The first Los Angeles Lakers season in the new LeBron James era didn't exactly go as planned. James brought plenty of excitement and hope for a franchise that has been on the outside of the playoffs for five years. Unfortunately, injuries and other turmoil got in the way of King James ending the drought. A loss to the Brooklyn Nets a few days ago officially eliminated the Lakers from playoff contention bringing LeBron James' reaction to the news.

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LeBron's message for Lakers fans

For King James, it's his first absence from the postseason in 14 years. The latest time James wasn't in the playoffs was back in the year 2005. It's crazy to think about, as the NBA's top star has become a regular in annual playoffs basketball. LeBron James posted on his official Instagram account early on Sunday (March 24) to sum things up for what lies ahead. While it was a struggle this past season, James seems to offer a message of optimism to the Lakers' faithful fans.

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One thing about LeBron James that is certainly admirable, is his ability to bounce back from difficulties. Fans were certainly reminded this season about how James' first season as a member of the Miami Heat didn't exactly result in a championship. It took at least a season before the team developed the necessary chemistry. That said, the team also had two other All-Star caliber players in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. That could be coming this summer for Los Angeles.

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NBA draft, free agents, new coach rumors

With no playoffs in their picture, the Los Angeles Lakers will play out the remainder of their games. Some feel that maybe they need to shut LeBron down and "tank" to get a higher draft pick. After all, that could become a serious bargaining chip in their attempts to trade for a major star (hint hint, Anthony Davis). However, LeBron seems to be alternating between playing a game and resting a game.

There's also the NBA free agency period that's on the way. LeBron sent a message to free agents for the summer after a Lakers' loss to the Knicks. It's one of the most intriguing in recent times, as there will be a number of top-notch stars that could be available.

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They'll include Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, and Kemba Walker. The Lakers could get at least one of these players and possibly more depending on who or what they're willing to sacrifice.

Another consideration is a change in the coaching staff. New rumors are circulating that former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd could be a replacement for Luke Walton next season.

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Kidd could be just what the team needs for a new outlook with an improved overall roster.

Kidd was 44-38 in one season as the Nets' head coach and 139-152 in four seasons with the Bucks. He didn't exactly have a LeBron James but he did have a Giannis Antetokounmpo during his time in Milwaukee. Having Kidd calling plays for playmakers like Rajon Rondo and James could be something special for Los Angeles.

Either way, things seem like they'll only improve from here in L.A. At the very least, LeBron James is assuring the fans that better days are ahead. So sit tight and get ready for a better 2019-20 NBA season.

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