Lakers GM Rob Pelinka: With LeBron signing and ‘tough’ roster, sights are set on NBA title

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — As he strolled toward the podium setup at the Los Angeles Lakers’ swanky practice facility, general manager Rob Pelinka clutched a book beneath his arm.

It was not just any book, though. It was not a coincidence.

To Pelinka, “The Alchemist,” written by author Paulo Coehlo, symbolized a convergence of things and people, which was why he was speaking on this day.

LeBron James signed on the dotted line Monday, finalizing a transition to the next stage of his life with a four-year, $154 million deal. With his signing, the Lakers’ front office entered the next stage in the franchise’s progression.

James’ decision was a culmination of decisions made by the Lakers, by Pelinka and by president of basketball operations Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Now, those decisions — as well as a supporting cast of “tough” teammates — have cleared the way for what has always been the ultimate goal.

“We play for one thing in Los Angeles,” Pelinka said with six Larry O’Brien trophies glistening in the backdrop. “We play for NBA titles.”

To the tough teammates point, Pelinka understood why many

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