"I would like to see a revival of the Celtic-Lakers rivalry because that's probably the best rivalry in basketball", Angara said, noting that James's presence would boost the Lakers' chances of reaching the playoffs. Some championships for the Lakers. No. 1 being to beat his old nemesis, the Golden State Warriors, who are in the same division and who just added Demarcus Cousins to their already loaded roster.
"Nobody can swing the pendulum of power like LeBron James", Sharpe said.
LeBron James is gone from Cleveland, and so, too, is the huge Nike billboard that was erected as a love note to James after he returned to his hometown Cavaliers in 2014.
However, the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP reportedly privately suggested the prospect was not as alluring as some might think. Currently, the three teams to beat in the East are the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors. In Cleveland, he signed a series of short deals with player options in order to keep the pressure on the front-office to field a title-contending team. L.A. will be $5.6 million below the cap after James, Caldwell-Pope and Rondo are officially signed, and the team will need to clear $14.5 million in space to get a deal done. But when a player of James' caliber joins a new team, there is a general understanding, even expectation that other quality players will flock to that player and try to put together a contender (often at a discounted rate).
Dwyane Wade (L), LeBron James (C) and Chris Bosh (R) of the Miami Heat celebrate winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena June 20, 2013 in Miami, Florida. In 2013, he married his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson.
Seeing James and Lance Stephenson as teammates will be a stark contrast from their matchups as opponents. It was his stellar play that pushed them back to become the first team in National Basketball Association history in the Finals to overcome a 3-1 series deficit back in 2016.
At that time, Stephenson was a member of the Indiana Pacers, the team that drafted him in the second round in 2010.