Almost every single media outlet has at least one story that tied the CBA negotiations between the NBA and the NBPA back to LeBron James. Specifically, the connection was made between the possibility of lowering the NBA eligibility age limit from 19 to 18 and the fact that it would become easier for the King to fulfill his dream of playing together with his sons Bronny and Bryce in the pros.
Flip the script
This is a different effort; one that will focus less on what LeBron would like to do and more on what he wants to do. And without any doubt, he wants to work his way up as high as possible on the Purple and Gold pyramid of all-time legendary players! There are plenty of things that prove this point.
First, there is the recent two-year, $97.1 million contract extension. Regardless of the massive price tag -- LeBron is doing more than great financially -- it's clear James' motivation to sign the new contract is entirely rooted in competition.
Chris Haynes' report about a meeting between James and Lakers GM Rob Pelinka supports this theory.
“Pelinka made his feelings clear that he wants James to retire as a Laker and promised to provide him with every resource possible to compete for a championship each year he’s with the organization," Haynes said.
Since winning a championship can never be guaranteed for anyone in professional sports, there are still plenty of other milestones LeBron will also look at to claim for himself. Most notably was singled out by NBA.com's Greg Beacham -- “James is likely to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s career scoring king this winter."
What could be more fitting than having one all-time Laker legend replaced at this summit by another iconic superstar?
Speaking of icons, we all know of the mark that Kobe Bryant left with the California franchise that has won it all 17 times. Sneakerheads also know how his legendary basketball shoes are renowned for their performance and how popular they are among NBA players. Well, LeBron is also making moves in this area with a major redesign of the 20thedition from his signature sneaker line. In fact, many are calling this model the “LeKobe” since it definitely has a lot of similarities with some of the most popular releases from the Black Mamba’s Nike signature line.
With that in mind, we are going to take the liberty of giving LeBron another nickname -- LA-Bron -- because it is more than obvious that he wants his reign to be long remembered in Tinseltown just as it is in Cleveland and Miami.
Of course, he will need help -- a healthy Anthony Davis must be number one, two, and three on his wish list. It will also be very important to see if Russel Westbrook will adapt his style of play especially now with the new additions of Pat Beverly and Dennis Schröder to the roster.
There is definitely promise here, and as is always the case with the storied Hollywood organization, there will be plenty of entertainment. We definitely can’t wait to see how everything will play out for LeBron!