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Just three days after Lebron James announced that he would be opting out of the final year of his contract with the Lakers and hitting the free agency market, the King has reportedly signed on to join the LA Lakers. News of the signing broke by multiple sports outlets this evening. The sports agency that represents James reportedly put out a press release and the news took off like a wildfire. James’ team reportedly met with the 76ers just this afternoon. The meeting was likely just a formality as James had likely made up his mind to play in LA next season awhile ago. With James going to LA and Paul George resigning with the Thunder, the only big news left in NBA free agency is where will Kawhi Leonard land? I expect we will find out shortly. I expect the Lakers to be making a move to grab another big free agent signing. I’m pretty sure Lebron didn’t go to LA just to have to carry another team full of misfits and undesirables. He could’ve stayed in Cleveland if he wanted to do that again.
Multiple sports news outlets have reported that Lebron James will not pick up the player option on the final year of his contract, and will become an unrestricted free agent. Leaving one big question left to be answered. Where will Lebron James take his talents next season?
NBA free agency doesn’t officially begin until, 12:01 am est on Sunday. I believe Lebron James won’t need to wait until Sunday to decide what team he wants to sign with. I believe Lebron made that decision as he was leaving the court after the final game of the NBA finals earlier this month. He just hasn’t informed us of his decision yet.
According to NBA analyst and “experts”, the three hot spots for a King’s landing are Philly, LA, and Houston. I’ve heard places like San Antonio mentioned vaguely. It’s been reported that James has multiple houses in LA and has already enrolled his kids in schools in the Los Angeles area. To me, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to play for the Lakers, it might just mean he’s eyeing a team on the West Coast. I do believe James relocating his fam to LA does take the 76ers completely out of the equation. BUT, I do believe Bron’s interest in LA opens a lane for the 2nd biggest free agent on the market to want to take a long look at Philly before he decides where he wants to play next season. No, I’m not talking about Kawhi. I’m talking about Paul George. And if he does decide to go to Philly, the rest of the Eastern Conference better beware. Philly will become a serious force in the East. But, however this all plays out, one thing is certain, this is going to be a very interesting off-season!
At some point it starts to go beyond having a team’s number. I think we’ve arrived at that point. The Cleveland Cavs are in the Raptors head. Lebron James and crew are taking up residence in the heads of every Raptors player and are not even paying them rent.
In a game that Toronto lead all the way through until overtime arrived, LBJ and crew found a way to pull out a victory on the Raptors home court. It would be hard for me to say that the Raptors choked, or that the team didn’t play well. They got a solid 22 points out of Demar Derozan, 18 and 10 assist from Kyle Lowry, and 21 points to go along with 21 boards from big man, Jonas Valanciunas. On paper, this seems like a game that the Raptors should have won. They had solid games from their two stars, led the ball game most of the way through, and had a rocking hometown crowd behind their backs. All of that still wasn’t enough to help the Raptors defeat Cleveland last night. Too much “Playoff Bron.” Lebron James was a shining star once again last night as he dropped a triple double (26pts. 13 ast. 11reb). This time he got some help from the rest of the squad. 20 points from J.R. Smith, 19 from Kyle Korver, and 14 points and 12 boards from Tristan Thompson. TRISTAN THOMPSON? Where the f*ck did he come from?? Getting caught cheating on his baby momma Khloe may have been the best thing to ever happen to him! I know we’re only 1 game in, but Toronto is in trouble already. Losing that game on their home-court was big. Especially since that was a game that they were looking like they were going to win. The Raptors just can’t shake that fear….or dread of facing Lebron James and Cleveland. At times that uncertainty showed last night. Unless the Raptors find a way to get rid of the thought that “we just can’t beat the Cavs” out of their heads, Toronto doesn’t stand a chance in this series. Check out some of the highlights from last night’s game below:
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Hate him or love him, it’s starting to get harder and harder to deny Lebron James’ nickname “King James.” The King added another amazing performance to his always growing legacy in a game 7 against the Indiana Pacers yesterday. Led by Victor Oladipo, the Pacers seemed to be in a prime position to dethrone the Cavs as the beast of the East. Lebron would have none of it on this day, on his way to a 45 point, 9 rebound, 7 assist, 4 steal performance. Bron was great, I have to admit. But there were a lot of “iffy” calls that went against the Pacers, and Bron and the Cavs’ way. Especially down the stretch. But, complaining is for complainers. The fact remains, Bron and the Cavs got it done when it mattered and now move on to the 2nd round to face a scrappy Toronto team with a chip on their shoulders. Check out some of the highlights from LBJ’s big game yesterday below:
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