I would not trade the #4 pick to get him....I guess we will agree to disagree. LeBron's career is on a downward trajectory. Zion is a star in waiting. If the Cavs happen to get the #1 pick, there is no way that I would trade that pick to get LeBron for the rest of his career. No team battling for the #1 spot should entertain that thought.
My first concern was that he could be a 'tweener like Anthony Bennett was. If you watch him play at all, enough to note his improvement even through an injury-hampered season, he's no Bennett. His fire and motor are also impressive. He may never reach peak-LeBron level skill set, but he is going to be a very good NBA player.Even without getting much better basketball wise, the raw athletic ability probably makes him a borderline top-25 player in his second year. There's guys that are strong and athletic in the pros, but I can't think of anybody that's currently a 275 pound brick chithouse that runs and jumps like him. You're probably going back a handful of years to a bulkier version of LeBron to find a guy that's an equal or superior physical specimen at the forward position.
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Awww, come on, cabo, you're underestimating yourself. You're at least half as much of a pain in the azz as LeBron. Just kiddin'.My first concern was that he could be a 'tweener like Anthony Bennett was. If you watch him play at all, enough to note his improvement even through an injury-hampered season, he's no Bennett. His fire and motor are also impressive. He may never reach peak-LeBron level skill set, but he is going to be a very good NBA player.
Some see him cutting weight, which makes sense. Some have him at 280+ At 265-270 the right way, he's not lost strength and he lasts longer. The quicks and hops are amazing, he handles the ball decently, the shot improved a bit. As long as there is a need to keep up on him outside, he'll be a tough cover for anyone. He's got something to prove, and a bank to build.
Only an idiot would trade that for an independent old man with an attitude. I'M an independent old man with an attitude, and believe me, I'm a pain in the azz. LBJ is 10x worse, and no longer worth it.
It doesn't matter because you can't trade LeBron without his say so.Cowherd says the Lakers should trade LeBron for Zion? Thoughts? That would be pretty baller, but it may be best in the long run for the Lakers?
I think he made the move as much for his kids' and wife's desires as anything else. He may even feel as though they set a good foundation for his kids' "grounded-ness" here in the midwest and they are now ready for the bright lights.Awww, come on, cabo, you're underestimating yourself. You're at least half as much of a pain in the azz as LeBron. Just kiddin'.
But I totally agree with you. I think LeBron, while not toxic, is not as inviting an option as he was while in Miami and Cleveland. I've said this before and I'll say it again: LeBron James going to LA was a mistake from the moment he signed. Not only did I think he put business on an equal plane with basketball, he went to LA at the beginning of the end of his career. He would have been King of Cleveland and still been able to produce those dumb-azz game shows from his home in Bath. His endorsements wouldn't have suffered a single penny. In LA, he is just another big name, and I think he underestimated the fervor by which fans and the organization jealously guard the Laker legacy. He isn't home-grown, and while his talent matches and even exceeds that of West, Baylor, Jabbar, Magic, and Kobe he will never be accepted and regarded with the kind of esteem they are. He has to secretly regret the move from a basketball standpoint. Maybe this off-season will surprise and Magic can entice some of the top free agents to join James. If not, LeBron can start making off-season plans for May and June until his contract runs out.
He's only an inch shorter than James, and did you see James' jump shot when he entered the NBA? I would say Williamson's is a bit better at this juncture.RJ Barret is better than Zion. Zion has zero chance of being as good as Lebron. He’s too short and isn’t a good shooter
Magic did that on his own. Point A - D'Angelo RussellLeBron claims another victim.