Jim Jackson: Lakers Need To Win, Not Panic

It's early, but LeBron James and the Lakers aren't off to a great start

Reiter Than You
October 23, 2018 - 7:39 pm

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The LeBron James era in Los Angeles isn’t off to a great start, as the Lakers are 0-3 after losing to the Trail Blazers, Rockets and Spurs.

What’s going on in Laker Land?

“This Laker team has to deal with a couple different things: the aura, the spotlight, the expectations of having a LeBron James on your team,” FS1 NBA analyst Jim Jackson said on Reiter Than You. “The intensity moves up because now people are coming at you a lot different than the previous couple years because of LeBron – so you got to bring it every night.”

Indeed, and after five losing seasons, it appears the Lakers have a lot to learn.

“Teams looked at them as being young, inexperienced and not having the ability to win games when it mattered,” Jackson said. “You had that the last couple of years. Now you have a LeBron James. The intensity is brought up – I don’t care who you play – each and every night.”

Last season, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball were team leaders. This season, they are followers in every sense of the word.

“The roles have been redefined with a LeBron James, also with a Lance Stephenson, also with a Rondo, so they’re going through that adjustment period,” Jackson said. “It’s never easy when you bring in those dynamics and reshape how you’re going to play. You have different personalities, guys with different aspects of their game, so they got to figure out ways to fit in. It’s a lot of dynamics, a lot of moving parts that are going on that affect how you win games, but more importantly, how you lose games.”

Unfortunately for James, the West is a lot tougher than the East. While it’s still early, he doesn’t want to fall too far behind the competition.

“With the East, you had room to make up and get back in the hunt,” Jackson said. “In the West, if you get too far behind, that puts you behind the 8-ball. You don’t want to be the 8-seed and have to open up with a Golden State in that first round. Is it time to panic? No, but it’s hard to compare the two. In the East, LeBron is able to get his way back in there by winning games. In the West, it’s a little bit tougher and more of a challenge because of the conference.”