Imagine LeBron lined up next to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Or the King working in unison with Chris Paul and James Harden.
Well, if you can’t imagine it, LeBron certainly could.
At the opening of his remarkable new school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, LeBron also revealed the decision making process that resulted in his heading to Los Angeles.
The challenge of rebuilding the Lakers, as well as the family and business benefits of living in LA, led him to pass on joining the 76ers and Rockets or re-signing with the Cavs.
— ESPN (@espn) July 30, 2018
And while all of that makes perfect sense, you can only imagine fans in Cleveland, Philadelphia and Houston thinking about what could have been if King James had joined their team.
James, on the other hand, seems enthused about his new Lakers teammates, especially the free agent acquisitions whom he called “guys that love to play basketball.”
It’s a big of a rogues’ gallery of talented but temperamental characters including JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley, Rajon Rondo and longtime LeBron adversary Lance Stephenson.
But combined with the young talent in LA – Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzman, Lonzo Ball – there is plenty to be optimistic about.
The Lakers, in fact, are third favourite to win the Western Conference next season ($12) just behind Houston ($9) and short-priced favourite Golden State ($1.30).
Western Conference 2018-19
$1.30 Golden State
$10 LA Lakers
Western Conference markets here (odds subject to change).
NBA Championship 2018-19
$1.55 Golden State
$12 LA Lakers
NBA Championship markets here (odds subject to change).