Though he’s only played for two franchises during his 13-year NBA career to date, LeBron James has already had a wide array of teammates.
Here’s a list of some teammates who finished second in scoring to LeBron during a given season: Zydrunas Illgauskas, Larry Hughes, Mo Williams, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Kyrie Irving. That’s a pretty eclectic mix, no?
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LeBron has had plenty of success with the teams he’s played for, but if he could pick any team in NBA history to join up with, which one would it be?
That was the question posed to King James during a recent appearance on the Open Run podcast. Think of all the legendary teams LeBron could have chosen from—the Bulls dynasty of the 90s, the Kobe and Shaq-led Lakers, the Bill Russell-era Celtics who won 11 titles in 13 years.
However, LeBron went with a flashier choice. “Give me the ’85 Lakers,” he said.
Also known as the “Showtime Lakers,” the Lakers of the 80s won five NBA championships between 1980 and 1988. The 1985 squad was especially dominant, led by a big three of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy. The Showtime Lakers used an up-tempo offense that capitalized on fast breaks, and it’s hard to imagine that a supreme athlete like LeBron James would not have thrived in that system.
What historical NBA team would you like to see LeBron play for?
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