Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and now Lebron James. The Los Angeles Lakers is a storied program, with legendary players throughout their history. But now, they have the King. After signing a four-year, $154 million contract, Lebron James is looking to add his name to the hall-of-famers that have been a part of this incredible franchise. After winning seven out of their last ten games, and sitting as the four seed in the West, the Lakers are hoping to make a serious playoff run for the first time since their championship season in 2010. However, Lebron is going to need some help if the Lakers can get to where they want to be, and last Saturday, he did. Emerging second year player Lonzo Ball and James both dropped triple-doubles in a 128-100 win against the Charlotte Hornets. This feat has not been done in Lakers history since Magic Johnson and Kareem-Abdul Jabbar in 1982, when the team was nicknamed “Showtime”. Johnson and Jabbar brought five championships in a span of nine years to the Lakers. Now, as general manager of the Lakers, Magic Johnson would like to revive his iconic Lakers team. He has clearly taken a step in the right direction by signing the best player in the world in Lebron James. James and Ball combined for 40 points, 22 rebounds and 21 assists last night. If this young Laker team can continue that type of play, they will certainly be headed for the playoffs and maybe even another championship. However, in a game against the Washington Wizards last night, Los Angeles was blown out 128-110, behind John Wall’s 40-point performance. The Lakers will look to bounce back when they travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets this tuesday. The Showtime Lakers are one of the greatest teams in NBA history and it is very hard to recreate that type of success. But if anyone can remake such an historic team, it is Lebron James. James has three championships in his career, two with the Heat, and one with the Cavaliers. He is hoping to put another ring on his finger, and a 17th championship banner, to hang from the ceiling of the Staples Center.

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Jason Mazer is a sophomore at Millburn High School. He is a frequent sports commentator on our live streams, and he also shares his podcast, "Sports Talk" with Emory Kaplan.