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Breaking down the Lebron Sweepstakes (Trust me, you want to read this)

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Breaking down the Lebron Sweepstakes (Trust me, you want to read this)

If Lebron decides he is leaving, here is a breakdown of his best options:

If he went to Chicago he would pretty much have the same problems as Cleveland. He would have a good pg in rose, he would have a good rebounder/hustler in noah like varejo (although noah is better offensively he won't scare teams at all at the end of the game). The thing is, lebron needs a low post scorer who can take pressure off of him in crucial situations of the game. If he is out there doing it all by himself the whole game, the defense is going to be able to stop him at the end of the game. the thing with kobe is that before he had gasol or bynum (i mean the bynum that helped the team win), he could not do it all by himself. sure he led them to all of victories and had hero moments, but as shown by the 2006 series in the 1st round vs. the suns when they led 3-1 and then lost, you can't do it without bigs. a scoring wing can lead a great team by himself, but you can't win like that. look at the past history. Other than jordan-pippen, how many wing combos have won titles? Fact is, going to chicago would not be an upgrade for lebron. Also, i don't buy this BS that the bulls can just ship luol deng to a team for a big. Oh really, you think a crappy sf with a bad contract will land you chris bosh or carlos boozer? get real thats never happening. I was laughing at the bynum for bosh proposals but this is just ludicrous. Also, don't forget that Joakim Noah and Lebron aren't exactly buddies...

Another team thats talked about is New York. Look, the only way he would go there is if he could get another star to go with him and thats not happening because all of these stars as much as they want to win a title, they have too big an ego to just go play second fiddle to lebron. Oh and theres that thing called a supporting cast which they won't have if they spend all their money on them. Can they get someone in a trade? maybe but their best shot would be to get baron davis from the clippers for eddy curry and if lebron wanted to play with davis he might as well go to the clippers. The knicks pretty much have two players that are decent that are not free agents, but they both play SF so how does that help Lebron (a SF) out? it doesn't.

Finally, lets talk about the Clippers, everyones favorite darkhorse, wildcard, whatever you want to call them, no matter what you call them, you can't call them out of the lebron sweepstakes because their is definitely intrigue. Look, the clippers have Blake Griffin who figures to be one the best big man in the game very soon. Big man: check. Next thing lebron needs is a guy to be able to step up when the defense is keyed on him late in the game. Well how about these guys: Griffin, Gordon, Baron, and Kaman not to mention a top 10 pick in the draft. You might say well none of those guys are going to just take over a game next season in the way a Pau Gasol can. Well you know what, maybe they can't but if you have a double team on lebron one of those guys will be wide open and good players like those guys are going to make you pay. supporting cast with a guy who can step up: check. What else does lebron need, he needs a good coach. I know what your saying, who wants to go to the clippers? Well guess what, its still LA, plus they have a lot of young talent. Oh and guys like Byron Scott and Mark Jackson have said that its an attractive job that they would be open to looking into. What else does Lebron need, he needs a big market. LA is the perfect place for Lebron. Why? its a huge market and it has Hollywood, which would be perfect for him. I can see it now, a movie about a perennially crappy team until one day lebron shows up and wins a title for them, sounds like a Hollywood movie doesn't it? And I know what your going to say: He won't go to Kobe's town and play in the same arena as him. In my opinion, he wants to do everything he can to knock kobe off of his throne in LA and whats the best way to do that? Oh thats right taking away his city from him. You might say thats not going to happen because LA is a laker town but as much as it might be known for that, its more known for being a bandwagon town. If Lebron can come to LA and beat the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals and then win a title, he and the clippers would then be the hot team in LA. You add to that Kobe aging and Griffin maturing and the clippers have a better record for the many years in a row. Now many might think that LA would still be a laker city but the clippers would still be selling out all their games and the media would love them and thats all you need. As long as they are better than the Lakers, win titles, have a strong large fan base, and endorsements come flying in, not to mention movie offers, Lebron will be very satisfied.

One last thing to keep in mind, Lebron has been sheltered in Cleveland. He is protected from extreme scrutiny unlike players in the NY market. However, the only big market team that can offer him that same shelter are the clippers. How might you ask? Well the clippers, although being a big market, aren't the only focus of the LA media. There is the Lakers as well. That, along with the fact that the LA media is more laid back than the NY media would make it easier on him. Oh and anything that Lebron did for the clippers would not only be viewed as amazing and out-of-this-world considering it was for a franchise like the clippers, but it would also make his legacy way better. I mean if you think of all the times the clippers were supposed to be good and supposed to be done losing only to fail once more, well if lebron were to win multiple titles for them, that would be the icing on the cake. Forget about 6 titles, you win 2 for the clippers and your un - human.


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Lebrons not going to The Clippers

They do have cap room and young players/top 10 pick but they dont have what NJ has in terms of cap space and potential for growth...

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MISSING PERSON ALERT: LeBron Raymone James, Cleveland, OH - Age 25 D.O.B. 12/30/84. Reported missing 5/13/10. Last seen being taken to school by Rajon Rondo Not heard from since Nike stopped running puppet commercials. Last seen in false NBA crown. James may be in need of medical attention for elbow. Any info helping authorities find LeBron or his game, contact 1-800-NO-RINGS.

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MISSING PERSON ALERT: LeBron Raymone James, Cleveland, OH - Age 25 D.O.B. 12/30/84. Reported missing 5/13/10. Last seen being taken to school by Rajon Rondo Not heard from since Nike stopped running puppet commercials. Last seen in false NBA crown. James may be in need of medical attention for elbow. Any info helping authorities find LeBron or his game, contact 1-800-NO-RINGS.

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He is not going to the

He is not going to the Clippers. They have had talent for years but seem to screw it up and it is harder in the West to win because everybody is good. The East only have like 3 great teams right now. Also Chi Town is a better place than Cleveland. Rose is better than Williams. Noah unlike Varejo who could not finish Lebron's passes will finish. Hinrich and Deng can get you some pieces. They have money wiggle room and nice young pieces. New York is they can get two stars getting cheap guys to fill the roster will be easy. The question would be how talented.

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Is this a article or your own

Is this a article or your own writing?

Clippers, I'm gonna agree with you- LAC is a big factor for LBJ. But, alot of people said Donald Sterling could be the x factor and not in a negative way. I'm talking ESPN heads and ppl close to the situation.

Unless, LBJ says LAC is a contender- I don't see it.

Don't be mad at me, I'm just saying.

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its my writing completely.

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How can anybody say where

How can anybody say where LeBron is or isn't going? We don't know him or what he's going to do. All we know at this point is that he'll look at all of his options.

He didn't go to college. Everybody knew he was going pro, so he probably wasn't even recruited. This is his chance to be recruited and experience that feeling. You have to believe that he'll allow himself to be woo'd, by all of the teams that have cap room. That goes for Pat Riley, Dwayne Wade and the Heat... Donald Sterling, Blake Griffin/Baron Davis and the Clippers. Dolan, Walsh, D' Antoni and the Knicks... Prokhorov, Jay-Z, Vandeweghe, John Wall (IF they win the lottery) and the Nets... Reinsdorf, Rose and the Bulls.

Even if he knows he'll re-sign with the Cavs, I STILL think he'll allow himself to be woo'd. He has a big ego and needs it fed. That's just the kind of person that he is. I just hope an insider writes about the way and exactly how these owners and GM's woo him.

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Brandon Jennings' take on the

Brandon Jennings' take on the matter:

#YUNGBUCK3

"Lebron should stay in Cleveland. If he don't it's going to seem he's running from his problems. His EGO won't let him leave, I think."

Then he tweeted

# YUNGBUCK3

"But if he was to leave, GO to the CLIPPERS lebron"

And then he went even farther by tweeting:

"Lebron, BD, Blake, Chris..... Dope team!!!!!!!!"

Its not just media buying into it, its players.

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Alright...players are buying

Alright...players are buying into it. We don't know if LBJ is.

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i dont realize how come anybody call griffin on of the best bigmans in league (or soon to be).... guy didnt play game in nba...

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Good point. Griffin is still

Good point.

Griffin is still unproven. I can't see LeBron making that big of a decision to come to LA without knowing if Blake Griffin will become another Greg Oden or not.

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baron davis sucks

baron davis sucks

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brandon jennings is also from

brandon jennings is also from los angeles so him suggesting lebron go to his hometown isnt exactly a credible way of saying the players are buying into it.

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deng is a crappy sf

he is only 25 and averaging 17.6 pts and 7.3 reb. shooting 46.6 percent fg and 38.6 3pt percentages. He is far from crappy. He is also a very good defender. Players who average atleast 17 and 7 and are 25 or younger. durant, lebron, deron williams, dwight, lopez, aldridge, jefferson, and deng

PLEASE let me know how he is crappy again. the only knock on him is that he is injury prone. thats it.

teams like cleveland and toronto will not have anybody who wants to sign there. NO star will go there unless its lebron or somebody to pair up with lebron and nobody would go to toronto unless its too get paid and can't go somewhere else.

WHY wouldnt those team wants some talent to go play for them. Deng is a great young player to have and hinrich would be a great role piece. I think bosh has the best chance to come to chicago in a sign and trade.

NOAH had 28 double doubles this season and was injured. varejao 11 double doubles. there not even close. noah is 25, varejao is 27.

ROSE is a top four pg in the league. Mo Williams is an average pg in the league no top ten. Rose is a great pg, Noah a great rebounder. they are not good but great at what they do.

I Just shot down your bulls argument

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I wonder just how deep the

I wonder just how deep the recruitment of LeBron James will go? Like how far will teams go to impress him?

LeBron has dollar signs written all over him for not only a franchise, but an entire city.

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Even President Obama had his

Even President Obama had his say, saying "LeBron would look good in a Bulls jersey." Of course Obama is from Chicago.

I just wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people got involved. Politicians, movie stars, other star athletes, etc.

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your right, its going to be

your right, its going to be crazy. Also, i don't think most people from LA would be telling lebron to go to the clippers. why? because 99% of them are laker fans. as was jennings growing up. I know you wouldn't say lebron should go to LA and your from there, u see llperez.

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clippers

avoids backing up his comments when i trash him. he shouldnt post anymore

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Yea... I don't think Jennings

Yea... I don't think Jennings being from LA had anything to do with it. I think he just likes the way that roster would look.

Baron Davis
Eric Gordon
LeBron James
Blake Griffin
Chris Kaman

DeAndre Jordan
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Why i think that lebron wont go to bulls

Jordan.... Thats right... He would always be in jordans shadow cause jordan bring 5 titles home and he was really the face of chicago in 90s.... Whatever lebron do he would always be compared to jordan and i dont think that his is ready to be in someones shadow....

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clippers, how do you know

clippers, how do you know jennings is a laker fan? Maybe he is just a neutral basketball fan who would like to see lebron in la and knows it aint happening with the lakers? And yes, as a so cal person I would absolutely love for lebron to go the clippers. I would get to watch him live. I would get to hear about him on the radio sports shows. The rivlary with kobe would grow. RIght now, there is no laker clipper rivalry. It doesnt exist any more then kim kardashain competes with her sisters for the spotlight. Lebron would change that and i think that would be a lot of fun.

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fine leppy, i will argue ur

fine leppy, i will argue ur point.

deng had an ok year at 17 and 7 this year, but last year he averaged 14 and 6 with a 44% field goal percentage...plus he is injury prone. He will never be a 1st or 2nd option on a winning team and for that reason there is no way in hell that the bulls can get a decent big man out of him. big man > average wing

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he has said he was on twitter

he has said he was on twitter and in pre-draft interviews.

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i wouldnt call it an ok year

only seven other players averaged his stats at his age or younger. last year he was injured and it effected his play. I"m not saying a team wants to trade a big man for an average wing. but they would rather trade a big man for an average wing than nothing. and by no means is there anything average about deng. He is a great player with star potential. not superstar but star potential. He is also about to enter his prime years. you picked out one thing in my rant. i tore apart all yours

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again, lots of laker fans

again, lots of laker fans dont hate the clippers. There is not much of a rivalry. SO maybe jennings just wants to see lebron in LA. And to be honest, its a pretty silly argument to be having. WHat does one person saying on his twitter account mean anyways? I seriously doubt jennings represents the "players buying into it". I hope lebron does go to the clippers. BUt here is why i seriously doubt it, it is a laker city. There is nothing he can do to change that. He could win the mvp win a title and it will still be a laker city. New York will become a Mets city before Los Angeles becomes a clippers city.

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So this is what your wrote about the Knicks.

Another team thats talked about is New York. Look, the only way he would go there is if he could get another star to go with him and thats not happening because all of these stars as much as they want to win a title, they have too big an ego to just go play second fiddle to lebron. Oh and theres that thing called a supporting cast which they won't have if they spend all their money on them. Can they get someone in a trade? maybe but their best shot would be to get baron davis from the clippers for eddy curry and if lebron wanted to play with davis he might as well go to the clippers. The knicks pretty much have two players that are decent that are not free agents, but they both play SF so how does that help Lebron (a SF) out? it doesn't.

Chandler is a SG as well and can play multiple positions like Lebron.
Its called trade so Chandler can be moved for a PG or big man.
No one cares about the Clips get over it man.
The Knicks will get a big name player for sure and maybe 2.

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"No one cares about the Clips

"No one cares about the Clips get over it man."

The pot calling the kettle black. There aren't too many people outside of New York who care about the Knicks.

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The pot calling the kettle

The pot calling the kettle black. There aren't too many people outside of New York who care about the Knicks.

Actually there are a lot more Knicks fans than you think.
You have the Knicks confused with the Yankees who buy titles ppl hate them, who on the Knicks do ppl hate.
Isiah is gone and all the mess he left is gone except Eddy Curry.

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just because no hates them

just because no one hates them doesn't mean people like them...

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just because no one hates

dble post

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You have to realize star

You have to realize star players wont jump to New york to play for a below average supporting cast. Th only big free agent they have gotten is overpaying Allan Houston. I think the race is between Chicago, and New Jersey, with the Clippers as the darkhorse, the only two free agents the knicks have a chance at are Amare, and Johnson, i think theyll get Johnson, but i think Stoudemire stays, but if he does leave he might come to play for Dantoni.

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why would jj go to ny alone?

why would jj go to ny alone?

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Wow this has already become

Wow this has already become my least favorite and most annoying topic ever and its only been a day since the Cavs lost. But...

Heres how I'd look at it if I'm Lebron James.

1. Team in place.
2. Teams potential for growth with draft and additional money.
3. Coaching situation
4. Market and City- overrated because every city is good. I guarentee Chicago, LA, NJ, NY, and Cleveland have a Chipotle, a grocery store, a movie theatre, and an Applebees...what else do you need? :)

with that said my top choices would be:

1. LA Clippers- LA is Kobe's town...but if Lebron moved in, that would be no more. The league is obsessed with the Kobe Lebron matchup, so this is a match made in heaven. They can play the season opener, Christmas, Easter, and David Stern's birthday...All in LA!! The Clippers have a nice core of young talent mixed with veteren talent. Kamen is one of the more underrated big guys in the NBA, better than Noah, The Flop (varajeo), and whatever SG Dantoni decides to play at C. Baron Davis is older, but lets be honest, he wouldnt have to do much more than be the 3rd or 4th scoring option for them. a Healthy Baron Davis is alot better then Mo Williams, and not much worse than Derrick Rose or Devin Harris. Eric Gordon is a solid SG, who can play off the ball which is a must with Lebron James. Blake Griffin has the ability to be a force, and has as much upside as any young big in the league. He wouldnt have to be the go to guy, just the 2nd or 3rd option. They will have a top 10 pick, which would be turned into a James Anderson or Al farouq Aminu, and this Clippers team on paper would be an instant power in teh NBA. Whoever disagrees is plain foolish.

2. Chicago Bulls- Michael Jordon's town is now Lebron's town as he has the chance to follow the footsteps of the best player in the game. The Bulls have a good core of players with solid trade assets and draft picks. Derrrick Rose is the next big thing at the PG position- I think he would actually mesh pretty well with Bron, contrarty to alot of opinion because Rose is an exceptional cutter off the ball, and an excellent transition player. It would be breathtaking. Hinrich is the perfect glue guy, as he could start at 2 guard, or come off the bench as the super 6th man type. Some people say they should trade him, I disagree. I like Hinrich alot. Noah is a solid defensive big guy, who would do the dirty work for Chicago, just as ugly, but less of a flop version of Verajao. He's alot better than Varajeo, and is a solid defensive player. Luol Deng would most likely be traded...which could net them a solid 4 man like Boozer or maybe a Michael Beasley, I'm just throwing out names here. Add the 15th pick in the draft which could turn into Xavier Henry or Paul George, and the Bulls could be in business. A big 3 of Rose, Bron, and a 4 man like Boozer and the Bulls have a great core of players.

3. New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets- I know, I know...who wants to go the leagues worst team? I really think if you take Lebron off the Cavs and compare the rosters, the Nets have just as much talent as the Lebron less Cavs. Devin Harris is a great young PG who is a great number 2 scoring option. Brook Lopez has a chance to be the best offensive Center in the League. Courtney Lee, Terrence Williams, and CDR are all decent role playing wings who give them something different. Throw in a top 3 pick which could be John Wall, or at worst Greg Monroe and some extra cap space that would garner them a solid role player. Maybe a Udonis Haslem type guy would be a great fit, or a backup PG maybe. The Nets have assets. I really do think the Nets are in good shape. They are a team assembled of role players, waiting for a guy like Lebron to come in and take the reins.

This is just my take on the LBJ sweepstakes. I highly doubt he goes to the Clippers, or the Nets. But If he did, Both those teams would be contenders in my opinion.

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Damn Biggysmalls. I agree.

Damn Biggysmalls. I agree. I'm sooo sick of hearing and reading about Lebron. Haha.

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The Clippers are not the 1st

The Clippers are not the 1st or 2nd choice.

Let's just leave it at that.

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Yeah man that totally wore me

Yeah man that totally wore me out! Its already been talked about too much, and I think it is going to flop big time.

I realize the Clippers probably arent his top choice, but I truelly think they have the best situation for him. I know it wont happen, but thats not what we're talking about here.

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Lebron isn't going to the

Lebron isn't going to the clippers. This guy is just living in a fantasy world saying his proposal and hoping people agree with him so he has more confidence when in reality it's not going to happen. If I'm not mistaken this guy was just saying how Carmelo would go to the clippers. Stop living I'm a fantasy. Just hope Blake griffin lives up to some of his hype and that Eric Gordon puts up all star numbers and that you guys get better point guard play. Maybe you sneak up in the draft and pick up we'd Johnson or someone like that. That's the bed shot they got at being relevant. IMO lebron would be the best in new jersey. Harris, lee, Williams, lopez, Douglas Roberts, the addition of a free agent maybe bosh or boozer and a top pick leaves new jersey with alot of potential to have the biggest turnaround in league history

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I agree with Biggiesmalls, I

I agree with Biggiesmalls, I still don't see the Clippers having much of a shot at all.
Ppl might've hated the Knicks in the 90's becaz of their style of play it was kinda boring but it worked. This past decade they were so bad thanx to management and have a real shot to improve.
You'll find more fans that hate the Lakers obviously not the frontrunners.
Not sure who really cares for the Clippers outside of their fans in L.A.
If I was Walsh I'd pass on Joe Johnson, if Bosh, Boozer, Amare, Wade and the other big names don't come though doubtful, I would sign some 2nd and 3rd tier free agents.
Can always go after Mello and make trades during the year for 2011 free agency.

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