LeBron James stole all the headlines once again by completing a move to the Los Angeles Lakers to take the team back to Championship contention following the post-Kobe era.
With James’ arrival, the Lakers now have the 2nd best odds to win the NBA Championship, not just because of his presence, but also considering how many players are going to sign with the team right after his arrival.
Even though, not all parties involved have reasons to celebrate, as James’ departure may be considered a huge blow to some. Today, we’ll let you know about the top 5 winners and losers from the LeBron move.
5. Tyronn Lue
Tyronn Lue has gotten kind of a free ride throughout the entire time he’s been on top of the team, being bailed out by LeBron James’ outstanding performances to take the team to 4 straight Finals.
Now that James’ not on board, he’s pretty much exposed, and it’s time to see what kind of coach he is, especially considering how many people thought James was the actual coach of the team.
4. JR Smith And Tristan Thompson
JR Smith and Tristan Thompson earned a lot of cash and praise because of how LeBron James valued his talents ever since coming back to Northeast Ohio 4 seasons ago.
Nonetheless, now that the King is out of town, there’s absolutely no reason whatsoever to keep a couple of unproductive and expensive veterans, so they’re a lock to be moved as soon as possible.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers spent several years being one of the league’s laughingstocks before LeBron James’ arrival back then in 2003, just to be one of the worst teams in the league again when he left them to join the Heat.
So, now that he’s headed out the door again, the team that made it to 4 straight NBA Finals is going to have to enter the tank and rebuild mode once again following the loss of the greatest player in franchise history.
2. Eastern Conference
The Eastern Conference has been heavily criticized for years due to the lack of competitiveness, being completely dominated by LeBron James and his teams for over a decade.
And now that the King has decided to switch sides and join a Western Conference team, the East is going to be way easier and softer, while the West gets most of the attention from media and fans.
1. Dan Gilbert
Dan Gilbert has never been really close to LeBron James and he didn’t hesitate to throw him under the bus when he first left the Team, something that earned him a lot of detractors.
And even though he managed to get James back in town for a while, now that he’s lost him once again, it’s finally over between the King and the franchise. He lost the best player in the history of Ohio and for good this time.
5. Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers struck out on the opportunity to land LeBron James and even though they’re not likely to get Kawhi Leonard either, they’re still one of the biggest winners from this move.
The Sixers haven’t bound for Championship contention right away, but look like the toughest team in the Eastern Conference and will have an easy path to the Finals in a couple of years.
4. Boston Celtics
Even though the Philadelphia 76ers look like a lock to dominate the Conference for many years to come, the Boston Celtics have just become the most Championship ready team in the East.
With a fully recovered Kyrie Irving and also Gordon Hayward coming back, it seems like the good old rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics is back, and we’re bound to see both in the Finals again.
Truth to be told, the league has been kind of boring to watch for a couple of years now, as even though we’ve witnessed some astonishing accolades and outstanding performances, everybody knows the Dubs will win it all in the end.
So, now that LeBron has decided to join the Lakers and that the team is the frontrunner to land Kawhi Leonard, we’ve finally found a team that’s good enough to beat the Warriors and bring competitiveness back to the league.
Of course, after DeMarcus Cousins decides to join the Warriors, that will be a very tough challenge for LeBron James.
2. LeBron James
LeBron James is one of the greatest players this game has ever seen, but that 3-6 record in the Finals is something that’s going to have a huge toll on his legacy. Still, being in the Lakers gives him the best opportunity to fix that with a couple of extra Championships.
All basketball reasons aside, James will also be on a top-notch city once again, as Los Angeles is the perfect place to be, with the best entertainers in the world; not to mention the fact that he’s got several businesses there.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
And obviously, the biggest winners of LeBron’s decision have to be Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and the Los Angeles Lakers, as they’re just on the verge of the dawn of a new era, the return of the Showtime and the possibility to compete for a Championship for the first time in almost a decade.
After a couple of rough seasons, there is finally a star dressed in purple and gold once again, with James being the missing piece they had crave so desperately to become the most dominant team in the world again.