Magic Johnson believes Lakers team chemistry with LeBron James may take two months

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Earlier this week, LeBron James officially signed his four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, which was a big step towards this team capturing their first NBA title since 2010.

The Lakers also added Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee to their already impressive young core of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Now, with possibly a few more pieces, the work can begin for LeBron and company towards bringing an NBA title to the Lakers for the first time since 2010, but Magic Johnson wants the fans to keep realistic expectations.

Two months

While the Lakers' president of basketball operations is very confident about the pieces added around James, he believes it will take 'probably closer to two months' for the new signings to learn how to play alongside the young core.

Magic said, via ESPN: "I think one thing that we have to, and the fans have to be patient about, is the chemistry on the court.

"Because we're putting together, basically all these guys will be new to each other, playing with each other, right?

"So it's probably going to take us at least a month or two, probably closer to two months to really understand how to play with each other and how to feed each other, all those things.


"We saw that LeBron and Miami struggled for the first two months or so when he was in Miami, then they finally got together and they were a championship-caliber team.

"And I'm sure when he went back to Cleveland in the beginning, they struggled until they got to know each other and then they were a championship-caliber team.

"It will be no different here: We'll struggle to understand how to play with each other and where everybody likes the ball and those types of things, but eventually we'll get it together and I feel we'll be one of the best teams in the West."

Great things always take time to create, but Lakers fans will know that the quicker this team clicks together, the sooner they'll have a real chance of dethroning the Golden State Warriors and capturing an NBA title for the first time in years.

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