Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Advice for LeBron James in free agency: Go win titles everywhere you can

Today the following quote about LeBron James' upcoming free agency became a minor news story in NBA circles:

"This time is going to be different, if LeBron decides to look at other options it won't just be teams with cap space. He has 30 options if he wants them."

ESPN attributes it to "a source close to James."  I don't for one second believe this actually has any bearing on anything, but it does bring to mind something that I have been meaning to write about.  Here's my suggestion for LeBron:

Want to prove without a shadow of a doubt that you're the best player in the world?  And make your case for rivaling Jordan as the greatest of all-time?  Rather than whining about how you could score as much as Kevin Durant if you shot as often as he did, here's what you can do to silence all of your critics.  People like me who relish the fact that you couldn't get the job done in Cleveland and had to team up with two other superstars to win a title in Miami will have nothing left to say.

Embrace the role of villain.  Become an assassin for hire.  For the remainder of your career sign nothing but one year contracts.  Win as many titles in as many places as you can.  Pick a moderately talented team and go play there next season.  Maybe see if you can snag a championship with Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker, and Gerald Henderson in Charlotte.  If that doesn't work you can join James Harden and Dwight Howard in Houston in 2015, I'm sure you guys would get it done there.

After that you could try playing with Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka in OKC in 2016.  Keep doing this until you retire.  You might have to get paid a lot less money than you're accustomed to, but who cares?  You're already a bazillionaire and can stay that way from your endorsements alone; and wouldn't it be worth it to have complete control over the balance of power in the NBA year in and year out?

And who knows LeBron, I'd probably even do a 180 and welcome you to Boston with open arms for a 2017-2018 Celtics title run alongside Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger, and Andrew Wiggins.

Thanks and credit to fellow Celtics Life writer @Mike_Dyer13 for putting this idea in my head.

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