A sports writer’s analysis on LeBron James

Throughout the 2017 basketball season, fans and sports analysts were plagued with one question: What would be in store for LeBron James at the end of the season? James’ history indicated that he was not solely devoted to his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, because he had left the team earlier in his career.
Sports enthusiasts spent the season debating whether or not he would move to a different team. Ultimately, he decided to leave Cleveland and join the Los Angeles Lakers.
James has been a major name in basketball for years. In 2003, he was drafted out of high school by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick of the draft. He spent the first seven years of his career in Cleveland, where his team was knocked out of the playoffs year after year.
After being knocked out for the fifth year in a row with a loss to the Boston Celtics, he entered free agency at the end of the 2009-2010 season.
On July 8, 2010, James declared that he would be playing in South Beach for the Miami Heat. There, he joined his talents with two other superstars from the 2003 draft, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The team made the playoffs every year that he was in Miami, winning two championships in four years and making the Miami Heat a force to be reckoned with.
However, after a loss in the finals to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013-2014 season, James decided to leave Miami. In 2014, he took his talents back to Cleveland to join Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Since then, James and the Cavaliers have made it to the finals every year.
In last season’s finals, James and the Cavaliers were defeated by a sweep from the Golden State Warriors. James’ contract expired at the end of the season, and he had previously declared that he would become a free agent after the playoffs, regardless of whether his team won or not. Many fans and analysts assumed that he would not leave his team, but Cleveland’s less-than-stellar season record may have influenced his ultimate decision to leave. At the beginning of the season, the Cavaliers were the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the championship, but once the season was underway, sports enthusiasts began to doubt these prospects. This led to an overhaul of the roster at the All-Star break.
The overhaul of the Cavalier’s roster did not live up to the hype. Although they made it to the championship, they were utterly defeated by the Warriors. LeBron simply did not have the support he needed from his team to win the championship, and this may have contributed to his decision to move to a new team.
There was no shortage of teams pursuing James. The top contenders were the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers.
Shortly after the championship, when asked about the possibility of moving to Houston, James stated that he did not like the city, which ruled out the Rockets. He did not comment on the 76ers, but a few weeks into free agency, he announced his decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $154 million contract.
It remains to be seen whether James made a good decision by moving to Los Angeles, as he may or may not find the support he needs from his Lakers teammates. In addition, by choosing to join the Western Conference, James and the Lakers will have to defeat the Warriors in order to make it to the finals. This could prove to be a challenge, as the Warriors have added yet another all-star player, DeMarcus Cousins, to their team.
Had James decided to join the Philadelphia 76ers, he would have played alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, who are blossoming into great basketball players. Both could have provided great support for him. This would have made the Philadelphia 76ers a three-headed juggernaut that would have been a force to be reckoned with.
By joining the Lakers, James has taken a risk and has an uncertain future ahead of him. Will he lead the Lakers, who have not won a championship since 2010, to victory? Or will he be defeated again? Only time will tell.

Author: Beau Kemp

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