For at least 14 long years, LeBron James was the center of the basketball world. In his second season, he averaged 27 points per game and continued on a tear that would have him near the top of the NBA’s greatest player list.
The latest chapter of his storied career started last summer when he signed the dotted line to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
But with cracks already starting to show, was Kawhi Leonard’s union with the Clippers the final nail in the coffin of James’ unquestioned dominance? On Fox Sport’s Speak for Yourself, Jason Whitlock presented that argument to his panel of fellow analysts.
With the arrival of Leonard and Paul George in Los Angeles, LeBron’s Lakers certainly have a chance of being overshadowed in their own city. Not only are the Clippers younger, but their roster is also much better defensively. The Clippers are going to attract more attention than they ever have before.
If James fails to beat the Clippers this season, at 34-years-old, it might mean he’ll never come out on top again.
But if there is one thing we have learned about James after all of these years, it’s to never count him out, not even now — with Father Time knocking on the door and the Clippers beating him at his own game.