Friday, 22 June, 2018

LeBron James Prioritizing Family, Championship Contention In Decision

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Kristopher Love | 11 June, 2018, 05:29

James' first trip to an NBA Finals was one to forget. "They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago".

Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 to sweep the series and give LeBron his sixth NBA Finals loss. He showed up to the postgame press conference Friday with a cast on his hand.

James also could opt into the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it seems more likely than not that he will head to the open market and leave the hometown Cavs.

His next stop is unknown. They just think that you go out, and, 'Oh, LeBron, you're bigger and faster and stronger than everybody, you should drive every single time and you should dunk every single play and you should never get exhausted, never.' Like it's a video game and you went on the options and you turned down fatigue all the way to zero and injuries all the way down to zero. LeBron James is the NBA's best player and he's entering free agency and it appears that he is leaning towards leaving the Cavaliers for a better opportunity at a championship.

The Celtics, Spurs, Warriors, Clippers and Heat make up the other 5 teams in contention for LBJ, albeit unlikely they'll manage to sign him. Most people in his position probably would have done the same thing.

However, no matter what roster you put LeBron in, he's going to be one of the best players on the team.

He's still into hanging banners.

Only Wilt, whose records, statistical marvels, rings, two MVPs and the fervor which those who watched him spoke of his dominance is given consideration for a top-five spot of all-time.

One of the Warriors' mainstays remarked about the possibility of James becoming the latest star to join the club.

And he added some juice to the sales pitch. Will he go to the Sixers or go out West to Los Angeles?

James' hand was so swollen after Game 1 that the initial MRI exam didn't reveal clear results. They're the clear-cut No. 2 team in the league, and a trio of James, Chris Paul and James Harden would certainly fit the Super Team bill. The team's decision to trade All-Star guard Kyrie Irving last summer to Boston sparked a sequence of events that led to a mid-season overhaul, soured James and sent him into the playoffs with a group he carried as far as humanly possible. That is also unlikely considering how hard it would be to move the contracts on it's roster. The Cavs have the No 8 overall pick in this month's draft as an asset to perhaps package with All-Star forward Kevin Love, who could finally be moved after being the subject of trade rumours for years. James was willing to disregard the incidents with Gilbert for his hometown. This turned off James to the idea of returning to his hometown or playing for Gilbert ever again.

"Legally, he may be working for our organisation, but that's not really the case, " Gilbert said. Fast foward twenty years later, James isn't just the king on the court; he's also the single greatest force in the National Basketball Association today.