LeBron James’ former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate richard jefferson has warned Jeanie Buss that her expectations for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2022-23 might be a tad too high.

Buss recently dropped a staunch criticism of the Lakers after their failed bid to make the playoffs. The team owner said she is “growing impatient just because we had the fourth-highest payroll in the league.” With that said, Buss expects results come next campaign as they try to rebuild the roster quickly this offseason and make key tweaks that will hopefully catapult them to championship contention.

However, Jefferson expressed belief that there is no way the Lakers can quickly turn things around. He highlighted that unlike the first time they missed the playoffs with LeBron–back in 2018-19 when James had a lengthy absence due to injury–they won’t have an Anthony Davos-type of player coming in to help them.


For the ex-NBA player, the chemistry issue is already a problem for the team. Now, they are facing a tougher task of fixing the roster with the severely limited options they have.

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“This mix of whatever it is, is probably not going to lead to a conference finals berth. … You need a lot more than just a new coach,” Jefferson said.

Of course it is still too early to say what will happen to the Lakers. They can probably work on a trade that could land them a want-away superstar, which would then improve their chances of competing for the title.

However, as Richard Jefferson said it, the prospects are not looking good for LeBron James, Jeanie Buss and the Purple and Gold.