Lakers Rookie Shocks LeBron James

Rookie Kyle Knecht Joins Lakers Lineup.

by Nouman Rasool
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Lakers Rookie Shocks LeBron James
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The Los Angeles Lakers had one of the most memorable moments in 2024 NBA Draft lore, landing Bronny James in Round 2. An even bigger moment occurred when the next selection, going No. 17 overall, helped added to midfielder Dalton Knecht's illustrious career in Tennessee.

This move has without a doubt created immense buzz, particularly for one of LA's veteran stars in LeBron James. It is far from a stretch to say LeBron, the NBA's all-time leading scorer at 36 years old and playing in his 19th season this fall, said he would be ecstatic with that development.

But it was only the beginning of his excitement. Which made the acquisition of Knecht, whom LeBron loved watching play throughout his college career at Western Michigan University, even more thrilling. Dalton was, besides Bronny, my favorite college hoops player.

“I didn't think he would go 17 at all," LeBron said. "I’m glad he did." There was surprise surrounding Knecht's draft position because many mock drafts had him going in the top-10. And when Knecht was still on the board as the first round neared its final pick, even LeBron couldn't believe it.

Lakers' Rookie Revolution

The Lakers, and LeBron James are most definitely set to take advantage of this abstract formality in draft. Hoope will be joined in the lineup by Kyle Knecht for his rookie season with new team where expectation are sky-high He is expected to inject sorely needed changes and could help turn around the Lakers with his debut campaign.

The prospect of just what Knecht could do to help the Lakers has fans and analysts excited. The rookie is under major pressure to come through on the professional stage, as he enters a league with LeBron's seal of approval after an illustrious college career.

Knecht canmake the Lakers competitive this season and help in easing of some pressure off their most cherished draft talent.

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