Take this one with a BIG grain of salt.

p1.lebron.kobeNBA.com: Well, at least I’m fairly sure now where LeBron James is going to be playing next season.

Los Angeles, most likely with the Lakers.

Stay with me a bit here, and when the Bulls are in Cleveland Thursday for the TNT national TV game with the Cavs, I doubt LeBron will have much to say on the subject. And this is hardly an overreaction to the Cavs slogging out of the starting gate this season with two losses and looking ready for pasture.

No, going to the Lakers makes all the sense in the world, and, at least to my view, fits LeBron better than it would other players of his caliber. Of which there’s basically only Kobe Bryant.

I’ve heard this scenario from some NBA people, though I’ve heard every other one as well, from staying in Cleveland to New York to New Jersey to running Berkshire Hathaway for Warren Buffett.

The general consensus seems to be LeBron stays in Cleveland given you can be a star from anywhere, the New York teams generally are a mess and would mean a step back in his competitive career, and he likes Cleveland. Makes sense and it probably is the second best option, though I strongly question the Cavs roster and decision making to help make LeBron a champion. Michael Jordan was able to accept the lack of titles into the late 1980s because the Bulls were improving and going farther each season. It appears the Cavs are backsliding.

The obvious reason this never gets discussed is no one can see James hooking on with Bryant. I really cannot understand why not.

How good a team would that be with Bryant, James, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom? Supposedly it would look like James searching out a place to win a championship instead of lifting his team to one. Allegedly a no-no.

Continue reading ‘Will LeBron join Kobe in L.A.?’

  • http://thebasketballoracle.com Joey

    I would cry with happiness.

  • http://www.ld2k.com Chris Manning

    My opinion – no way in hell.

  • Lakers 4 Life

    There is no way the league would allow this!

  • Sean All Ivy

    This will never happen because of all the logistics, but… wow. With Kobe, Pau, and Lebron there is no way you would score less than 125 every night. Would be fun to watch.

  • LARONYA615

    Hell no! There is no room for him in LA…..NBA would be boring.

  • baltimoresbest01

    This would be horrible for the NBA, no matter how amazing it would be for us. David Stern would personally ensure it doesn’t happen, unless for some reason the Lakers break up.

  • LeBron in Lakers Uniform

    Y not? Lakers will won 5 or 8 title in a row if LeBron join L.a :)

  • hen

    why would it be boring? it’s not like the rest of the nba team are doing much crowd-attraction. LA is the city to play and as long as lakers fans are watching, the ratings will always be on top.

  • http://www.jjceleb.com Megan Fox JJC

    If you guys read the article in its entirety, it suggest the Lakers trade Bynum and Odom-or-Artest for Lebron to make the salary match.

    I say no way!!!

    This would actually endanger Kobe’s legacy. This would take away all the seasons we had to wait for Lamar and Andrew to really become major contributors for the team. Why let Lebron step in to take all the glory w/o going through the difficult years?

  • pauu

    !NO THANK YOU!

    Adding a superstar in no way guarantee’s a championship.

  • gugy

    not happening.
    Two stars of that caliber would be trouble plus the money involved.

    Lakers is just fine with Kobe.

    I would only consider LBJ coming to LA if Kobe was leaving, but since that’s not happening, there is no way we can have both. Stupid article.

  • http://www.michaelserna23.com Michael_23

    What a ridiculous article. That wont happen. Lebron is in the prime of his career and seeking the big contract. He’ll want to be paid the same contract Kobe got 5 years ago, but bigger. Lakers can’t afford him with the star caliber we have. Either he accepts the mid-level or play for the Knicks or Cavs next year.

  • shannon4mvp

    We shhould let , farmar, walton, vujacic, morrison, mbenga go if he comes to L.A cause we don’t realy need much of a bench then.
    It will NEVER happen tho. Imagine if it does we’d kill every team out there and i mean ANY TEAM.

  • lakers0828

    Nope Not happening

  • http://www.ld2k.com Chris Manning

    “It is financially impossible. Well, unless you trade Kobe and Gasol and Artest.”

  • Robert

    Actually, this makes complete sense for LeBron. As I said in a previous post, that the only way LeBron will win a championship is to play alongside Kobe (i.e., on the same team). Two reasons:
    1) LeBron will ‘learn from’ Kobe – look what happened after the Olympics last year: both LeBron and Melo raised their games a level.
    2) LeBron would be playing ‘with’ Kobe.
    The only way this could possibly happen, is if a sign and trade occurs, as mentioned in the article.

  • Rad

    I’d like to see this happen, for even say.. 1 game.

  • http://www.myspace.com/peopleofthesun Evil Empire

    It’s nice to dream.

  • TRUWARRIER

    That would be a sic line up

  • LC09

    as da artice says kobe wud stil be number one till hes 35 n then bron takes over.. but it cud happen wit a sign n trade or if he signs MLE which he wont.. but it possible chris… kobe bron pau yall stupid if u dnt wana see that.who da fu k wud beat them??? no one..but i dnt see it happenin unless he comes in wen kobe is 35 or 36.. idk

  • WOWzer

    This guy must clearly be on drugs.
    I understand the things. but david stern wouldnt want that to happen because everyone who knows basketball and NBA knows for sure Lakers would be winning like crazy. As much as i want this to happen, I dont want it to happen because i’ll just stop watching NBA, because I know for sure that they’ll win atleast 65 games.
    I like the “rivalry” of kobe v lebron. i like watching lebron get his booty kicked.
    This could probably happen in about maybe 6 years, when kobe cant do much.
    but if lbj wants to be elite he should make a crappy team be good like mj did.

  • Micah

    Hey I saw us trade Kwame for Pau!!! If that can happen, anything can happen.

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      That is so true, since we have the best GM in the world, Mitch Kupchak. That guy deserves a Hall of Fame spot.

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    He only recieves $15m a year. The same as Pau does. Kobe makes $25m a year. So Kobe makes way more than him. Kobe ($25m), Pau ($15m) and LeBron ($15m), that adds up to $55m and next years salary cap is getting worse than what it is today. Financial reason, we cant, unless we get rid of practically the whole bench. But as much as Id love to see it happen (back to back rings), I say leave it as it is and lets hope he goes to a scrub team with no chance of winning.

    • Dan Andreas

      Not true. Say Cleveland does a sign and trade and signs Bron for even something ludicrous like $120 mil over 5 years ($25 mil a season). Andrew Bynum makes $14 mil a season. Package him with two players who make $5 mil (Walton, Sasha, Artest, Morrison ALL fit this bill) and holy talc powder! We’ve got a surplus of Nike puppets…

    • Dan Andreas

      But I also agree it will never happen, because I believe he wants to BEAT Kobe, not join him. And the Lakers trade offer wouldn’t be enough anyways.

  • xtro

    had the same feeling two seasons ago. hope it happens.

  • http://vinginor@aol.com onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    Look if this happened the NBA would go broke.
    The lakers would dominate every team.No one would watch small market teams.
    Plus le bron is fine in clevland its his show and he will get his championship win Kobes done getting all he wants .Just like Magic did for Isaih and jordan.

  • WifelovesLuke

    This article is such garbage but the fact that there are people on this site believing it “could” happen is just flat out hillarious. Man, you guys are sheep.

  • KING

    dumb ass article, theres a 1000 times more chance of lebron going to the clips, and L.A. still running the NBA lol dude shoulda wrote about that instead, clips got money to spend

  • kb24mamba4ever

    haha. this guy clearly has no grasp for the financial aspects of getting a deal like this done. plus, wouldn’t the Lakers then be forced to sign Lebron to a max contract at the end of the year anyway?

    regardless, as long as we’re all on cloud 9 with this pipe dream, i kinda wish the article-writer would have been kind enough to mention Chris Paul here instead of Lebron. that’s a player we could use a lot more, and he’s even more disgruntled with his situation in NO.

  • 242LakerFan

    Hilarious that so many of you seem to be seriously contemplating this! David Stern would put a team in Yakutat, Alaska, in a stadium that seats 1,500 and has no indoor plumbing before he allowed this to happen.

  • Laker Marc

    I wouldnt want it to happen. Le Bron is no Laker. You all know what I mean..Right? There are some players that you can see as a Laker….’Bron isn’t a Laker…nor a would-be Laker. No more a Laker than Shaq ever was.

  • Laker Marc

    Maybe some of the dead beat, butter fingers, can’t pass, lead dwindling ‘bench mob’ members could be traded for Kevin Durant, Brandon Roy, hey I have an idea…. Bring Trevor Ariza back…..do something smart for a change. Meanwhile my boy Trevor is tearing it up in Houston, and actually making a difference on that team so many said would suck, yet they are really surprising many. They really won’t do much in the long run, but…….what a waste of talent…..Trevor really is a Laker and this conversation about Le Bron in LA is so stupid, not even worthy of conversation.

  • lainok

    one day kobe will not play anymore. So what do the lakers do then? Not lebron, he just doesn’t fit right. There are a few of the big stars in the league that I like, that I think would fit well in showtime, and get them the ring that their talent deserves.

    Dwayne Wade
    Kevin Durant ( not yet, but five years from now, sure)
    Carmelo ( still has a year or two of growing up to do, but he’s doing great so far in the maturity dept.)
    Dwight Howard ( his personality is Magic Johnson reincarnated on the court. )
    Devin Harris ( another great personality suited for showtime)

    honorable mentions:
    chris bosh
    and one day maybe ricky rubio

  • dwryte

    this would be the best move for lebron and kobe. kobe could be the star as in the olympics and he can win 7 championships 4 or 5 as the star and lebron can take over from there. Lebron can make movies and make more money on endorsements where he would not have to get it all in salary, he could be the new magic johnson for the first 4 or 5 seasons , they could do a sign and trade with even pau gosol, and the league will grow just like it did in the 80′s, the lakers were dominate then and the league grew to what it is now despite this. Nba world will grow and the the lakers could be the team leading the us.

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    whoever thinks this is remotely possible
    is just plain gullible

  • Popcorn

    No going to happen; the Cavs will have lots of money by the end of the season. They will have 20+ millions from Shaq and 11+ millions from Zydrunas and they will give LeBron the biggest contract in NBA history at least for 3 years?.

    With the rest of their money they could get some key pieces for the team and LeBron will stay in Cleveland at least for 3 more years or so; he is only 24 and if the Cavs put a better team around him he will stay. There’s no guarantee that this will happen but imo it makes sense.

    • daboss1848

      biggest contract in nba history was MJs $35mil/1 yr deal (i believe) – this was pre-cap days. . . LBJs deal will be max but nowhere near “biggest in history”

      magic got a 25 mil for 25 years contract ( which was absurd at the time as well)

  • ItCanHappen

    If Lebron wants to leave and the cavs get nothing that is not a good thing. He could probably force a trade for Bynum and others.. Not likely but a possibility. If you are the cavs do you let him go for nothing?

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      No way will we trade Bynum now. Throughout his career he hasn’t shown much and we thought he would be injured alot. But now he is developing and is averaging a double-double and you are going to go and trade that?

      If we want Lebron, we can trade Sasha, Walton and Adam Morrison. They earn about $5million each and that can match Lebron’s contract.

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    If Mitch Kupchak can pull this move off, man will he be the biggest GM for the Lakers. This guy is patient. He was pressured to trade Bynum but he didn’t and look where Bynum is now. Averaging double-doubles. He pulled the Kwame for Gasol trade. Radmanovic for Brown. Signed Artest for MLE. This guy is a true genius.

  • Green Flannel

    heeeeellllllll no lebron would come in here and then kobe would retire and hed take over la. NO WAY!! this is adrew’s team when kobe is gone
    alothough, i’d like to see how that would work out just for one night with no consiquences

  • p clay

    PERFECT! you have to be know lebron or atleast know a little bit about him in order to answer this question… not just be a lakers fan… its perfect for lebron. right now in the league, there are a lot of up and coming stars. lebron does not have another 6-7 years to waste sitting around waiting for his chance to beat the lakers, the nuggets, or the spurs in a finals. the cavs havnt done ANYTHING with him yet. lebron doesnt care about the money. he makes more OFF the court than he doesn ON it. LEBRON WANTS TO WIN! THATS IT! lebron MIGHT stay in cleveland because of his loyalty, but if he leaves, it will be to a finals contender… might be unlikely, but dont rule it out. I guarantee he wont go to a team thats going to take another 3 years to rebuild tho

  • http://www.nba.com R Davenport

    If Lebron join in LA,they will be unstopable.Maybe no team won’t score over 50 points for the whole game.

  • craig

    King James and Prince Kobe, perfect combination.