House: "There's No Bosh Or Wade" On Lakers

Looking for similarities between LeBron's first teams in Los Angeles and Miami? Well, there aren't any, Eddie House says

Reiter Than You
March 05, 2019 - 7:17 am
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LeBron James plays every season to win an NBA championship, but the Lakers (30-34) are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the sixth straight year

Still, this is James’ first team in L.A. Are there any similarities between this team and LeBron’s first team in Miami – the one that started 9-8 but ultimately reached the NBA Finals before losing to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks?

“No, there’s no similarities,” former NBA player Eddie House said on Reiter Than You. “If you look at the team that was assembled there, even though we fell short of the goal, it was a veteran team, a bunch of winners on that team, guys that had been in the league and seen everything. Then bringing those three together – LeBron, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh – there’s no Bosh or Wade on that team.”

House, who won an NBA title with Boston in 2008, played with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and, of course, James, among other all-time greats during his career. He knows what those types of players look like.

And the Lakers don’t have any outside of James.

“I’m not saying some of those guys can’t end up being those guys,” House said. “I’m just saying as of right now in their career, they’re not ready for that. This is all the making of it, though. This is when you’re going to see guys – either they’re going to take that step forward and start moving in the direction that is going to be conducive to the Lakers and LeBron winning, or they’re not going to not be a part of it moving forward.”

Once 17-10, the Lakers are 13-24 since Dec. 11. James leads the Lakers in scoring (27.0 points per game), rebounds (8.7) and assists (8.0) but hasn’t gotten consistent play from his younger teammates.

“It’s a good learning experience, but (there’s no comparison) at all to that (2010-11 Heat) team,” House said. “You’re taking about a team that had veterans, that had played in some big games, had championship pedigree on that team, as well as a coach that had been around some championships. It’s different. Luke Walton has been around it, but it’s just different. A total different dynamic.”