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Jalen Rose Reveals What LeBron James Would Lose By Not Joining Celtics

Post by bobheckler on Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:51 pm

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Jalen Rose Reveals What LeBron James Would Lose By Not Joining Celtics



by Dakota Randall on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 12:19PM



As LeBron James potentially heads to free agency, NBA fans are clueless as to his priorities: Does he want to win championships? Does he want to further expand his brand (and bank account)? Does he want to stick with what makes he and his family comfortable?

For now, let’s focus on that first part.

Stephen A. Smith recently named seven teams who will pursue James in the offseason, including the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors. And Jalen Rose, who believes James ultimately will either stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers or join the Los Angeles Lakers, feels that if immediately winning titles is his priority, then only two teams fit the bill.

Rose, however, also believes championship-hunting currently is less important to James than other factors, such as familiarity or the chance to build a new team around him.

“In my opinion, if LeBron James goes to any basketball team that’s not the Boston Celtics or not the Golden State Warriors, he won’t win a championship next year anyway,” Rose said on ESPN’s “Get Up!” on Monday. ” … LeBron should not, and will not, in my opinion, pick a team based on the fact that they’re going to win a championship next year, because wherever he signs, they will not win the championship next year.”



Rose admittedly was all over the place with that take.

What he essentially is saying, however, is that although Boston and Golden State give James the best chances of winning a title, neither option is a realistic destination, for multiple reasons. So, since winning a championship next year is, in theory, off the table, then James will either stay with what he’s familiar with (the Cavs) or sign with a franchise that can help him expand his brand and satisfy his team-building desires (the Lakers).

Got it? Good.

With NBA free agency still a few weeks away, the James rumors are running rampant, especially ones connecting him to Boston.

The 33-year-old reportedly is down on signing with the Celtics because of the unappealing aspect of chasing former teammate Kyrie Irving. He reportedly “would listen” should Boston comes calling during the summer, though.

Oh, and he reportedly has a marketing plan “in motion” for a move to Los Angeles.

Excited for the “summer of LeBron” yet, NBA fans?




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Post by bobheckler on Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:24 pm

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Why Shannon Sharpe Believes Celtics Should Be LeBron James’ Top Choice



by Ricky Doyle on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 6:45PM



LeBron James’ free agency decision will reveal a lot.  Will he pick his next team based on where he can best build his brand?  Will he choose comfort over winning? Is it all about championships?  Where does money rank on his list of factors, if at all?

We’ll find out the answers to those questions soon enough, but Shannon Sharpe suggested Monday on FS1’s “Undisputed” that James should sign with the Boston Celtics if his primary objective is to contend for as many NBA titles as possible.

Sharpe said the San Antonio Spurs would be his second choice if he was James.

https://twitter.com/undisputed/status/1006193592900022272
UNDISPUTED ✔️ @undisputed "If I'm LeBron James... Boston would be No. 1, No. 2 would be San Antonio." — @ShannonSharpe 8:17 AM - Jun 11, 2018


The thought of James signing with the Celtics — the team he’s knocked off with the Cleveland Cavaliers in back-to-back Eastern Conference finals — seems wild, but perhaps it’s not too far-fetched. The Celtics’ young core could make Boston an attractive option for James, and it’d probably be hard for the C’s to pass on an opportunity to add the NBA’s biggest star. Plus, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith already said last week he expects James to at least meet with the Celtics this summer.

Of course, signing James would be complicated for the Celtics, as they’d have to figure out how to approach Kyrie Irving, who asked the Cavs to trade him last offseason to escape James’ shadow, and how to revamp their roster to fit the 33-year-old’s salary. Ultimately, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge might decide to mostly stand pat, relying on the returns of Irving and Gordon Hayward to put Boston over the top in the Eastern Conference next season.

Whatever the case, James’ decision will dominate NBA storylines until he chooses a new home. And the Celtics represent one of the most intriguing potential landing spots for a variety of reasons.



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