It didn't just happen, but man is my mind kind of blow with this one.
I still can't believe Lebron really went to L.A. Reverse Shaq over here, Miami THEN LA. I know they were a front runner all along...obviously--they just signed the guy, but I really didn't think this would happen?
I mean I get it, if you look at it how any human would in a regular job setting,.,, it's Cleveland vs. Los fucking Angeles, baby. It's a no brainer.
But other than that, if I'm Lebron I stay in Cleveland.
I know Cleveland's roster is sort in disarray currently, but I feel like it's the ultimate spot for him to be since he's basically the judge, jury and executioner in Cleveland. He ran that organization and city. As now Cleveland is almost immedaitely in a recession now that Lebron is taking his talents to Rodeo Drive. Please make sure to read that correctly as "Ro-day-o".
The Lakers are the Lakers and historically don't have "long" runs of futility, plus adding Lebron immediately adds like 20 wins, they're expected to make another splash, but then what you're the 4th best team in the West? At this point is it really about setting up for life after basketball?
It's a conversation that has been beaten to death but being in the East has given Lebron pretty much a cake-walk to the Finals for 8 straight seasons. I guess he really is just that worried about his father Jayson Tatum and former running mate Kyrie Irving taking over the conference? Better to lose to the Rockets in the 2nd round then get swept by your biggest rivals just as they are getting back to the mountain top?
That really was the final highlight of the season as things quickly went south when that should've been a seminal moment in NBA history had the baby-faced Celtics been able to fight back to win game 7 at home.
But seriously other than the whole living in LA aspect which granted is a giant one. At this point in his career is huge. Space Jam 2 is coming out, much like Tom Brady the end is much closer than the beginning at this point so I guess it's like he's going to retire in LA before his career dies? Like when your Grandparents move to Florida. Still wouldn't rule out a final season or two return to Cleveland to be with "loved" ones before his career goes into the metaphorical cemetery.
Personally I'm kind of bummed to see Lebron head west. My relationship with Lebron is complex. I went from hating everything about him, like El Pres level trolling/hate in the Celtics hayday, really until he went back to Cleveland. The romantic in me wants him to stay in Cleveland where he is literally all that city has. It's kind of unfair for him to be so directly connected to his hometown team. Like if Joe Mauer had left the Twins when he was still elite would half of the sports world hate him for it?
As a Celtics fan I really wanted to beat him in the ECF this year man, they fucking should've done it. The youth just finally caught up to them. It really was such a surprising, incredible season, so many what could've beens, but as of now the future looks bright.
The obvious story line is that of a potential Celtics-Lakers Kyrie vs. Lebron Finals which would be all time sports television, I just don't know how possible it could really be this season? The west is stacked. This stat is so stupid it made me laugh. The only active players in the Eastern conference who have finished in the top 5 in the MVP voting before are Blake Griffin and mother fucking Joakim Noah.
INSTANT MID BLOG NEWS BRAKE: MY HEART IS BROKEN INTO A MILLION AND NINE PIECES NOT RAJON.
Lebron and Rondo WHAT THE FUCK?!?!
Maybe they will win the West?
I'll end with this what do you think constitutes a successful LA run for Lebron? If he doesn't make a Finals with the Lakers how does that impact his legacy? Could he somehow win multiple championships in LA? Who knows? I love the NBA off season almost more than the actual games themselves.
I can't believe Lebron already played four full seasons/four full NBA seasons have happened since he came back to Cleveland, it really does not feel like it's been that long. This is sooooo much different from the Decision. I feel like Cavs fans knew it was coming and just happy he came back and gave them a title. That 2016 Title for the Cavs kind of gives Lebron a pass to do whatever he wants. He still at the end of the day was held back by the incompetence of Dan Gilbert, who now without comic sans has a much different mindset on King James.
Cav fans aren't burning jerseys this time.......they're buying them.
This just made me laugh...skeeeerrt.