their minutes with him.
Even with reports that the Lakers could be looking to add a star player through trade sooner rather than later, the purple and gold are still in the midst of playing their best basketball. If the young core proves they are the best fit for James, then perhaps the front office will just stick to the plan of luring a superstar in 2019 free agency.