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Lakers GM Rob Pelinka claims LeBron James is ‘locked in even more’

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Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka believes superstar LeBron James is “locked in even more.”

Last season, James missed the playoffs for the first time since his second year in the league. As a result, LeBron is hungry to get back to the postseason and remind everyone he’s still the best player in the world.

In his first season with the Lakers, James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 55 games while shooting 51.0 percent from the floor, 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free-throw line.

The Lakers probably make the playoffs last season if LeBron doesn’t suffer a groin injury against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 25. James was sidelined for 17 consecutive games. The Lakers went 6-11 during that stretch and fell out of the playoff picture.

It was a successful offseason for LeBron and the Lakers. The Purple and Gold acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, giving James the second superstar he needs to compete for a championship. James has effectively been resting since April, so he’s going to be fresh during the 2019-20 regular season.

Like Lakers head coach Frank Vogel says, that’s great news for LA and bad news for the rest of the league.