Greetings and the LeBron sweepstakes are upon us early on this summer, will the Lakers trade for Kyrie Irving and guarantee he retires a Laker this summer or LeBron seek to break Kareem’s all-time scoring record and perform one of his 2010 acts where he practically quit on the Cavaliers in the playoffs took his jersey off and left for the Heat? LeBron cares about his legacy, he has been the biggest star in the NBA since the late 2000’s and continues to be till this day so would he really decide to sign somewhere when we look back years from now we won’t even remember? Like Michael Jordan’s stint in Washington? Absolutely not, we’ll remember he signed with the Lakers started his own show The Shop and recorded Space Jam 2 along with shipping out close to every draft pick the Lakers obtained in the 2010’s for Anthony Davis and won a championship for them.
We don’t even remember he once played with Wade in Miami and won back to back titles there, what we do remember is him he scored the last 25 points against the Pistons 2007 and carried the Cavs to the Finals at the age of 22 and we also remember him taking down the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals anchoring a 3-1 comeback on the 73 win team. LeBron was attracted by Kyrie’s skill level and them holding a 1st round pick which allowed them to acquire sharp-shooter Kevin Love. LeBron was gearing up to face the Spurs the 2015 Finals, with Wade and Bosh’s shooting woes the 2014 Finals LeBron figured he needed 3 point specialists who could kill if LeBron was swarmed the way he was against the Spurs. This time around LeBron will likely join Darius Garland and Evan Mobley who aren’t the polished all-stars Wade,Bosh,Kyrie,and Love were but certainly two young players capable of being top 5 at their respective positions.
I look at Darius Garland and I just see a guard who could be an elite shot-maker and he is a pure-point guard while at it. Watching him score 40+ points and dish out 10+ assists in a game this past season really showed me the type of potential Garland possesses. Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry even complimented the young guard preaching Darius has the makings of a perennial all-star, I would definitely agree as Steph has played against the young Cavs guard and sees a bit of himself in him. Darius Garland is practically Damian Lillard just more of a hybrid version being that Lillard is more of a pure scorer with Garland being both a pure scorer and floor general. Evan Mobley on the other hand has aspirations of being on the level of Giannis Antetokoumpo which was a statement he made which immidiately caught my eye and although he may never reach Giannis heights I’d bet on him being one of the best 2 way players in the game over the next few years.
Anyone who followed the Cavs last season would see they were one of he better defensive teams in the league, it seemed like they were holding opposing teams below 95 points most nights which for these days is out of this world impresssive with all the spacing and amount of talent the NBA has now. Evan Mobley had a injury plagued rookie season but when he did suit up for the Cavaliers he and Jarrett Allen seemed like former twin towers Tim Duncan and David Robinson who helped the Spurs win championships 1999 and 2003 with elite rim-protection. At this point in LeBron’s career it’s vital for him to play on a team which can perform without him on the floor, Darius,Evan, and Jarrett proved that this past season and they’ll likely make the playoffs this coming season get bounced in the 1st round or 2nd round and LeBron joining would be the missing ingredient for a championship.
I understand Darius Garland feels the Cavaliers could do something special without LeBron and he wants to rewrite his own chapter with the franchise but unless Isaac Okoro becomes Kawhi Leonard I don’t see a title for them. Besides LeBron will likely be a Cavalier max 2 seasons and Darius will have plenty of time to carve out his own legacy in Cleveland, why not suit up with arguably the best player to ever do it and compete for a championship or 2? Maybe he believes LeBron will ship him and Mobley the same way he did Lonzo and Ingram? Who knows but watching how successful Jimmy Butler and Chris Paul have been joining teams with young cores LeBron should learn from his mistakes and grow with young stars Garland and Mobley. The Cavs have once again gave LeBron reasong to consider a return, just like Jordan I’m sure LeBron wants a perfect storybook ending and no place will provide that more than Cleveland, till next time.