Amidst the meandering guesswork, LeBron James coming to Boston during the 2018 Offseason has surfaced as a highly controversial, yet real possibility. The supposition here is that Danny Ainge would trade the kernels of a future dynasty to make space for the greatest player on the planet, all but guaranteeing a Championship for Boston right here, right now. It would be almost as myopic a move as the assembling of the Big Three. Well, I’m here to tell you that if you’re a Celtics fan, you actually want LeBron to go to the Los Angeles Lakers. And no, it’s not because “Boo LeBron!” C’mon, you know you’d root for him. At the end of the day, LeBron James in a Lakers uniform does more for the Boston Celtics than he himself could ever do wearing green.
It seems like some aberration out of the world of 2K: LeBron captaining the Celtics. Who would ever wish for this?
The maelstrom of anticipation and impatience has been brewing for years, ever since the departure of the last vestiges of the Big Three. Green Teamers want a Championship and they want it now.
After all, 2018 was supposed to finally be Boston’s year, right? They added Kyrie Irving, the expatriate who fled from the dilapidated, crumbling walls of “Believeland” to prove himself as a superstar, independent of LeBron’s influence. To buffer that move, the Celtics set the table by signing top-tier free agent Gordon Hayward back in July. Those two alone give any half-competent team a shot at the Finals.
Yet, Boston came up short once again. And who was it that rained on their parade, stifled their Eastern Conference uprising? Darth Vader himself, LeBron James (with the assistance of a few untimely injuries).
So after another ambivalent year, offering no glory other than that which comes from “a step in the right direction” some Celtics’ faithful are now calling for the ultimate solution. There are die-hard Boston fans out there who are genuinely ready to submit to the power (singular) that be, calling for the pursuit of LeBron James during what will undoubtedly be “The Decision 2.0” and his next, final departure from Cleveland in the 2018 Offseason.
An Enemy Of An Enemy
Wait, less than a year ago, wasn’t Boston humbly elated to have added two new perennial All-Stars onto their roster, in Gordon Hayward and more importantly Kyrie Irving? Fans can’t tolerate a single solitary, minor failure of a season, without calling for the complete overhaul of the lineup?
Because that’s what LeBron on the Celtics presupposes - no more Kyrie and all of those hard-nosed young guys that overperformed in the 2018 Playoffs, embodied the “Celtics’ way” for the past few years are either entirely gone, or taking a backseat to the new boss.
No, if you’re a Celtics fan you want LeBron to ride off into the sunset out in LA. Not only would this preserve the dynasty that Danny Ainge has been working to cultivate for the past 4+ years, it would also resurrect perhaps the greatest rivalry that the NBA has ever seen. Of course I’m talking about the venerated battle between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Think about it. LeBron James the patriarch, commanding his collection of chess pieces, flanked by young guns like Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, going up against his former student turned master in Kyrie Irving, leading the maturing Boston Celtics.
The poetry here is cinematically intriguing.
It would really be a multifaceted win-win. Kyrie’s supposedly waning interest in playing in Boston would presumably be reinvigorated by the appeal of the rivalry with the Celtics’ arch nemesis, the Lakers, in this scenario headed by the King himself. LeBron would be able to go to Hollywood and gradually recede onto the silver screen, where he is destined to find a life-long career after basketball. Also, such a rivalry coupled with the absence of the ball-hogging LeBron would also serve to further develop the budding young talent of this Boston lineup.
The Celtics have waited a decade for a Championship. Boston has endured an uncommon window of rebuilding. Why squander a homegrown dynasty for maybe a single, stolen Championship, vouchsafed you by LeBron? The better story, both immediately and long-term, would be LeBron James leading the Los Angeles Lakers in battle against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics. Just imagine that NBA Finals victory!
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