Having LeBron James on the roster will at least secure that your team is playing the Finals. That’s been the case over the past decade and seeing how good LeBron has been playing this season, it probably will be the same for many years to come. During his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team made some major changes, sending a group of young players to the New Orleans Pelicans to get Anthony Davis in return.
These types of moves have always earned criticism for LeBron. When he was with the Heat, when he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers and now with the Lakers. However, as Zach Lowe explained on his ‘The Lowe Post’ podcast, that’s the price any franchise has to pay to be successful. Sure, Bron will try to make some moves in order to get a competitive team, but that will assure you he will at least take you to the Finals, not like other players who can’t fulfill the mission.
“When you get LeBron James, coaches will get fired; draft picks, young players will get traded to get him his help, but LeBron will take you to the Finals (barring any injuries). He will not lose in the Conference Finals, he will not have a blip in the second round. That’s the payout.”
We saw this year how stars lost in the second round of the playoffs after carrying big expectations with them ahead of the season. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam are the biggest examples of that, but not LeBron. He has demonstrated he is the best player in the world and now his Lakers are about to play in the Finals for the first time in 10 years.
LeBron is different. He is that dude and even though he has some demands when he lands in a team, they will be beneficial for the team during the postseason. It’s not a coincidence he has played in 10 Finals during his career, one of three players to achieve that feat.