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With the signing of LeBron James, the city of Los Angeles has now become the center of the sports universe. Not only does the city now claim the world’s best basketball player, it also has quality teams across all three major sports and a mix of interesting storylines and superstars. It is conceivable that in the coming years, LA will celebrate several championships across multiple sports, which will would solidify it as America's best sports city and change the way LA sports are perceived.
Considering the fact that LeBron has only missed the postseason twice in his fifteen-year career, his presence nearly guarantees the Lakers their first playoff berth since the 2013 season. While it might be unrealistic to expect a championship in year one with the current roster, it is likely that they will sign another quality free agent next summer and become title contenders for the foreseeable future. To go along with LeBron and their expected on-court success, all eyes will be on the Lakers due to their fascinating young players such as Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram, who have all shown flashes of greatness in their brief careers. Adding Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson is another interesting side story because they will be the roots of a roster full of polarizing players with volatile personalities. There will be no shortage of drama, and it will be interesting to see how this mix of emerging stars and veterans will materialize in the coming years.
The Dodgers are coming off their first World Series appearance since 1988. While they came up one game short of a title, they have been one of the premier organizations in the National League for the past several years. The Dodgers are once again in contention for another NL West title this year, which would be their sixth straight. Like the Lakers, they have plenty of star power of their own, as they are led by 3x Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and a collection of young players including Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig and Corey Seager. Through their track record of developing young players and their commitment to analytics, the Dodgers have maintained a system that should be sustainable. Their recent success combined with their rich history have also made them one of the most attended teams in MLB annually and one of the biggest entertainment attractions in Los Angeles.
The NFL’s return to LA has been one of the biggest sports stories over the past few years. Not only is the city now home to the most popular sport in America, but both teams are built for success in the short term and long term.
The Rams enter this season attempting to defend their NFC West division title, which was their first since 2003. The hiring of Head Coach Sean McVay has elevated the play of QB Jared Goff and MVP candidate running back Todd Gurley, who headlines one of the most exciting offenses in the league. On defense, they upgraded by signing Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, who are Pro Bowl caliber players and will join an already solid defense. With both sides of the ball loaded with talent, the Rams head into next season as a trendy Super Bowl favorite. In just two years since moving to LA, they have constructed a team that should be consistent playoff contenders for years to come. The Rams may have the brightest future of all the LA teams and should be one of the most exciting teams in the league by the time they move into their new stadium.
The Chargers also have a loaded roster, led by one of the league’s best QBs, Phillip Rivers. Similar to the Rams, the Chargers also have solid defensive personnel comprised of recent draft picks Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. The Chargers will likely open the season as the favorites in the AFC West and will be one of the league’s most complete teams. For reasons not completely understood, LA has been reluctant to embrace the Chargers, but winning at a high level will help develop a new fan base and erase the stigma that the Chargers don’t belong in LA.
The expectations for LA sports are at an all-time high, and rightfully so considering the talent and commitment to winning that each of these organizations has shown. While the outcomes on the field and court are uncertain, it is undeniable that all eyes will be on the City of Angels as it embarks on its next championship quest.