As the 2018-2019 season draws closer, many are eager to see how the Los Angeles Lakers are going to play with the addition of LeBron James. Adding arguably the best player in the game is going to get an enormous amount of attention. The Lakers also added some key veterans in Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley. You might look at those veterans, most of which have been on rivals teams, and think to yourself if it’s ever going to work? We’ll find out soon enough as soon as training camp and preseason starts at the end of the month. Media and fans expect the team to be better than last season where the Lakers won 35 games with half the roster being full of young talent. Projections seem to be anywhere from 40-55 wins this upcoming season. But are those realistic expectations? With any team, especially one with a bunch of new players like the Lakers, expectations shouldn’t be set too high especially at the start of the season. With new players on the squad, they still have to get used to one another and that will take some time. The young players on the team like Ball, Kuzma, Ingram, Hart have yet to play with someone like James’ caliber. I believe that the Lakers may struggle out the gate the first two months of the season. Why? Well teams are going to be gunning for the Lakers from the start and having a new squad is going to put pressure on the team. Everyone has to get used to certain tendencies and that doesn’t happen overnight. If the team can gel a little faster, then that would be tremendous. Even LeBron James struggled early when he got to Miami during the 2010-2011 season. Either the Lakers will get praised early on if they do well quickly, or they’ll get ridiculed heavily if they have a bad start. This is why patience is key with this new Lakers team. Eventually, the Lakers will find their groove I believe around December-January. It will be interesting to see how the team develops and how they will compete in a tough Western Conference.