One of the greatest NBA legends and the early highflyer Dr.J Erving said he admires LeBron James and his decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the free agency this offseason.
“I have a great admiration for a guy who dominated the Eastern Conference as he has and then goes out to take up the challenge of playing in the Western Conference," That's chutzpah.” Erving said on air of ESPN 97.3 at the Philadelphia 76ers Shore Tour in Stone Harbor."That's chutzpah.”
During the interview, Erving was asked if he was also recruiting James to the Sixers. The Doctor made an interesting argument that Magic Johnson had LeBron locked up long before free agency actually started.
“I think Magic had him locked up," Erving said. "All that ‘we’re Midwest boys so we can get along, we understand each other.’ I think he sold him on that, and the challenge for LeBron [to play in the West].”
It's safe to say, Erving was on to something simply because James recently called joining the Lakers - and partnering with Magic - a "dream come true."
“This is kind of like a dream come true for me,” James said last month of joining the Lakers, via USA Today. “You know, growing up, I was a Cowboys fans, I was a Bulls fan, I was a Yankees fan, and I’ve always felt like that was one of the historic franchises. You look at the Lakers and being able to play for a historic franchise, with so much history, you know?
“And now being able to partner with Magic Johnson, someone I kind of like looked up to when I was younger, you know, and wanted to make no-look passes like Magic, wanted to get on the break and be ‘Showtime’ like Magic, and then for it to all come to fruition at this point, I think timing is everything.”
LeBron will be turning 34 next year and even though he's been in the league for over 15 years he still has a lot to prove and is considered by many the best player in the NBA. He will be surrounded by a group of young but talented players so it will definitely be interesting to see if they can challenge some of the powerhouses currently in the western conference like the Rockets and Warriors.