Let’s face it y’all, LeBron James becoming a Los Angeles Laker is not going to help him win another championship this season. Hell, it won’t even help him get to the NBA Finals.
That’s because the way his new team is currently constructed, LeBron and the Lakers aren’t beating the Golden State Warriors. They aren’t beating the Houston Rockets. Hell, they may not even beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, largely due to Paul George re-signing there.
Let’s examine the 2018-2019 Laker roster for the moment:
Projected starting five
- LeBron James
- Kyle Kuzma
- Lonzo Ball
- Brandon Ingram
- JaVele McGee
- Kentavious Pope-Caldwell
- Moritz Wagner
- Lance Stephenson
- Josh Hart
- Luol Deng
- Ivica Zubac
Does that roster scream, “we gonna take our asses to the Finals”? I didn’t think so.
Look, we all knew that LeBron wasn’t going to make this decision only for basketball reasons. He said that family and lifestyle would play huge roles in his decisions. The brother has TWO houses in Los Angeles.
LeBron already made his foray into acting. He did a helluva job in “The Trainwreck”. And his business brand will only increase exponentially being in Los Angeles.
And let’s face it, while many thought LeBron’s only viable options were the Lakers and staying with the Cleveland Cavaliers, I still think he could’ve went to the Philadelphia 76ers. I originally thought that LeBron should consider the San Antonio Spurs or the Boston Celtics if he was serious about winning, the Sixers would have been the better option.
Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, and I didn’t think that Celtics general manager Danny Ainge would trade Kyrie Irving and another asset for LeBron. Philly has two future superstars in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Add a sniper in J.J. Redick, one would think Philly would challenge Boston as the team to beat in the East next season.
Simply put, LeBron would have been a perfect fit for the Sixers. Only if he was interested in winning.
But, obviously, he is not. Nothing wrong with that, but as the saying goes, “it is what it is”…