Coming home for a season ago was a sacred ideal for NBA vets. Dwyane Wade arrived in Chicago in 2016. Kyrie Irving’s desire to play with Durant in Brooklyn instead of Madison Square Garden with the New York Knicks was influenced by the New Jersey native’s preference for the New Jersey Nets over the years. via. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard joined the Clippers to pursue their hometown team Los Angeles. Rumor has it that Draymond Green wants to play with the Pistons before he retires.
Last Thursday, while being handed the keys to the city – having just earned his fourth Warrior title – Steph Curry swore that if there was any team he would finish his career on other than Golden State, it would be the Charlotte Hornets.
“Oh no, no, no. I don’t have any news right now, I don’t promise anything. All I’m saying is if there’s a team I want to play on that isn’t called the Warriors, [the Hornets] will be it. That’s all I can say about it,” Curry explained.
Of course, this was probably just a fleeting moment when Steph was caught up in emotion and fluency, but it raised an eyebrow. Curry has always shown grace with chasing and surpassing his father’s footsteps. Dell Curry is one of the NBA’s best shooters but spent most of his career from 1988 to 1998 for the Charlotte Hornets. Steph likely took half a decade to hang up her shirt, which makes it difficult to predict what Hornet would look like at the time.
Steph’s desire to imitate his father is the opposite of LeBron’s pursuit of his son at the start of his professional career. While Steph was too enamored with the idea of playing out his career as Lamelo Ball’s sidekick for a season or two, another generational talent of this era was also born in the same Akron hospital.
LeBron leaving Cleveland is the equivalent of Jordan’s retirements; he just keeps coming back. LeBron left Cleveland for the second time in 2016, but Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland shot this team’s trajectory into the stratosphere in ways that won’t reverberate until next season. The key to Cleveland being unlocked lies in the fact that Evan Mobley is developing into a bigger scorer and assister, but in 2021 he’s already unleashing his All-Defensive and All-NBA potential. . By 2024, he could be the full-fledged Tim Duncan prototype.
Mitchell can’t be #1 in a true championship contender, but he could be #2 when Mobley turns into his superstar mode. Mitchell is on the level of Kyrie Irving. He’s another world goalscorer, but he’s been in charge of the defence for several years now.
Above all, their skills did not overlap. Jarrett Allen found his niche as an anchor for one of the NBA’s top guard teams. Allen set a career high of 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds and set the tone for a line-up that was fifth in defensive ratings until Allen went down. Unlike Steph, LeBron is not engaged to Los Angeles. LeBron should have considered The Land as his final resting place. Steph was born in Akron Ohio, but LeBron was raised there. During his playing career, he took the Cavs to the next level. Not many destinations can provide him with the conditions to create a proper farewell tour and a deep playoff. Cleveland can.
Despite being on track to eliminate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, the depth of this Cavs roster could give LeBron the ability to step back and act as a support. more support. Their new infrastructure would be appealing to an older LeBron. Having led Cleveland to an inevitable title in his maiden debut, 39-year-old LeBron would be a personal fit for the Garland-Mitchell-Allen-Mobley Cavs. There is a gap in that formation for a flexible point forward. As the most talented 37-year-old player in NBA history, LeBron shows no significant signs of slowing down. In 2020, he leads the league in assists. Two years later, he ranked first in scoring. A Bronny-Bron Cleveland double whale would also make sense. Ohio is where Bronny spent the first 14 years of his life.
From 2003 to 2010, LeBron went through his rough years. From 2010 to 2018, LeBron flourished in Cleveland and South Beach. Since 2018, he’s had a complicated tenure with the Lakers. However, the earliest LeBron could even consider the Cavs would be 2024 when his player selection could be made. He will leave millions on the table to sign with Cleveland, but that will always happen if he leaves the Lakers.
It’s very likely the Lakers can’t trade Russell Westbrook for a shooter and Anthony Davis only played half the season. If 2022 repeats with 2021, the Lakers can start the playoffs watching from home, leaving LeBron plenty of time to consider a second reunion.