I imagine you already know where I am going with this, Kyrie is in Boston and skipped on Lebron James who will be a free-agent this coming summer. I am no Laker fan so I am not on the Lebron to the Lakers bandwagon but Lebron to the Lakers might happen for business reasons. Lebron might never catch Jordan in titles but he could do something Jordan never accomplished which is win a title with 3 different franchises, and imagine Lebron can chase Kareem’s scoring record in a Laker uniform? Loads of NBA fans will be watching to see if he can indeed break the all-time scoring record.
The thought of Lebron in a Laker uniform is kind of awkward I guess since when I think of the Lakers I automatically think of Kobe Bryant who spent his entire career in a Laker uniform and won 5 titles in a Laker uniform. And if I don’t think of Kobe I think of Magic and how he jolted the Lakers with his flare and unmatched unselfishness and won a title his very first season as a rookie and ended up becoming a legend dominating the 80’s and bringing the NBA to astronomical heights in his epic rivalry with Celtic legend Larry Bird. Lebron is 33 and shows no signs of slowing down, sure he has lost the surreal athleticism he had when he was younger but he’s still got the power,speed, and court-vision to be elite for another 3-4 years possibly even 5 depending on how his next coach manages his minutes.
Assuming Danny Ainge keeps Kyrie Irving in a Boston uniform for the long haul, which I am sure he will since Kyrie Irving is a once in a life-time guard and can pretty much do everything on the basketball floor as a guard and he is being coached by Brad Stevens who is a basketball mastermind and student of arguably the greatest coach ever Gregg Popovich. From the looks of it the Celtics look prime to compete for the next 10 years and have the makings of the NBA’s version of the New England Patriots, they have young players who are primed to be all-stars for years to come in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and have Gordon Hayward under contract for 3 more years after this first one. Maybe they swing a trade for Anthony Davis in the future who knows, either way they still have an insanely bright future and are primed to take over the East for years to come.
Scoping Lebron James’s career I can see what stage he is in, he has said he no longer feels like he has to prove anything else on the basketball floor so that tells me he is no longer feeling the pressure to win titles like he did before joining the Miami Heat. He was never able to win a title in Cleveland in his first stint, a lot of fans felt they never really put that necessary all-star beside him to get over the hump so he went to Miami to pursue championships with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh 2010. He went on to win 2 titles in 4 seasons in Miami and opted out of his contract in Miami after losing to the Spurs 2014 and going back to Cleveland where he would pull off a historic comeback against the record breaking 73 win Warriors 2016 coming back from a 3-1 deficit and bringing Cleveland the title he always promised them.
Now we sit in late January and the Cleveland Cavaliers currently sit 3rd in the East, there is a lot of drama going on with the team and it does not seem like Cleveland management is looking to move their prized Brooklyn pick which they acquired in the deal which sent Kyrie Irving to Boston. The Cavaliers certainly do have the talent to win it all this season, it just seems far-fetched for them to win the Finals with teams like the Golden State Warriors,Houston Rockets,Oklahoma City Thunder,San Antonio Spurs, and Boston Celtics looking like teams with a lot less locker-room tension and there are no egos clashing on any of those teams. The Cavaliers need to fix their defense which allowed a whopping 148 points in a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder a week ago. Isaiah Thomas will be a free agent, so will Lebron James so a lot is in question and Lebron is trying to stay as mute as possible for the rest of the season.
Enough about the Cavaliers though, ultimately you can never count them out but I just don’t see how they win a championship this season if they don’t move the Brooklyn pick and bring in a difference maker on defense like Marc Gasol or Deandre Jordan who can help anchor the paint which neither Tristan or Kevin can do at the moment. Ultimately expect Lebron to take an early exit this season to not add on another Finals loss to his record, I mean do we really expect him to carry this team to the Finals and get demolished in the Finals, this Cavaliers team is not beating the Warriors,Rockets,Spurs, or Thunder in a playoff series I am sorry Cleveland fans.
So what are Lebron’s options? Spurs? Personally I believe that would be the best choice and would impress me to see Lebron sacrifice his stats and choosing to actually be coached under Popovich who is a head strong coach who does not allow one significant player to dominate the basketball. If Lebron could buy into playing in Popovich’s system I am sure Gregg would stretch out his career 5-6 years and help him win another 2-3 titles but can we really see Lebron doing that?
Rockets? This would probably be the most logical move for Lebron, Mike D’Antoni allows his players to do as they please on the offensive end pretty much and Lebron will pile up points and assists playing alongside superstars James Harden and Chris Paul who are both unselfish and will get him his touches. Then again James and Chris are ball dominant guards and we all know how much Lebron loves to be in control of the offense so how would that sit with Harden and Paul in the long run? Plus they would have to lose a lot of their depth to bring reel in Lebron so would it be worth it? Probably not.
Sixers? He can stay in the East and have an easier road to the Finals and play alongside Joel Embiid who will arguably be the best center in the game for the next 10 years barring injury and Ben Simmons who is a Lebron clone a jump-shot away from becoming a top 10 player in the NBA. Lebron is all about business though, is Philadelphia a big enough market where Lebron can boost his marketability to new heights? I doubt it, basketball wise it is a phenomenal fit though.
That leaves us with the Los Angeles Lakers, the most historic franchise in the NBA unless you want to make a case for the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. The Lakers have not seen the playoffs in 5-6 years, they boast a media magnet in #2 pick Lonzo Ball who admires Lebron as a basketball player. They have young up and coming talent in Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram, two players who might take an enormous leap next season. Kuzma,Ingram, and Ball with a full off-season will become more then above average 3 point shooters, Lebron loves having 3 point snipers out on the floor to drive and kick to. Paul George is rumored to end up signing with the Lakers in the off-season(I expect him to re-sign with OKC though), regardless the Lakers possess the young talent to help Lebron play another 4-5 years and he won’t have to carry the load since Kuzma,Ingram, and Ball will get better and better every season. The question is will Lebron buy into playing in Luke Walton’s system, or will the Lakers move on from Walton and hire one of Lebron’s former coaches in Miami David Fizdale? Lebron seems primed to sign with the Lakers and compete against Kyrie Irving over the next 4-5 years, it’s all about the money at the end of the day and Lakers-Celtics means revenue.