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Charles Oakley thinks LeBron James should consider two teams if he wants to win a fifth ring

Charles Oakley names one team from the East and the West that LeBron James should consider if wants to win a fifth ring.
Charles Oakley and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James

Charles Oakley and LeBron James

Charles Oakley thinks LeBron James needs to leave the L.A. Lakers if he wants to win a ring before retiring. The Big Oak named two teams that LeBron should look at if he wants to win his 5th ring. 

“Two places he could probably get it is Philadelphia or Phoenix”

Oakley believes the Lakers are not the best fit for James if he wants to win another ring. On the “Club Shay Shay” podcast, Charles gave two teams, one from the East and one from the West, that James could go hunting his next ring.

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“I don’t know what’s gonna happen, he may need to get out of LA. He needs a ring. He might need to leave to get it. Two places he could probably get it is Philadelphia or Phoenix.”

Charles Oakley, Club Shay Shay

James could win a ring playing with James Harden and Joel Embiid or Devin Booker and Chris Paul, but it’s an idea that’s a bit of a stretch for now. At this point of his career, The King has already accomplished what he needed to, and the only feats he’s most likely interested in are getting to the top of most points scored list in the NBA and teaming up with son Bronny.

Does James need to win a ring before retiring?

The pressure for LeBron to win a ring has been there since year one. He’s now in his 19th year and probably has another two or three years left. So it’s time to give the man a break. James’ legacy is already cemented, even if he adds another title to his resume or not.

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns are also built and primed to win now. They don’t need LeBron James to win a title. The scenario that Oakley suggested could happen if James decides to play for free, but the front office will not sacrifice assets or picks to get a LeBron James who is nearly 40 years old when that time comes.

Oakley is right that the L.A. Lakers might not be the best destination for LeBron to play with his son or chase his fifth and last ring. Playing for the Sixers or Suns looks good on paper, but it isn’t happening.

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