The NBA All-Star Game is pretty much the opposite of competitive basketball, so there’s usually not much to extrapolate. Still, the union of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and LA Lakers’ LeBron James in this year’s game provided fertile ground for daydreaming about a legitimate team.
Especially after the longtime rivals combined for 74 points by leading Team LeBron to a 163-160 win over Team Durant in February’s showcase.
However, fans aren’t the only ones who have envisioned what the superstar couple might look like. In a recent episode of his show, The Shop: Uninterrupted, James named Steph’s Dubs a team he could join and make an immediate impact with, adding, “We could be very special.”
According to a longtime pundit and radio host, these and other comments from LeBron are more than idle chatter — the GOAT nominee has a justifiable desire to make a move to the Bay Area.
The basketball blogosphere has been awash with reports that the Lakers have no signing of James beyond next season (after which his current contract expires). Reacting to the uncertainty, Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd said the baller’s comments on The Shop and other arenas lay the groundwork for an eventual move.
“I absolutely believe that LeBron is trying to create something and that is Golden State,” Cowherd said. “He wouldn’t leave California, that’s where all his shops are… He can just move his stuff up the road.”
According to Cowherd, LeBron saw the writing on the wall in LA, and everything he says now has been swirling around in his head for a while.
“It feels obvious to me,” Cowherd said. “He’s not just suddenly interested in Steph. He sees the dysfunction. He sees the list. He sees them [Russell] Salary cap in Westbrook. He sees the health of Anthony Davis. He will say over and over again how much he would love to play with Steph and the Warriors.”
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Golden State’s dual-timeline approach to roster building has definitely had some detractors, arguing that by attempting to serve two champions, the team risks failing on both sides in the long run. But the fact that the Warriors are one win away from chip definitely feels like a proof of concept.
And according to Cowherd, the club’s unique mix is likely the driving force behind LeBron’s perceived desire to join the fray.
“LeBron watched [Game 5] – forget the fact that the Warriors have Steph, Klay, Wiggins, Draymond and the now up and coming Jordan Poole, they also have something he’ll never get for the rest of his career if he stays in Los Angeles… Three stars, the 19,20 are years old. James Wiseman, Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga,” said Cowherd.
“[The Lakers] can’t compete for it and LeBron knows it. LeBron is a good observer and too smart not to notice. He’s watching the Warriors and they’ve got a top five seed every night, they’ve got three rising stars under them, they’ve got maybe the best coach in the league, maybe the best owner in the league, they’ve got an elite manager in Bob Myers…”