The king gets to do king things, as reported by last night on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” Brian Windhorst has said that LeBron has started the recruiting process of 76er forward Jimmy Butler and Raptors star forward Kawhi Leonard.The latter of which is still in the playoffs and coming off of a dominate game 5 to give the Raptors a 3-2 series lead over the Bucks.
My Take: I’ve long been a LeBron James stan. He’s been my favorite player since he entered the league in 03 and I was 9. This is interesting to me. LeBron has never really had to recruit anyone since Chris Bosh. Wade stayed in Miami and had his friend Lebron come there. When he returned to Cleveland, Kyrie was already under contract and they traded for Wolves big man Kevin Love. Last year he missed out, KD was always going back to Golden State, Paul George resigned with the Thunder a few days before LeBron signed with the Lakers. So now that he has a lot time to do something that has been spoken of in the NBA since 2010 when he helped create that Miami Heat “Super” team. Recruit.
This summer will show a lot about what the rest of the league thinks about playing with LeBron and the exceptions that come with it. Will he be able to convince top flight players like Leonard and Butler or will the king and the Lakers have to “settle” for someone like Kemba Walker? Notice settle is in quotations as Kemba is a very good player, but doesn’t have the name value that Kawhi and Jimmy have. Then you throw in the Kyrie factor. At this point a Celtics return seems unlikely for Irving.Plus him and LeBron both mentioned that they have talked and squashed whatever lead to Kyrie demanding a trade out of Cleveland. Its crazy in 2019 that we are talking about LeBron and basketball and discussing something he’s never done, well at least by himself anyway. Recruit. The NBA has the best off season for a reason and 2019 will be no different. Will Kevin Durant actually leave the Warriors, will Butler and Harris stay with Philly, is Kawhi staying or going in Toronto and perhaps most importantly who will win the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes. Now we add another question, can LeBron James successfully recruit by himself? Only time will tell, but at the very least he has a head start.