The finals sucked. I know it, you know it and anyone who isn’t a Warriors bandwagoning fan knows it. Truly, an awful series that showed just how bad Kevin Durant’s decision to go to Golden State was for the league. But how soon did everyone move on from that? Even before the series was over.
What that did was put all the attention on #LeBronWatch, which matters to the general NBA community more than celebrating the championship team’s accomplishment. Where will the King go? It’s the question everyone has asked before and is asking again this summer.
Thankfully, LeBron did not have to decide where he was going to play the night Game 4 ended, or I’m sure he wanted to get the hell out of Cleveland.
A decent amount of time has passed and everyone including LeBron has been given time to decompress about the disastrous finals, take a vacation and spend time with his family. But it’s not like we expected the Cavs to beat the Warriors. The finals were a failure simply due to our lack of talent.
At first, I thought LeBron would go to Houston. But that just doesn’t add up. Him and CP3 are buddies, sure, but James Harden needs the ball all the time and they’d see Golden State before the finals and probably still lose.
Then, I thought maybe a dream team would be formed in LA? But Kawhi Leonard isn’t getting traded to a Western Conference team, Paul George would have to sign there and they all wouldn’t be able to get max contracts. Plus, a horrific supporting cast awaits.
Philly? Does LeBron want to be a babysitter and get smoked by either Boston or Golden State the rest of his career?
Boston? Not sure it even makes sense for them to destroy their core for LeBron.
Is Cleveland the perfect situation? Even if the team trades for Kawhi Leonard or picks a star, we aren’t beating Golden State. But LeBron’s book has already been written. He won and he won in Cleveland back in 2016 just over two years ago, making good on his promise.
He has little to prove.
So why stir up the pot, put immense pressure on yourself just to win a meaningless championship(s) with a stacked team? It makes no sense.
I think it took all of us a few weeks to figure it out, but I would be extremely surprised if LeBron chose to leave Cleveland not because our roster is anything special, but the potential legacy risks it has on him. Additionally, there’s the fact that he’s from here, his family is settled here, he’s a living legend in Cleveland and it’s just…easy. All of the talking points we’ve been pointing to for weeks.
Play a few more years, ride off into the sunset the best there ever was to play and then after your career is over go make movies or own a team. The nice thing about being an athlete is you have half your life left or more to do other things after retirement.
LeBron would be wise to sign a five-year extension in Cleveland. Maybe we could get a few stars and compete for a championship, but even if we never win again I’ll be satisfied.
As time goes on, it just makes more sense for LeBron to stay. But of course he’s going to milk it out; he’s LeBron.