NBA Rumors: LeBron James Has 'More Power' Over The Lakers Than Kobe Bryant Ever Did

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Ernesto Cova

The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the most disappointing teams in the NBA this season. Not only have they failed to live up to the hype on the court but also, there are reports of discontent within the organization.

Apparently, LeBron James isn't happy with Rob Pelinka's passivity leading to the trade deadline, and he's made everybody around the league know that with passive-aggressive remarks.

LeBron Is The Most Powerful Man On The Lakers

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Recently, Bill Oram of The Athletic reported that James has kept the Lakers in a headlock, going as far as to state that he's now more powerful than Kobe Bryant ever was:

"As important as Bryant was to the Lakers, sources inside the organization have long said that not even the legendary Black Mamba wielded as much power within the organization as James now has," reported Oram.

LeBron's Future Is Uncertain

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Most people predicted that Los Angeles was going to be James' final stop in the NBA. Now, that doesn't seem like a certain thing anymore:

"That illusion of permanence has now been shattered, thanks not only to a series of passive-aggressive missives from James that make it clear he was frustrated by the Lakers inaction at the trade deadline, but also, in a conversation with The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, entertaining the prospect of returning to Cleveland and explicitly stating his final year will be spent playing alongside his son — wherever that may be," Oram added.

A War Could Be Brewing In L.A.

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James' leverage and Rich Paul's influence could take a toll on the organization's decision-making. Per Oram, both parties are slowly starting to grow apart and this could be the beginning of a war:

"James and agent Rich Paul long grabbed hold of the Lakers organization and are now beginning to really squeeze," Oram added. "The situation is tense enough that one source close to the Lakers likened it to the early days of a war."

LeBron Could Force His Way Out

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No one really knows what's on LeBron's mind other than he's not happy with how the Lakers dealt with their roster this season. Now, he could try and force his way out in the summer:

"It’s impossible to know where all of this leads. James has the leverage to force a trade out of Los Angeles this summer, if that’s something he is interested in," the report explained. "He clearly has no great loyalty to Pelinka, the man who pushed the Lakers chips in to acquire James’ chosen co-star, Anthony Davis."

Rob Pelinka Has The Team's Support

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As much as James would want things to go his way, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss is reportedly on Pelinka's side, which is why a change in the front office seems unlikely at this point:

"Pelinka has the unwavering support of Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and is firmly entrenched as a pillar of the club’s four-pronged brain trust alongside Buss and the power couple of Kurt and Linda Rambis," wrote NBA insider Marc Stein.

Ironically, it was LeBron the one who pushed Pelinka to trade for Russell Westbrook and sign multiple veterans. Now that it backfired, the GM is getting all the blame.

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