There is no denying LeBron James is on the list of greatest basketball players of all time. Where he is on the list is debatable. He may end up as the greatest of all time and he may just enter the top ten and that will have to be enough. His statistics will end up placing him near the top of the argument, but sometimes people use winning as part of the argument. This article has him listed as the 2nd best and his career is not over. What if people talk more about LeBron leaving his team for another so frequently? Would it hurt his legacy any? Let’s take a look at what might be in store for LeBron next stint.
Unless you are living in a cave, you most likely know that LeBron is now a member of the storied Los Angeles Lakers. What does that mean to the other teams in the NBA? The team most effected would be the Cavs. Here is a nice article talking about a plan B for the Cavs. The oddsmakers changes were very dramatic. Clearly, they do not think much of the team without LeBron and that makes sense. However, I do not think they will be that bad. I think they will struggle at first and then they will find a groove and end up being decent with a shot of making the playoffs.
What does LeBron being a Laker mean? The first thing is will he be a bigger presence for the franchise than the legend, Magic Johnson? Will LeBron try to run the team as he reportedly did in Cleveland? I do not see LeBron being able to bully Magic. Will he be able to push around Luke Walton, his young coach? I do not think it will be the same as Cleveland and Miami, but I would not be shocked if that is what happened. First, let’s mention that the Lakers are now a playoff team with the arrival of James. Is the team good enough to compete for a title? I do not think so. The supporting cast is actually pretty decent, but they are not named Durant, Curry, Thompson, Cousins, and Green. The Lakers did sign a few decent players to one year deals. I think they will be competitive this year, but they are also building for the future. They will have a ton of cap room for players next summer(Leonard?) and their young players will have another year of seasoning under their belts. There are plenty of questions this move brings and here is a nice article covering it.
Can LeBron end up as an all time Laker great? I do not see it being possible because he only has 3-5 years left in the tank. If he managed to win a couple of titles in that span it is possible, but I do not think that will happen because of the gauntlet known as the Western Conference. The bigger thing to me is I wonder if LeBron is tarnishing his legacy by moving around so many times? I personally think he is. He will end up in LA for 4 years, Miami for 4 years, and will end up with 11 seasons as a Cav. I typically see the all time greats and also associate them with their team. Clearly, LeBron will always be a Cav in the eyes of most, but it does hurt him a little.
LeBron could end up being the greatest of all time and he certainly is in the discussion. He has won plenty of games and has been in countless Finals Series. He will end up leaving a massive legacy but how will he be viewed? He may be viewed as a trailblazer, changing teams is well within his right as a free agent. Many players fought for those rights and he is exercising the option to do so. He may also be viewed as a mercenary of sorts. Changing teams when it is best for him. I am not sure the story is complete as he has a few more great years left in the tank and I can’t wait to see what is in store for him in LA!