LeBron James has had an illustrious career made up of poster dunks, buzzer beaters and quite applauding attacking skills, something Manchester United star Marcus Rashford would love to learn from the legend himself. The star-studded Los Angeles Lakers team that failed to make the playoffs has been and continues to be one of the biggest talking points in and around the NBA world. With one of the all-time greats, Lebron James himself, and two future Hall of Famers in Anthony Davis and newly traded Russell Westbrook, the Lakers looked scary on paper, not so much on the court.
Lebron had a stressful season with people asking him over and over again as the Lakers underperformed drastically. They started the season poorly and didn’t seem to take games seriously until after the All-Star break. In general, the players seemed to lack urgency, with all the injuries they never found a rhythm.
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“It’s literally the goal to be successful over a long period of time.” – Lebron James sits down with Marcus Rashford to discuss team culture in sport
James has been in the league for almost two decades. He’s seen the ups and downs of various franchises and he knows what it takes to win championships. LeBron believes that a “culture of losing” will always prevent teams from being successful. He added that the caliber of the player or coach can only take the team so far.
In the last episode of ‘The store‘ James had star striker Marcus Rashford of European football club Manchester United and actor Daniel Kaluuya alongside his regular cast when they discussed the importance of ‘culture’ in an organisation. Soccer star Marcus Rashford spoke about the demise of Manchester United and how things went haywire after influential Sir Alex Ferguson figure left the club. James agreed that culture can make or break a team.
Both James and Rashford are the stars of historically gigantic teams, and both Lakers and United haven’t come close to living up to their reputations in quite some time. Manchester United are going through a mess, as are the Lakers. The Red Devils from England failed to qualify for the Champions League this season after a horrendous season far below expectations, even if the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo was signed, among others. This led to the conclusion of the importance of culture and traditions in a team.
“Definitely culture first and then when you can combine that with the talent and the right pieces, it’s literally the gateway to being successful over a long period of time. You can have people who come from different clubs and different teams, and they’ve played basketball for years only to lose. You can coach Jordan, Shaq, Allen Iverson, Jesus Christ, they’re going to lose. It’s literally like the culture.” James explained it, and very well. Cultural change doesn’t need a plethora of superstars, it just takes someone like him and the organization’s intent to become a winning team, championships are on the way.
The Lakers had a drastically poor record of 33-49, walking away from what has been a nightmare season requires many steps to get back on track. As LeBron prepares for the upcoming season, the team needs to give him more reinforcements to bring back the Lakers legacy. This talk of culture needing to be restored to the Lakers is something Lebron can convey. This is how the NBA community reacted to the meeting between Marcus Rashford and Lebron James.
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https://firstsportz.com/nba-news-nba-twitter-reacts-to-lebron-james-taking-about-winning-mentality-with-marcus-rashford/ ‘All Manchester United needs is a winning culture’ NBA Twitter reacts to LeBron James discussing ‘winning mentality’ with Marcus Rashford