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View Poll Results: Where will LeBron play next season?
Cleveland 11 18.64%
Philadelphia 7 11.86%
Los Angeles 23 38.98%
Houston 5 8.47%
San Antonio 6 10.17%
Other 7 11.86%
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:31 PM
 
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What does this say about LeBron legacy ?

But why join Kobe team ? The long time rival besides Jordan that he's been compared to since 2008 till now"

I bet the atmosphere in Los Angeles is split 50/50 between Kobe and LeBron fan base
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:32 PM
 
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What does this say about LeBron legacy ?

But why join Kobe team ? The long time rival besides Jordan that he's been compared to since 2008 till now"

I bet the atmosphere in Los Angeles is split 50/50 between Kobe and LeBron fan base
Ive got several Laker fans on my Facebook page and most of them are not happy with the signing because they consider him a front-runner. Time will tell but he certainly won’t be held with the same regard as the Laker legends who spent the majority of their careers in purple & gold.
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:49 PM
 
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Ive got several Laker fans on my Facebook page and most of them are not happy with the signing because they consider him a front-runner. Time will tell but he certainly won’t be held with the same regard as the Laker legends who spent the majority of their careers in purple & gold.
Yes there's even been murals tore down in Los Angeles that saw a LeBron fan cover up a Kobe mural only to have a Kobe fan do the same to the LeBron mural

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usa.../amp/111182402
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Old 07-23-2018, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Ive got several Laker fans on my Facebook page and most of them are not happy with the signing because they consider him a front-runner. Time will tell but he certainly won’t be held with the same regard as the Laker legends who spent the majority of their careers in purple & gold.
I'm a Laker fan and am pretty happy we got him.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:07 AM
 
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Lebron won't steal Kobe's legacy unless he wins more championships for the Lakers than Kobe did.

I think Lebron has seen his most successful times of his career. He handled the finals sweep very badly, not to mention his beef with Trump, half of basketball fans are Trump fans.
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Old 09-13-2018, 10:16 AM
 
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Nobody is going to come in to a team and play 4-5 years, with some of those being non-prime years and somehow supplant a guy that was a Laker for almost 2 decades and a big piece if not the biggest piece of multiple championships.

Also, Vegas has the Lakers at close to a coin flip to make the playoffs and Lebron isn't getting any younger. They also have an extremely tough GS team blocking even getting to the finals.

Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if Lebron has played in his last finals....but time will tell.
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Old 09-13-2018, 11:11 AM
 
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Nobody is going to come in to a team and play 4-5 years, with some of those being non-prime years and somehow supplant a guy that was a Laker for almost 2 decades and a big piece if not the biggest piece of multiple championships.

Also, Vegas has the Lakers at close to a coin flip to make the playoffs and Lebron isn't getting any younger. They also have an extremely tough GS team blocking even getting to the finals.

Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if Lebron has played in his last finals....but time will tell.
Not this coming season, but if they bring in guys like Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, KD or even Ben Simmons in 2020, the dynamic changes for the best in the west. Many believe Davis will be a Laker before the end of the up-coming season.
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Old 09-13-2018, 02:47 PM
 
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Lebron won't steal Kobe's legacy unless he wins more championships for the Lakers than Kobe did.

I think Lebron has seen his most successful times of his career. He handled the finals sweep very badly, not to mention his beef with Trump, half of basketball fans are Trump fans.
LBJ has probably seen his career's peaks, but the Lakers have flexibility to make big moves in the next season or so.

You are deluding yourself if you think half of basketball fans are Trump fans. Basketball fandom is much younger and more diverse than baseball and even football. And to be fair, Trump started it by refusing to invite the NBA champs to the White House--departing from the Office's record of inviting sporting champions, including that of his own Administration for other sports. LBJ is one of the sport's biggest stars and a representative of the player's association. It would be odd if he didn't comment.

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Not this coming season, but if they bring in guys like Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, KD or even Ben Simmons in 2020, the dynamic changes for the best in the west. Many believe Davis will be a Laker before the end of the up-coming season.
Ben Simmons is basically impossible. He'll be a RFA and Philadelphia will match his max. KD is virtually impossible. His 1+1 was as clear an indication as possible that he plans to sign a long term deal with the Warriors once they have his full bird rights--and it's virtually impossible to imagine him leaving if the Warriors complete their 3-peat this year.

AD & Kawhi would be huge gets, of course. Kawhi, though, has an inside lane to the Finals this year, and may appreciate the prospect of being the biggest player in the Eastern Conference this year. AD's future remains unclear. But he is 2 full years from free agency. The Pels have only $54M in committed salary for AD's free agency, a number which includes AD's player option. When he opts out, Jrue Holiday at $27M is the only current player under contract. LA's situation will be more challenging. They are currently have $69M in salary that year, most of that LBJ & Lonzo Ball. Assuming they don't sign anyone next offseason, they could bring in a max star and re-sign Ingram, by my reckoning. But LeBron will be turning 37 that year. Age hits all players eventually.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:11 PM
 
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LBJ has probably seen his career's peaks, but the Lakers have flexibility to make big moves in the next season or so.

You are deluding yourself if you think half of basketball fans are Trump fans. Basketball fandom is much younger and more diverse than baseball and even football. And to be fair, Trump started it by refusing to invite the NBA champs to the White House--departing from the Office's record of inviting sporting champions, including that of his own Administration for other sports. LBJ is one of the sport's biggest stars and a representative of the player's association. It would be odd if he didn't comment.



Ben Simmons is basically impossible. He'll be a RFA and Philadelphia will match his max. KD is virtually impossible. His 1+1 was as clear an indication as possible that he plans to sign a long term deal with the Warriors once they have his full bird rights--and it's virtually impossible to imagine him leaving if the Warriors complete their 3-peat this year.

AD & Kawhi would be huge gets, of course. Kawhi, though, has an inside lane to the Finals this year, and may appreciate the prospect of being the biggest player in the Eastern Conference this year. AD's future remains unclear. But he is 2 full years from free agency. The Pels have only $54M in committed salary for AD's free agency, a number which includes AD's player option. When he opts out, Jrue Holiday at $27M is the only current player under contract. LA's situation will be more challenging. They are currently have $69M in salary that year, most of that LBJ & Lonzo Ball. Assuming they don't sign anyone next offseason, they could bring in a max star and re-sign Ingram, by my reckoning. But LeBron will be turning 37 that year. Age hits all players eventually.
It's never cool for an athlete to get political or try and hype about giving back or acting like a victim when he makes millions of dollars. NFL lost so much money with their political nonsense that even Papa John's pizza felt the effect. NBA could do the same if they don't check their athletes.
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Old 09-14-2018, 11:08 AM
 
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Not this coming season, but if they bring in guys like Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, KD or even Ben Simmons in 2020, the dynamic changes for the best in the west. Many believe Davis will be a Laker before the end of the up-coming season.
Yeah, if they manage to bring in a few top 10 NBA players then they'll be much more likely to make the finals but you can say that about a lot of teams. So it's rather much of a pie in the sky type wishful thinking than anything real.

Lastly, Lebron turns 34 by the end of the year.

Anyone that is older has seen all of the greats, including guys that have kept themselves in phenomenal shape as well like Jordan and Kobe....start to decline around then which can be accelerated by injury.

In another 2 years, there is almost no chance he'll still be "prime Lebron". In four more years at age 38?

For example, Kobe Retired just before turning 38. after turning 35 he only played 107 or so more games and they were nowhere near his prior level of performance.

Not casting shade on Lebron nor the Lakers, he should add a lot of wins and we'll see what the season brings. I love Magic Johnson and what he's doing there.

That being said, people just waving their hands and magically having the Lakers *poof* past that GS team for example in just 2-3 years? Sorry but that's a ginormous leap for a team that hasn't even made the playoffs yet.
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