When the Lakers whiffed on their other two superstar targets in free agency this summer to play alongside LeBron, they went out and made some, well, interesting personnel decisions. What was supposed to be a three-headed hydra of LeBron, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George now looks more like a writhing nest of garden snakes with the occasional lizard thrown in.
LeBron and everyone else across the organization is doing their best to temper expectations and preach patience for the coming season, and oh boy, are they ever gonna need it. Because the potential for tomfoolery with this roster is off-the-charts hilarious. When all is said and done, LeBron is only gonna have one nerve left, and you can take a wild guess who’s gonna be on it (i.e. everyone).
Some of these guys are gonna drive him to the loony bin faster and more aggressively than others, which is why we’ve assembled this list of the candidates in order of most likely to do so.
5. Michael Beasley
Most of Beasley’s questionable antics are behind him these days, especially after they nearly landed him out of the league entirely. He and LeBron were also former teammates in Miami, so he already knows the score.
But we’re talking about Hollywood, where temptation lies around every corner. There’s also the danger of him cornering LeBron on the team plane and feverishly trying to explain to him his problematic theory about human brain capacity.
4. Rajon Rondo
It takes a special kind of ego to challenge the pecking order when you’re standing among the ranks of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen, all of whom have admitted they wanted to strangle him at various points during their time together in Boston. In other words, he’s not afraid to challenge the status quo, not even when it involves LeBron James.
Rondo is notorious for alienating just about everyone who comes into his orbit, but after a disastrous couple of seasons floundering around the league, he effectively rehabilitated his reputation with the Pelicans and proved that he can still thrive under the right circumstances. He and LeBron may have a history as fierce competitors, but it seems most likely that mutual respect will ultimately win out here, even if that includes a few screaming matches along the way.