Darvin Hamm’s offensive plan, the patience of Rob Pelinka

LOS ANGELES – It was the grand opening ceremony of one of the popular sports brands in late July.

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jenny Boss, along with former Laker greats, were in attendance at the team’s training facility to promote Buss’ series Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers, set to premiere Monday on Hulu.

It’s a 10-episode series in which Buss quelled the idea that the project wouldn’t reveal any harsh discoveries due to it being an in-house production. “We don’t color anything,” she told Yahoo Sports.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka was in attendance as a spectator. Standing beside the facility, Boss, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and film director Antoine Fuqua discussed the team’s history from being an NBA rookie to joining the league’s elite with tournaments after tournaments in such a short period.

This was the prophecy of the late Dr. Jerry Boss conceived when he bought the team in 1979.

“When he started, he wanted to take on the Boston Celtics and all the victories they had,” Boss told Yahoo Sports. “Now, with ring No. 17, we are tied to the Celtics in terms of winning [championships]. This is what he set out to do. Certainly the work is not finished yet. We have to continue this endeavor, and we will do so.”

And that’s where Pelinka turns to an active participant to help try to guide the Lakers to many victorious seasons.

LeBron James meeting

The quest to continue winning championships begins with the best player in the Lakers: LeBron James.

James and his agent Rich Paul – CEO of Klutch Sports – met with Pelinka and coach Darvin Hamm last week. The 37-year-old is approaching his 20th season in the league. It is scheduled to be extended for two years and is worth $97.1 million.

While the contract dialogue was on the table, the majority of the hour-long meeting revolved around voicing concerns, listening to strategies and opinions to make sure last season’s epic failure does not happen again, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The sources said that James was briefed on the importance of consistent competition and cohesion, noting that last season’s team did not give themselves a chance in many nights. The focus for the future Hall of Famer is to compete every night to give themselves a chance to compete for a championship.

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers begins preparations before playing the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on March 19, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James recently met with General Manager Rob Pelinka and coach Darvin Hamm to discuss the upcoming season. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The sources said Hamm agreed with James and emphasized that his main goals were to hold everyone accountable and to foster an atmosphere of selflessness. He expressed that defensive perseverance should be transmitted throughout the roster, and also warned that players would have to play new roles, and if he felt hesitant, he would not hesitate to take them out of the game, sources said.

On top of that, the Year 1 coach said one wrinkle he would apply and stick to would be to run the offense through Anthony Davis, and James agreed. The team has been encouraged by Davis’ off-season progress and believes he will be in the best shape to avoid serious injuries and take on a heavier burden.

Sources said the team is also hoping to get a 3-point corner kick percentage from Russell Westbrook next season.

As for tweaking the rosters, Pelinka made it clear that patience will be key to any potential moves the team makes, sources said. In a collaborative effort, all parties appear to be aligned with a common vision of seeing how the roster operates before pursuing any drastic moves.

Sources said James is finalizing a destination to host the team’s annual mini camp ahead of training camp, with San Diego likely to be the landing zone for Las Vegas. He hopes to build a better relationship with the teams before entering the 2022-23 season.

Consider the meeting fruitful and informative.

Pelinka made clear his feelings that he wanted James to retire from Laker and promised to provide him with all possible resources to compete for a championship each year with the organization, sources said.

The legacy continues

This is the legacy that the Buss family established: idols and nicknames.

It started with dr. Buss, and now Jenny Buss is forging her own legacy as the first owner to win an NBA title. It’s a new cast of characters from the days of Jerry West, Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson.

But the Lakers’ legacy itself lives on.

“There is a lot of Lakers history to be written, and new players and new coaches will write it,” Boss told Yahoo Sports.

LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers owner Jenny Boss hug after winning the 2020 NBA Finals over the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals at the AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers owner Jenny Boss embrace after winning the 2020 NBA Championship (Douglas B. Devils/Getty Images)

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