You could argue that the biggest rival team of LeBron James's career has become the Golden State Warriors. But over the past few years, he has expressed his praises for that organization numerous times, becoming buddies with guys like Draymond and Steph, even though they used to be heated rivals.
The promo for the newest episode of LeBron's show "The Shop" was released recently, and we got to hear in the short clip which playoff team LeBron would like to play for. The answer was easy for James.
"I'd had to be Golden State. I would love to get in a pissing match with Draymond. I love it when somebody cuss me out!"
LeBron James, UNINTERRUPTED
LeBron definitely isn't a Celtics fan, so it is evident that he was going to go with Golden State. He has become good friends with Draymond Green over the past few years and even a business partner, even though the two didn't really like each other that much at the start of the Warriors-Cavs rivalry.
But LeBron has grown fond of the attitude Draymond puts out on the court, and he even mentioned he would have no problem getting checked by Draymond as his teammate, although it's hard to imagine someone yelling at LeBron when it has been the other way around for his career.
But at 37 years old, LeBron knows he doesn't have that much left in the tank, and playing in a situation in Golden State among guys like Steph, Draymond, Klay, Poole, and more would definitely be perfect for him. Adding a couple of championships at the cost of a lower salary and reduced role is a small price to pay for such accolades.
But the respect probably wouldn't be the same as with his previous rings. Still, looking at the situation in the Lakers organization and the lack of promise on the horizon, it's not hard to imagine James forcing his way out of a contract for the first time in his career in order to compete for a championship one last time. I'm pretty sure the Warriors would take him with open hands.