Miami Heat's Playoff Exit Will Lead LeBron James To The Los Angeles Lakers

By Luis Tirado Jr.
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Superstar LeBron James has some decisions to make within the next few weeks. For the past few months, many have questioned what exactly will transpire at the end of this season in regards to whether the Miami Heat player will stay or leave. Whether or not Miami can win the Heat’s third NBA championship will absolutely determine if James will flirt with the idea of leaving the team to start a new chapter in his career.

Which team would entice him the most should the Heat have an early exit from the NBA Playoffs? Surely, a team in need of talent to help rebuild their franchise due to poor seasons and too many injuries. Enter the Los Angeles Lakers.

To say that the Lakers would like to forget about this season is an understatement. 2013-14 has been an unmitigated disaster for one of the most dominating franchises in all of sports. They need to forget about this season once it’s over and focus on rebuilding. Things will get better considering that next season, a healthy Bryant will erase all the bad memories that occurred this year.

The Lakers would provide James a very unique and interesting situation. James has never had an opportunity to play on the West coast, and there is no bigger team out there than the Lakers. The Heat are slowly diminishing in skill and efficiency, and one wonders how long the three-headed beast they created can stay healthy and make the Heat the team to beat in the East.

If this season is any indication, the Heat are in a severe decline. An early exit in the playoffs isn’t so far-fetched because they aren’t firing on all cylinders, and it shows on the court.

If the Heat get eliminated, especially early on, expect to see James toy with the idea of jumping ship. With an opportunity to play with one of his close friends in Bryant, the duo would provide much entertainment. It would also put the franchise back under the winning spotlight.

Most importantly, Bryant really only has a year or two left before he decides to finally call it quits. It’s a great situation for James to be in as he can become the new face of the Lakers once Bryant retires. It’s safe to say that both Bryant and James will be future members of the NBA Hall of Fame.

James could learn even more from Bryant before he retires and effectively get the torch passed to him from the Black Mamba himself. What better endorsement than from Bryant himself? Winning solves everything and if James starts to turn the Lakers around, he will earn the respect of many fans.

It’s not going to be easy to become the new face of the Lakers, but if one player can handle it, it’s LeBron James.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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