LeBron James pledges 'championship mindset' to upcoming free agents

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Today, Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, who is all too familiar with facing James in the postseason (his Warriors played James the last four years, winning three times), essentially emphasized that LeBron not being in the league's second season will be, well, as we've mentioned, weird (courtesy of ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk and h/t Cavaliers Nation's Jonathan Sherman).

The stakes are considerable for all, but perhaps highest for the Lakers.

We got so used to playing him in Cleveland, so when a star player changes uniforms, it always takes a little while to get used to. "I'm disappointed for him and for the Lakers".

James, who joined the Lakers previous year in a blockbuster move, meanwhile acknowledged that the clock was ticking if he wants to add to his collection of National Basketball Association titles in the twilight of his career.

The Lakers dealt with several setbacks this season as much of their roster was injured at some point during the season.

"Luke (Walton) is one of my best friends, and it's been a tough season to try to navigate", Kerr said.

"It's absolutely fair that our fans feel the way they feel, because when you are a Los Angeles Laker, and you have done the things that you've done over the course of time of being part of this organization, all the way from Minneapolis, all the way to Los Angeles, that's how it should be", James said. "He's holding up fine".

"Luke is born for this job", Kerr added. It looks like he can't even get other National Basketball Association stars to join him in a movie. "His temperament is flawless for this job and this team".

As Curry said, though, James will be able to "reset" for the 2019-20 season, and I would be shocked if he doesn't make his imprint on the postseason in the West next year.

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