RUMOR: LeBron James will leave Lakers, threatens former Knicks All-Star
With the Los Angeles Lakers in all sorts of trouble right now, there have been whispers of LeBron James looking to jump ship. New York Knicks icon Charles Oakley seems to think so, and the former All-Star was not shy about expressing his belief in The King eventually leaving Hollywood.
According to Oakley, one of the most important things that remain on LeBron’s checklist before he hangs it up would be to win another championship. Oakley isn’t completely confident that James will be able to achieve this with the Lakers and this is exactly why the 58-year-old believes that LeBron is going to part ways with the team sooner rather than later:
“You know LeBron, his legacy right now is he definitely wants to win a championship before he retires,” Oaklay claimed on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “He might leave LA to get it. I don’t know if it will be Cleveland, could be somewhere else. He left twice. He’ll leave again.”
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For what it’s worth, Oakley did say that he believes that the Lakers are still capable of turning their season around to win the title. Injuries have been one of the biggest hurdles for this team and a healthy LA squad, at least according to Oakley, is still capable of winning it all this year.
Oakley did hint at a sensational return to Cleveland for the Akron, Ohio-born LeBron James. We all know what LeBron did during his last stint with the Cavaliers and in truth, I guess it would only be poetic if he ends his career where it all started.
As Oakley so conveniently points out, LeBron has done it in the past, so in the mind of the former All-Defense big man, there’s nothing stopping James from walking away from the Lakers, especially if they do not achieve ultimate success this season. LBJ already won a title for LA, and the fact that he turned his back from his beloved Cavaliers twice in the past (incidentally, he did so for the second time exactly two seasons after winning the chip) only means that he is more than capable of doing the same for the Lakers.