Now that LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are an NBA Final loss away from “greatness”, seeing how Stephen Curry will then have as many championship rings as “The King”, James is now looking at ditching yet another team for one HE considers a potential winner.
The Boston Celtics may fly under the radar for the potential LeBron James sweepstakes, but they will be strong candidates. LeBron has reportedly decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, and will consider a number of teams in free agency, including Boston.
There are a few problems with LeBron joining the Celtics. First and foremost, there’s Kyrie Irving. Not only is Irving consuming a great deal of cap space, but he also left the Cavaliers to get away from LeBron. So if the Celtics wanted to land LeBron, then they’d need to trade Irving, which would kill two birds with one stone. Irving’s contract doesn’t have a no-trade clause, which would make life easy for the Celtics.
Here’s the problem….
LeBron would be the leader. Brad Stevens has never coached a star like LeBron — there’s no one in the world like LeBron. He’s emotional and, at times, a diva. He has made a habit of commandeering timeout discussions. He’s not just the alpha male on the Cavaliers but for the entire NBA. Stevens wouldn’t have to do much figuring in terms of acclimating LeBron to his system, but adjusting the superstar into Boston’s locker room would be more complicated.
— The Big Lead, 6/7/18
The Boston Celtics (led by Brad Stevens who was passed over for Coach of the Year), has done more through the first-game-of-the-season loss of Gordon Hayward and near-the-end-of-the-season loss of Kyrie Irving in getting the team within a game of the 2018 NBA Finals than anyone could have imagined. The team appears to have an evied chemistry of rookie talent and veterans. Their locker room appears to be on the same page with Stevens and harmonious.
Kyrie Irving has been nothing less than a selfless, class act in his short tenure in Boston and there’s no reason to jettison him for the poison that’s always been LeBron James.
WHY bring in “The King” and risk happen wherever he’s been: leave a team in shambles, and let’s not leave out the very recent words of King James when it comes to the concept of team “loyalty”.
When a player gets traded, it’s (the team) was doing what’s best for the franchise. But when a player decides to leave, it’s, he’s not loyal. He’s a snake. He’s not committed. It’s just, that’s the narrative of how it goes. So I’m definitely… I know that firsthand.
— LeBron James on Blake Griffin, 1/30/18
Yes, he does.
Let’s be real. LeBron is not loyal. He’s a snake. He’s not committed. He seeks out teams with a very good potential of winning and then infects with his legendary toxicity. Granted, all players hope for a winning situation but LeBron takes over. He steamrolls coaches, forces teams to bring in players that complement HIM, and should that team fails to win, he escapes and leaves them damaged.
But ultimately, the decision is not up to Celtics fans but we will have to live with the decision… win and lose.