LeBron James laughs at video of former Cavs teammates Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye
Los Angeles Lakers superstar small forward LeBron James still keeps up with old friends Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye. All three of them shared the same change-room inside Quicken Loans Arena for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but even though they all now play for different franchises, James’ still finds time in his busy schedule to laugh at his former teammates antics.
This summer, James was the biggest story in the league as he swapped Ohio for Hollywood, Frye returned to the Cavaliers in a feel good addition, and as for Jefferson, his future remains unclear as he is currently unsigned after completing last campaign with the Denver Nuggets.
The trio famously won the NBA championship together in 2016 after coming back from three-games- to-one down and beating the 73-win Golden State Warriors. The Cavs won Game 7 inside Oracle Arena in Oakland, and James was crowned NBA Finals MVP after leading both teams in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks for the series.
Jefferson played a vital part in that championship also, as he replaced Cavs’ power forward Kevin Love during the series and performed brilliantly in his absence. Frye struggled to see minutes due to matchups, but was a constant voice in the locker room that willed the Cavs back to victory after they were down and out.
The championship parade seems like only yesterday, but the three players will now embark on different stages of their careers. James has taken the challenge of moving to the Western Conference and trying to help the Lakers win their 17th NBA championship. It won’t be easy as the Lakers’ young core is riddled with inexperience and question marks, so this move may be James’ biggest test to date.
Frye is currently at the ripe old age of 35, entering the latter stages of his career. His mission in Cleveland will to keep them relevant and competitive, as well as helping along promising rookie Colin Sexton with his mentorship and calming presence.
As for Jefferson, his future remains largely unknown. It is rumoured he may call it a day on his career and move into commentating, podcasting, coaching or something else basketball related, but this is still undecided.
Whatever happens for the rest of their careers the trio will still remain great friends and will forever be a part of NBA history, bringing the city of Cleveland their first NBA championship.