Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is confident that the Purple and Gold have a good enough roster to make it all the way this upcoming season and win back-to-back NBA titles. James, who signed with the Lakers in the summer of 2018, led the Purple and Gold to their 17th NBA Championship this past season and at the same time he won his fourth NBA title with a third different team.
"We can [repeat]. I mean, it's that simple," James said on an episode of the podcast "Road Trippin'," as quoted on ESPN. "We absolutely can. ... First of all, it all starts with health. You have to have some luck.
You have to have health. If we can stay healthy." The Lakers have made some big offseason moves, signing reigning Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell and runner-up for the Sixth Man of the Year, Dennis Schroder. "We did get younger," James noted.
"We have a 27-year-old point guard [in Schroder]. We got the 27-year-old Sixth Man of the Year award [winner] in Trezz. We got younger. We got Marc, who is a Defensive Player of the Year and his IQ, not only playing against him in the NBA, but also playing against him versus Spain with the national team."
James wishes the very best to his former teammates
The Lakers have made some big offseason moves but they also lost four players from last year's roster as Dwight Howard signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, Rajon Rondo ended up with the Atlanta Hawks and JaVale McGee is now a Cleveland Cavalier.
"Being a part of a championship ballclub, no matter if you play zero minutes or you're at 30-40 minutes, that s--- all ties into one, because we all challenge each other every day," James said. Meanwhile, the Lakers decided not to offer a new contract to guard Quinn Cook.
Cook hasn't found a new home yet but James is confident that his former teammate will get another shot. "Quinn, he's a pro, he's definitely going to get a look," James said. "Hopefully back with us.
... Hopefully we may bring him back." This offseason, the Lakers also signed Marc Gasol -- the brother of Paul Gasol, who once won two NBA Championships with the late Kobe Bryant in a Purple and Gold jersey. "We'll see," James said when asked if he thought Pau Gasol could return to L.A.
"We'll see, I mean, maybe. We'll see. We'll see."