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What Will LeBron James Do?

Submitted by on June 17, 2014 – 12:04 pmNo Comment

It happened again.

And, again, it’s not LeBron James fault.

He did everything he possibly could in 2007 against the San Antonio Spurs but had no help and watched as his Cavs were swept out of the NBA Finals. In 2014, things haven’t changed that much. A cast of different faces in new places couldn’t help King James get past the Spurs as Tim Duncan took a 2-1 NBA Finals lead against James as the Heat lost in five games. James tried his best but Chris Bosh, a hampered Dwyane Wade and a cast of role players couldn’t do a thing against the well oiled machine in San Antonio.

So here James is again. He’s 2-3 in the NBA Finals and has reached yet another crossroads in his career. With Wade breaking down and James looking like he has to shoulder the weight of the team, what will the possible free agent do? Should he remain in Miami? It’s obvious that this team isn’t going to run away with “not 3, not 4, not 5″ championships as it looks like their best days are behind them. Of course, there’s a chance that they are able to coerce Carmelo Anthony to take a seat at Pat Riley‘s table. But that’s going to take a whole lot of financial sacrifice from the team. And, even still, that doesn’t guarantee anything.

There’s been talk about James returning to the city he scorned in Cleveland. With yet another #1 draft pick, the Cavs could be a team of the future with Kyrie Irving leading the way. Bringing James back into the mix would be a storybook homecoming, but the youth of the team could force James into a few frustrating seasons before he’s back in title contention.

The thing about LeBron James is that he’s set himself up nicely off the court so money is not an issue. He can afford to take a pay cut if it means that a proper team can be built around him. He’s tasted NBA gold before and he surely wants it again. However, what he does and where he ends up could be a pretty significant element to his legacy. As long as he knows not to televise his “Decision” again, he won’t receive the same scrutiny he did for making a circus out of free agency.

He’s much wiser and aware of his surroundings. As much as we’d like to think that LeBron is all about loyalty, it’s all about winning. Knowing that his running mate has a pair of bad wheels is problematic. The challenges this year with Wade sitting out multiple games at a time resulted in the Heat still getting dragged out to the barnyard and shot down by the Spurs. James’ minutes are ridiculously high and if he wants to preserve his body, he’s going to need some help.

Is Carmelo Anthony the answer? Perhaps. But what LeBron James needs now is more role players who can eat up minutes when he’s not on the court. Picking up Michael Beasley and Greg Oden did nothing for the Heat. If it weren’t for James, this team wouldn’t have made it close to this far and he knows it. But now’s the time to consider all options and find the best situation. Being better than Jordan shouldn’t weigh in on his decision.

Just win baby. Just win.

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