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June 25, 2017

Did LeBron Seal His Own Fate?

by Larry Leek
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Lebron James As A Member Of The Miami Heat.  Wikimedia.org

In 2010 when LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach and hook up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form what was termed as the “Big Three”, little did he know it would have repercussions 6+ years down the road after Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry,  Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to form the Big Four and thus sealing his own fate in this years finals.

Was the move created by LeBron and company back in 2010 the reason you had the forming of the Super Team in Durant, Curry, Green and Thompson even though ‘it’s been 7-years since the move occurred are we now on the verge of seeing this become commonplace?

 

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Clipper’s Chris Paul. Wikimedia.org

 

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LA Clippers Blake Griffin.   Wikimedia.org

Just this past week LA Clippers PG Chris Paul and PF Blake Griffin both announced they were opting out of their contracts with the Clippers, declaring themselves free agents. and a couple weeks before that Indiana Pacers, SF Paul George announced he would not re-sign w/ the team when his contract is up after the 2018 season, thus giving the Pacers good reason to try to trade George this year while they can still get some value for him vs losing him with no compensation.

In Cleveland, after the Cavaliers lost their 2nd finals in three seasons to the Warriors, King James has already made it known that he thinks someone like George would be a welcome addition to the team’s roster Hint, Hint.

Is LeBron trying to get yet another “Super Team” built in Cleveland or will he be there long enough? Rumors are stirring that James may opt for Los Angeles joining the Lakers when his contract with the Cavaliers is up in 2-years. LeBron does after all, already own a house there.

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Lakers New President Of Player Operations, Earvin “Magic” Johnson.  Wikimedia.org

The Lakers have already begun rebuilding under new Head of Basketball Operations Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Johnson made the talented PG Alonzo Ball  the Lakers #1 pick with the 2nd overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft  last week and his 1st in his new position with the team.

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Former Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler Before Becoming A Timberwolf.  Wikimedia.org

During last weeks draft the Chicago Bulls shocked the NBA world when they traded talented SG Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves for three unproven players in PG Zach Lavine, PG Kris Dunn and used the 7th pick obtained from Minnesota to select Arizona’s PF Lauri Markkanen. Butler rejoins former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and a very young and talented team in the Timberwolves.

Can we expect to see more teams forming Super Teams in the future and if so what will this do to the smaller market teams?

This is Whats On my Sports My Sports Mind about this subject.

Everyday I listen to other sports talk show analyst’s talk about this subject. The move Lebron made when he left for the Heat definitely sparked the change of the face of the NBA and even though the effect was not immediately back in 2010 it did in My Sports Mind change the way players and team owners in the league would look at building teams in the future. The question is has the future now arrived?

When Durant decided to ditch the Oklahoma City Thunder and former teammate Michael Westbrook for the bigger stage and bigger players in Oakland, CA. it also sent a message to the smaller markets where most teams can only afford one maybe two superstars at most, that they could be in serious trouble in the future of bringing home an NBA title. If NBA players begin vying for certain teams with other players in order to negate and compete with other teams like Golden State what will the league become another MLB before revenue sharing?

This ole Sports Mind truly believes that the dawn of the Super Teams in the NBA is upon us, but I also believe that it can become devastating to the small market teams IF they don’t figure out a way to compete. Time will tell, since Cleveland is considered a small market team in it’s own right the fate of the Cavs. and others may well depend on the player that started it ALL. All eyes will be looking to see if James decides to part ways with the Cavs for the larger market Lakers in 2018/19. What will the end result be?

So Whats On Your Sports Mind about this subject?

 

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