Originally posted by GameOver:
A buddy of mine just FB'd me this that he got off one of the many forums he frequents...
Brief summary by Chris Broussard on The Herd:
- Lakers 2014 plan is to get LeBron... but...
- My intel says Lakers are 3rd in LeBron's likeliest destination in 2014.
- Miami and Cleveland are LeBron's top 2 destination.
- If he wins 1 more with Miami, he stays, if he doesn't he'll come home to Cleveland and play with Kyrie Irving to have the storybook ending to his career.
- A longshot for Lakers to land LeBron.
- For Lakers fans wanting Dwight gone and having all this cap space, just look at Dallas = Great owner, no state tax, can't land a superstar.
- With no Dwight, LeBron doesn't want to have to "start over again" if he goes to the Lakers.
- LeBron doesn't want his image to look like a mercenary going from team to team on his 3rd franchise.
Brief comments by Brian Windhorst:
- LeBron has a similar kind of happy personality like Dwight.
- You bet LeBron was keeping an eye on how the Lakers handled the Dwight situation.
I don't see him leaving Miami even if he doesn't win it all. But yes, if he does...it will be most likely for Cleveland. He's from Cleveland and they've an excellent core. It does make sense. But, if I was him...I'm not leaving Riley for that FO. Lakers are a possibility because they're the best at running a franchise historically and he does have a good relationship with Kobe.
I agree that Lebron does want a locker-room where players have good chemistry with each other on and off the court. In that way, he's similar to Dwight. But,on the court...Lebron gets on his guys when they don't play defense. I've seen him completely thrash Bosh on occasions for not playing good defense or setting a clumsy screen.
When I watch Dwight, I feel like here's a guy who is playing basketball because he can make 10s of millions of dollars playing it. I don't think Lebron played that way even in Cleveland...ever. Yes, he'd dance on the bench in a blowout or do stupid stunts before the game...but when he had the ball in his hands, he took it very seriously.
IMHO, Dwight's biggest problem seems to be...he may not absolutely love the game.