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Charles Barkley says LeBron James can’t save LA alone

LeBron James, Charles Barkley

The Los Angeles Lakers made the big splash move this offseason by luring in All-Star forward LeBron James on a four-year, $153 million deal. It has put them back on the map as possibly one of the top teams in the Western Conference, one that could potentially vie for an NBA title next season.

However, Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has made it clear, during an interview with TMZ Sports, that he doesn’t believe that James will be able to lead the team to that ultimate goal unless he gets more star power help.

“He not gonna win next year. Stop it, dude. It depends on who they bring in here. Magic has done a fantastic job. Him and Rob. LeBron is a great player, but they need to get better.”

There is much credence to what Barkley has stated as the barometer in the NBA has been the Golden State Warriors, who potentially got stronger with the addition of All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million. Regardless, if he’s able to perform up to his ability coming back from his Achilles tendon injury, his addition has only strengthened the team.

The Warriors have been able to put together a dominant four-year stretch that has seen them win three championships in four trips to the NBA Finals over that span. They already have found the formula that will help them find success on the floor with their unselfish play between their core star players that has translated to them becoming an offensive juggernaut.

That said, the Lakers could be a vastly improved team this upcoming season with James leading the charge as the front office has added several veteran players — such as Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee to the mix along with their promising young players in Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart.

All of this has the potential to be a special season where Los Angeles could become one of the more exciting teams to watch on a nightly basis.