ESPN anchor Stephen A. Smith did another one of his signature monologues/rants this time about LeBron James as the superstar is set to enter free agency yet again.
After leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010, James has been on several short-term contracts with people wondering each year where he’ll end up. With the Cavaliers having issues going up against the Megatron Golden State Warriors, there are reports that James could skip town yet again as he has reportedly refused to commit to Cleveland.
“I happen to believe that LeBron James is the best player in the world, mad respect for him. There is nothing that I will ever say that takes away from his greatness as a player, as an iconic figure, as a role model. I don’t have any issues, but I’m speaking specifically about competition,” Smith began his rant. “I’m gonna miss LeBron James when he’s gone, he brings that level of aura to a basketball game, but I’m tired of people avoiding the real elephant in the room. This man if he’s talking about leaving, assuming he’s gonna leave, and I don’t think he’s gonna leave Cleveland, but if he ends up leaving, whether it’s to Philadelphia, or whether it’s to San Antonio, or whether it’s to Houston or whatever. When is somebody gonna sit up there and just say, you know what, all this dude wants to do is have a stacked deck?”
There have been reports that LeBron could possibly team up with James Harden on the Houston Rockets or with Kawhi Leonard on the San Antonio Spurs. Some fans have complained that LeBron is constantly trying to build a superteam and it began with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat.
“LeBron James is a businessman and he’s probably a billionaire or definitely in route to being a billionaire, and the more you win the more you’re in the public eye,” Smith continued. “You’re able to essentially manufacture that level of success on the court into incredible business opportunities which he’s done arguably better than almost anyone. But because of that he constantly wants to find himself in a winning situation where if he’s willing to leave again, if he’s willing to move again, you’re a mercenary. That’s what you are and maybe we should start talking about you that way because excuse me, how much do you need?”
“You’re the best in the world and you got cats that can play with you!” Smith screamed talking about Kevin Love, Isaiah Thomas, and others. “No, he does not owe us anything, but I’m sick and tired of, ‘alright where the hell is LeBron going?’ When is LeBron gonna get tired of us asking where is he going?”
Max Kellerman offered an opposing take. He talked about Kobe Bryant almost leaving the Lakers but staying when they brought in Pau Gasol. Kellerman noted that the league is all about superteams these days and you need a stacked team in order to compete.
“Kobe couldn’t do it alone, Shaq couldn’t do it alone, Jordan couldn’t do it alone. Even sometimes with a good team, you need more if there’s another team with multiple top ten players. If you wanna win championships, you need to stack the deck,” Kellerman said.