LeBron James on future: ‘No idea at this point’
Friday night, the Golden State Warriors finished off an anti-climatic four-game sweep over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals to win their third title in four years. The unceremonious elimination game ended up being a 108-85 blowout with most of the second half played in “garbage time.
It became clear the margin of talent between these two teams was one of the largest we have seen in a Finals. Now, it begs the question — where will LeBron James go now? Well, The King is not sure yet, either, saying he has “no idea at this point.”
“The one thing that I’ve always done is considered, obviously, my family,” James said. “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I’ve got a teenage boy, a preteen and a little girl that wasn’t around as well.
“So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I’ll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that. So I don’t have an answer for you right now as far as that.”
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As far as the family aspect goes, LeBron’s son, LeBron James Jr., will be entering high school after one more year — which could be an important factor in LeBron’s decision. If LeBron wants his son to play for his alma mater, St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, then staying in Cleveland would be appealing.
But if LeBron is all about winning, teams like the Houston Rockets (if they can afford it), Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and even the Boston Celtics would all be more practical going forward. The Los Angeles Lakers has been included in the LeBron rumors, but if James wants to win a title, the Lakers are unlikely a desirable destination. That said, expect the conjecture to ramp up now that the Cavaliers’ run ended in such a dismal manner.