Lebron James is arguably the biggest name that will hit NBA free agency in 2014.
He has played for his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and is a reigning two-time champion with the Miami Heat. Now, after his third year in Miami, he may look to join a new team for a a new adventure come next year … why can’t that team be the Los Angeles Lakers?
Kobe Bryant has been around for a long time in LA. He has won five NBA titles and played in many Finals. Now, at the age of 34, he realizes that he has no more than two or three good years left in him. So we ask ourselves: why not play out his last years with another superstar?
Bryant is a shooting guard and James is a small forward. Together, they could bring back the old glory days to the city of angels and put the beautiful smiles back on the faces of the L.A. faithful. We have seen them play together for Team USA, but playing for the Lakers would be a different game entirely.
Here is one problem with the two linking up in the NBA: both want the ball to run the offense and control the tempo. Bryant shoots at will and almost always scores, whereas James will shoot as well as pass the ball to get guys around him involved. Basically, both have their specialties but will have to make sacrifices to play with another.
If LBJ does decide to join the Lakers, the team will improve tremendously and possibly make the NBA Finals during his first season there.
Will they win it? Possibly, but it would most likely be the same scenario as his first year in Miami — losing in the finals against a team with players who have gelled together. They will need time to get used to James’ game and leadership … and this certainly includes Bryant.
If Bryant wants to leave someone special to lead his team when he departs/retires, there is no better candidate than James. Therefore, he needs to do his best to recruit him in less than a year’s time.