John Stockton, a Utah Jazz legend, expressed his disapproval of how LeBron James, the star player for the Los Angeles Lakers, handles team matters.
Stockton recently voiced his perspective on James’ approach to team management within the Lakers.
It seems that Stockton’s sentiments revolve around the frequent changes that James-led teams experience mid-season, often with James playing a central role in orchestrating these transactions.
Stockton stated, “It would be frustrating as a teammate to know that you could be replaced for one of his preferred players that he feels the need to play with,” during an interview with DNP-CD Sports.
I don’t know for sure that he is, but it’d be maddening as a teammate to know that you can be expendable for one of his guys that he thinks he needs to play with. The iffiness it causes with the team, the iffiness that it causes upstairs.”
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A notable example of this occurred in 2019 when James and the Lakers traded away a significant portion of their young talent to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.
On the other hand, in 2018, when James was with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team took a different approach.
During that year’s trade deadline, the Cavaliers chose to trade away older players in exchange for fresh and youthful talent.
While the constant changes might potentially have a negative impact on players mentally, they have undeniably resulted in impressive outcomes.
James has won four NBA titles and appeared in an incredible eight consecutive NBA Finals from 2011 to 2018.
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