LeBron wants to be a Laker? Lazenby reports…
HoopsHype: The greatest NBA free agent of all time, LeBron James, is quietly making overtures to the Los Angeles Lakers.
He wants to play for them. And James is not all that concerned whether Kobe Bryant is part of the equation. Bryant, of course, has yet to sign a contract extension with L.A. and could wind up a free-agent himself, albeit one with high mileage.
But the overtures have been made. LeBron wants to wear the purple and gold. Mainly, he wants to wear a championship ring, which means he wants to play for Lakers coach Phil Jackson.
“LeBron wants to win. He’s a smart guy,” explainsone of my best inside sources, a close Jackson associate. “And Phil loves LeBron, absolutely LOVES him.”
There are many, many complicating factors to such a scenario, not the least of which is the fact that it’s way far from certain that Jackson will even be the coach of the Lakers next year.
“The Lakers have not made Phil an offer,” the Jackson source points out. However, rest assured of this, Jackson’s close associate maintained. “Phil will coach somewhere next year.”
Jackson wouldn’t dare take off next year if he’s not coaching the Lakers because he believes the following year will bring a lock-out, the source says. Jackson craves the chance to win another title before the NBA owners lock out the players in 2011-2012 to force a new contract.
“The whole league is under review,” the source points out. “Franchise values are falling, so the owners feel they must force a new labor agreement.”
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This is not as “far-fetched” as it seems. If anyone can remember, Lebron said numerous times that he wanted to be the first NBA player to become a billionaire. And even with all his endorsement deals, and the like, playing in Cleveland, the market just isn’t big enough for him to do that. Playing in New York, LA, or even Chicago, that can happen rather quickly with the opportunities that will come his way, from movies, television, & the like. If Lebron does not win the NBA title this year (and he won’t), I do believe that he is going to make headlines by leaving Cleveland (his home) and going somewhere else to play. Another thing is, even though we have the BEST NBA PLAYER IN THE GAME, MAYBE EVER, in Kobe Bryant, it won’t be long before he will be ready to hang them up, and the Lakers will have to have a player that is able to fill the seats, night in and night out. Remember Kobe being on our team was able to do that even in our worst of seasons. Honestly, I would hope that Dwayne Wade would become Kobe Bryant’s teammate before it’s all said and done, but hey who knows.