Lebron James: In Desperate Need of A Championship Win
It's Been a hard year for Lebron. Well sort of.
Even though he still reportedly made $38.5 million dollars, some may say that the three time championship winning all star athlete has had a hard year. After leaving The Heat, returning to is hometown of Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers in July of 2014, James has brought the team to the finals every year since the return, only to win the championship once in 2016 after an epic comeback from a 3-1 series deficit (this was also the first time the city had won a championship in 52 years).
Jame's agency Klutch Sports Group, announced last week that James will be moving to place with the Lakers on a four-year, $153.3 million contract. Next year will test his ability to bring the the historic franchise another championship. This contract is one of the longest deals James has signed since his six-year contract with the Heat in 2010. His previous three deals were no longer than three years. "Words do not express the meaning and the feeling this accomplishment brought to the people of Northeast Ohio," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said in a lengthy statement thanking James.
While many are sad to see him leave Cleveland, many on the west coast couldn't be happier. L.A. Laker's legend, Kobe Bryant has already welcomes James to the family.
However, some from the area are still skeptical of Jame's ability to beat Golden State and take home the championship next year. Shaquille O'Neal, who played for the Lakers from 1996-2004 has made statements on whether or not Lebron has what it takes to go all the way.
"The move is still not enough to match the Golden State Warriors because they had a significant piece added also with DeMarcus Cousins," O'Neal said of James' decision to play for the Lakers, per CNBC.
“In my opinion, this is the most talented starting five I've seen in the history of the game. It waters the game down a lot with everyone being on one team, but it is what it is,” O’Neal said. “The good thing about the Golden State superteam is they play an excellent style of basketball."
O'Neal, who won four titles with the Lakers and Heat during his 19-year NBA career, continued say that James was going to have to figure out a way to win a title in Los Angeles.
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