Magic Johnson: Lakers’ rebuilding plan at ‘whole nother level’ with LeBron James

Magic Johnson says LeBron James’ arrival has taken the Los Angeles Lakers’ three-year rebuilding plan to a whole nother level and that the team plans to remain disciplined and maintain salary-cap space to pursue another max free agent next summer.
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The Lakers’ president of basketball operations said the team’s rebuilding timetable remains on track to take another significant step next season.

That’s why you have guys that are superstars in this league. You want to have a line of communication and want to Chris Kunitz Jersey know what they’re thinking. LeBron, we’ve done that with the guys we brought in. He’s done an excellent job of giving us great feedback. We will continue to do that. The ultimate decision maker on the team and who we bring in is me. I take that to [Lakers president] Jeanie [Buss] and see what she says and whether she signs off or not.

While Johnson is very confident about the pieces added around James, he did say that it could take probably closer to two months for James, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee to learn how to play alongside Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — a core that went 35-47 last season.

While those are very different circumstances, Burton doesn’t feel like he’s in a totally unfamiliar situation. During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday, Burton said that he sees things in the Bears that remind him of where the Eagles were heading into last season.

There are a ton of similarities, Burton said. You look at Philly two years ago, the majority of our games we lost by less than a touchdown. If you look at Chicago last year as well, there’s a good amount of games that they lost. It’s just getting over that hump. You gotta be able to win the close games and here’s so many small detail things that happen in order for you to lose those games.

The Bears lost six games by eight points or less last season while finishing last in the NFC North and the Eagles had six such losses Authentic Von Miller Jersey while finishing last in the NFC East in 2016. They also have a quarterback drafted second overall in Mitchell Trubisky to go with Carson Wentz in Philly and the hope in Chicago is that Trubisky can make a similar jump to the one Wentz took before getting hurt in 2017.