Former West Virginia University point guard Darryl “Truck” Bryant spoke with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson for a Bovada Sports segment on the current state of LeBron James and his 5-11 Los Angeles Lakers.
“Honestly, I just thought they were a lot better. I mean you finally got well. You admitted LeBron, what – he’s not getting any younger. But this is a conversation that I talk to a lot of people about because I get along well with a lot of NBA players. And they always told me, ‘It’s always about consistency, brother.’ Whoever has been the most consistent in the NBA, that’s what we usually think of as the best player. I mean, if you look at it, LeBron has done this the longest and most consistently to play at a high level, but it just keeps getting better to the point where I don’t think they’ll even be contenders.”
Robinson repeated his feelings. “To be honest, the Lakers don’t owe anyone anything in this LeBron era.” The Lakers won a title in their first season with James and Davis in 2019-20. The subsequent 2020-21 team has been more competitive than their seventh-place seed suggests and the club’s brain trust essentially blew up their squad to surpass their best Russell Westbrook. But at the end of the day, LA won a championship again, and it had to do it at least once, with James and Davis on its list.
We should point out that LeBron James is the worst team in the plus-minus division for Los Angeles at -61 and has already missed five of the Lakers’ 16 games this season with a left adductor strain. He doesn’t play defense and has shied away from the edge as he’s aged.
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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that LeBron James is actually worse than, say, Kendrick Nunn just because his plus-minus is worse. Besides that, Anthony Davis is looking like the best player in the Lakers right now, really for the first time since he’s been in LA. So this writer wouldn’t just argue that James isn’t the best player in the league anymore (nor was he). at least three seasons), he is no longer the best player in your own team.
This Lakers club is struggling without James despite their recent success (the team is 3-2 in his absence, albeit against generally weaker competition). The team may need to make a trade to return to play-in chasing.
After retiring from WVU in 2012, Bryant went overseas to start his pro career. He has played for clubs in Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Finland, Bulgaria, Georgia (the country) and Uruguay.