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After an entertaining offseason, the purple and gold are ready to compete in the Western Conference and win their 18th NBA title. James will try to lead this team to the promised land again in an arduous quest.
People are already doubting his capacity of taking the Lakers to the championship, even explaining what can ruin the King's endeavor. Chris Broussard recently discussed this topic, explaining that James can win the ring. Still, if he doesn't, he already has a solid excuse for it.
James isn't getting any younger. Even though he's still playing at the highest level, the competition gets harder every year.
“Because of LeBron’s age, he’s like Tom Brady — he has a built-in excuse for not winning another championship. LeBron is 37, he’s in his 19th year so if he doesn’t win that will be an explanation of why,” Broussard said on First Things First.
The Lakers have a long road ahead, but they created a competitive team for next season. Bron will have an excellent chance to win that 5th ring and increase his legend in the league.
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In fact, one of the best players of this generation wanted to team up with him at the end of the 2000s. Talking with Shannon Sharpe on the Club Shay Shay show, the 2010 NBA champion revealed he was close to joining LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2009.
However, he decided to take a different route since he wasn't interested in teaming up with the best players in the league. He wanted to face and beat them.
“LeBron James hit me up one time when he was with the Cavs,” he said, via Darryn Albert of Larry Brown Sports. “I remember I was excited because LeBron hit me up. I’m a big fan. Even though he’s younger, I was a big fan. But before that, I didn’t want to play with Kobe, I didn’t want to play with LeBron., I didn’t want to play with T-Mac [Tracy McGrady]. I wanted to play against these guys.
“So when LeBron hit me up to come play for the team, I was like, ‘Um, I can’t come play,’” he went on. “You know, because many reasons. But I said, ‘I can’t come.’ Then I was trying to go to Detroit or Indiana. That’s where I wanted to go. That’s just in me. But when no teams wanted me, after that, I didn’t call back LeBron. So then the [Los Angeles] Lakers called, I said, ‘I gotta just go because I don’t know if I’m going to get a contract.’ But, it’s not in me to play with anyone.”
After that, he joined the Lakers, helping Kobe Bryant win a championship in 2010 against the Boston Celtics. Metta made some clutch plays during that Finals, earning the love and respect of Lakers fans.
It would have been interesting to see him playing alongside LeBron James in Cleveland. Although he wasn't a megastar, he would've helped the King have a bigger bid to come out of the East during the two years Bron stayed in Cleveland before leaving for Miami.