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Podcast: Is this the most motivated LeBron James has been as a Laker?

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LeBron James always has a lot riding on any season, but is this season with the Lakers particularly significant?

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LeBron James has once again been personally offended by the monsters at ESPN. They joined the ranks of those cowards at NBA2K who wronged him only yesterday. Honestly, when can The King catch a break?

This week in “The Lakers Lounge,” Harrison and I rank the motivating factors behind James’ season as he embarks arguably the most important campaign he’s had to this point in his time as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Everything from what this season will mean to him as a pseudo general manager, to chasing Michael Jordan, and personally making me look like (even more of) a buffoon is covered, with a couple surprises along the way.

We also discussed how unoriginal all this feels, as this exercise can be traced back more than a decade to when ESPN’s NBA Rank was created in large part to piss of Lakers fans with their thoughts on Kobe Bryant near the end of his career.

I joke, but honestly, this does feel like the first season where, heading in, there is legitimate doubt about where LeBron ranks among his peers, even if we all acknowledge it’s among the absolute elite. We’re all rooting you on, Washed King.

Finally, to wrap up the show, Harrison and I discussed the Star Wars and Marvel extended universes, and how both entities have fared in expanding their stories to the TV screen.

You can listen to the full episode below, and to make sure you never miss a show, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.