Did LeBron James go into Zero Dark Thirty-23 mode without telling anyone?
It’s almost an impossible realization, but LeBron James has sorta, kinda, flown under the radar this offseason — especially by his standards. The biggest Lakers headlines after their early exit in the playoffs have mostly revolved around the acquisition of Russell Westbrook, filling out the team with several veterans, and most recently, landing a new jersey sponsor.
Well, also Carmelo Anthony pointing out the hilariously obvious (James’ annoyance at people noting how old the team he put together is), but beyond that, there has been almost nothing particularly noteworthy regarding someone who almost literally can’t avoid headlines.
Beyond a few tweets and public appearances, James has been mostly incognito. Despite this, James will enter what will be arguably one of his most fascinating seasons to date as the combination of inching closer to 40, and playing with a slew of new players — Westbrook in particular — will likely require adjustments. Change is not a foreign concept for James, but it still will be one the more interesting dynamics to keep tabs on as the season progresses, which brings us to today’s episode.
On this week’s edition of Talk-O-Tuesday, our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla continue the site’s player preview series as they discuss James’ upcoming year, and what version of him we might see. The Alex’s also touch on James’ MVP odds, and what Westbrook’s arrival may mean for that likelihood specifically.
And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.