As the NBA season heads toward the playoffs, one thing that's been made abundantly clear is that we are about to witness, for the first time in a long time, the NBA playoffs without LeBron James. His streak comes to an end in a dysfunctional fashion. The writing was on the wall when the seemingly indestructible James was injured and unable to play 18 games and unfortunately his team was unable to carry the load. It didn't help when those current players were also having their names run through the rumor mill for potential trades. The blame game has been the narrative of this team with people pointing fingers at inadequate players, poor coaching, bad ownership, or the general manager making poor moves.
Ben Maller makes the case that you really can't point the finger at the president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson because much of the decisions he made were at the orders of LeBron James. If you question why the Lakers would toss aside talents like Julius Randle and Brook Lopez, look no further than LeBron who wanted, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, and Michael Beasley.