Los Angeles Lakers: 3 big possible repercussions to missing the playoffs

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LeBron’s legacy takes another hit; chances of leaving Lakers increases

Through his first four years in Los Angeles, LeBron is squarely looking at one missed playoff appearence, two first-round playoff losses (his first two of his career), and one NBA championship.

LeBron’s legacy – especially at the level of excellence in which he’s graded – is going to take a hit. Perhaps in the long-run it won’t, but at the very least his Lakers’ legacy will. And because of that, it will likely increase LeBron’s chances of leaving Los Angeles once his contract ends.

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The Lakers are in a bad spot, but this is the territory that comes with LeBron. Question is, will the potential destruction that could be left after LeBron leaves worth title chasing? Even if it is somewhat of a mirage at this point.