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“If you’re that guy, it doesn’t mean the basketball team is good”

LeBron James has reportedly entered into contract extension talks with LA Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. According to NBA analyst Dave McMenamin, the forward’s agent and Klutch Sports Group CEO Rich Paul said the talks have been productive and will continue.

New story: LeBron James and the Lakers discussed their future together on Thursday. Klutch Sports Group CEO Rich Paul tells ESPN the talks were “productive”

An extension could see the 18-time All-Star retire with the franchise. Having announced his intentions to play alongside his son before retiring, Bronny James could wear a Lakers jersey. If that doesn’t happen, analyst Freddie Coleman said it’s imperative that James gets used to being a “complementary piece” if he steps away from the Lakers.

Coleman said if James left the Lakers with the goal of playing with his son, there would be some caveats.

“LeBron James has to get used to something like this,” Coleman said. “If you’re going to walk away from the Los Angeles Lakers, wherever you go, that doesn’t mean they’re going to move heaven and earth for you. You’re going to have to go out there and be a complementary piece, even if you’re still big.

“You don’t have to worry about that in the Lakers. You’re still the guy in LA. But if you want to leave LA, you want to be part of a construction program. You want to play for your son. There are going to be caveats that you are going to have to deal with. One of those caveats is, wherever you go, you’re not going to be the guy at 38, 39, 40.

“If you’re that guy, that doesn’t mean the basketball team is good at competing for a championship, no matter how great LeBron is. That’s something he might have to to understand.”

Freddie Coleman thinks LeBron James’ ego won’t let him be a complementary player

“If you’re that guy, it doesn’t mean the basketball team is good”
LeBron James of the LA Lakers at the Footprint Center on April 5 in Phoenix, Arizona

At 37, LeBron James continues to be a key player for his team and could continue to do so until his retirement from the league. He is reportedly looking to extend his contract with the Lakers as he is eligible for a two-year contract worth $97.1 million.

Reacting to the question of whether or not James can settle for a complementary role within the franchise if he leaves, analyst Freddie Coleman thinks not. He said the four-time NBA champion might not be able to handle it.

“I wonder if LeBron James, as powerful as he is, will have enough ego to deal with this if he wants to leave Los Angeles,” Coleman said.

Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein

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