By COLE ARCHER
Well, LeBron James is a Los Angeles Laker and it doesn’t seem to TRULY surprise many. It’s a big-name guy on a big-name team and that is what all the signs were pointing to with Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron all teaming up. Oh, or…not. At least they got Demarcus Cousins. Oh, he went to the warriors? Well, who do they actually even have? Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to name a few. So they obviously have a lot of great shooters. Yes, that is sarcasm (it is hard to write, but it is pretty obvious).
Is this team any better than Cleveland? Honestly, they are so comparable that is strangely not even worth debating. Even the Cavaliers had an all-star in Love to claim. This L.A. team is still not good. They have young talent, but these players are no guarantees and with the Lakers missing out on George, Cousins, and Leonard for now, what is there to prove that they can win in the West?
Let’s say that the Lakers are equal to last year’s Cavs. That is a Cavs team that played two seven-game series in the east with one being in the first round! As long as Golden State can keep four of their starting five, there is not a snowball’s chance in hell that the Lakers could beat them. The Thunder are rolling into the season amped up with George returning so it is hard to believe that they won’t improve and find more chemistry this season. The Rockets are a team that was one game away of beating the super team Golden State, which went on to beat the eastern conference Lakers in four.
LeBron’s move can mean multiple things. He could have a lot of faith in the Lakers’ chances of getting superstars down the road even though it would have to be in the next couple of years because LeBron is not getting any younger. This move could also be a testament to how incompetent Cleveland is as a franchise. LeBron was willing to leave his home team to play for a roster filled with unproven 22-year-olds.
While I am sure LeBron would love to win, this move had to have been made for the business opportunities, the big market, and the potential, because I really do not see the argument over Philly or Houston if we are talking about a win-now decision.
Best of luck to you LeBron. The chances of you never seeing another finals are more likely than most people believe.
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