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LeBron James: Lakers NEEDED LeBron for one reason – former NBA star | Other | Sport

That’s the view of former Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks star Baron Davis, who was twice an NBA All-Star.

LeBron joined the Lakers in the offseason having opted out of the final year of his contract with Cleveland Cavaliers.

He left Ohio having helped the Cavs to four successive NBA Finals, winning one while losing three to, all to the Golden State Warriors.

LeBron became the oldest player at the Lakers at 33 before 36-year-old Tyson Chandler joined during the season.

The likes of Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram are in their early NBA career and are all in their early twenties.

And Davis believes Lakers needed LeBron to be a leader and take the brunt of any attention.

“Outside of LeBron, the Lakers have talent,” Davis told the Rich Eisen Show.

“They’ve been getting better over the last few years, you look at Brandon Ingram, Kuzma from last year to this year, even Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart – all those guys have improved and they have the talent to compete.

“They needed someone like LeBron to come in and really blend that leadership.

“And he can be the person to take the brunt of the force for everything.

“They have someone to take, accept, initiate, deflect all of the attention and distractions and he’s built for that.

“This allows these guys to really get better.”

Rapper Ice Cube jokingly revealed this week that LeBron James decided to join the Lakers after spending the day in LA with himself and James Corden filming Carpool Karaoke.

“That’s the day he decided that he was going to be a Laker,” Ice Cube said on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

“He had so much fun.

“He thought ‘Man, I’m out here in LA with Cube and James, it’s going down, I got to be here’.

“We brought LeBron to LA.”

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