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The Summer of LeBron has Begun

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LeBron is a free agent, which means the NBA summer will be dominated by speculation on where he’ll end up next year.

Everyone has a theory on where LeBron James will play next season. The real answer is no one knows. James shook up the basketball world once when he joined the Miami Heat only to set things right when he rejoined the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Now, after delivering Cleveland it’s first and only championship in any sport, LeBron is stuck on a less-than-talented team that just got swept out of the Finals by the almighty Golden State Warriors.

With a quick exit of the Finals and back-to-back losses to a Warriors team that doesn’t look to be going anywhere, James has a decision to make. Does he stay on the Cavaliers and once again lead drag his team to the NBA Finals only to lose or does he leave and join a team with more firepower to throw at Golden State.

The decision comes down to his mindset and what he wants most out of the rest of his career. This choice will have a lot to do with his family, which James has already said would play a big role in his ultimate decision. But when looking at all of James’ options, only a few make sense but for very different reasons.

The choice he has to make can be broken down into three potential desired outcomes.

  • Rings
  • Legacy
  • Business

 

Rings:

If the King is concerned with chasing rings right now there are two destinations that make the most sense, Houston and Boston. The Houston Rockets were up on the Warriors 3-2 when they lost Chris Paul to a hamstring injury. Many people believe the Rockets would’ve been in the Finals if Paul were healthy.

Although the West is tougher to conquer, adding the King to a team with James Harden and CP3 would likely be enough to take down the champs. However, the Rockets would have to give up a couple of parts of their successful squad to do so, but adding LeBron would certainly make up for anything they would lose.

The Boston Celtics are another fit that makes sense if James is chasing a ring. The baby Celtics coached by Brad Stevens took LeBron and Co. to a hard-fought seven games before finally succumbing to the King’s will. But what they proved is that they have enough young talent and leadership on the sidelines to compete with the NBA’s best. Add LeBron to that mix in the Eastern Conference and the Celtics would easily make it back to the Finals with a legitimate chance to dethrone the Dubs.

 

Legacy:

This scenario is simple. If LeBron just wants to be a ruler who’s loved, then he stays put in Cleveland and does the best he can with what he’s got. That may mean dragging his team back to the Finals only to lose, but he’d be revered even more than he already is in Ohio and loyalty would end up being a huge part of his overall legacy.

 

Business:

The final scenario lands James in L.A. With all of LeBron’s business ventures, including producing and acting in Hollywood, it seems like the best place for him to be to continue to focus on his post-playing career would be Los Angeles.

James has a home in L.A., his son Bronny James has committed to Sierra Canyon High School to play basketball, and his business partner, Maverick Carter, has an office at Warner Brothers Studios.

It’s important to note LeBron and his businesses have been just fine with him in Miami and Cleveland but if he’s ready to kick things up a notch in that area, there’s no better place than tinseltown.

 

At the end of the day, no one really knows where LeBron will play next year; heck, even he may not know. But any decision he makes will come down to whether he wants more rings, to fortify his legacy, or to look beyond basketball to his career afterward.

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Big O's 1971 title ring sells for $91K at auction

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NEW YORK — Oscar Robertson’s 1971 NBA championship ring has sold for a little more than $91,000 in an auction.

The ring the Hall of Fame guard won with Milwaukee for his only NBA title was the top seller from a collection of his items in the Lelands.com 2018 Invitational Auction.

Robertson’s Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame ring sold for about $60,000, and one of his game-used Bucks jerseys went for a little more than $50,000 in the auction that ended early Saturday.

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Oscar Robertson's 1971 NBA title ring sells for $91,000 in auction

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NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Robertson’s 1971 NBA championship ring has sold for a little more than $91,000 in an auction.

The ring the Hall of Fame guard won with Milwaukee for his only NBA title was the top seller from a collection of his items in the Lelands.com 2018 Invitational Auction.

Robertson’s Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame ring sold for about $60,000 and one of his game-used Bucks jerseys went for a little more than $50,000 in the auction that ended early Saturday.

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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving to visit Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving is set to visit the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, where his late mother was once part of the tribe.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will hold a ceremony for Irving on Thursday in honor of his first visit to the reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

Irving’s late mother, Elizabeth Ann Larson, left the tribe after her adoption as a child.

The tribe says Irving supported the Dakota Access pipeline protests that attracted thousands of demonstrators just outside the reservation.

Irving recently released a version of his basketball shoes with a Standing Rock seal on the heels.

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