Former NBA power forward Charles Oakley knows a thing or two about NBA superstars. And in his mind, LeBron James is already planning his exit from LA.
Oakley, now 58, spent a decade alongside Knicks great Patrick Ewing, and he considers Michael Jordan to be amongst his best friends. He’s generally in the know, so when Oak speaks, people listen.
“He left twice. He’ll leave again,” Oakley said of LeBron James, via SiriusXM NBA Radio.
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Oakley believes that LeBron only wants to play with teams that have a realistic chance at a championship, and that’s not gonna happen in LA. At least not now. With a record below .500 (24-27), the Lakers are currently the ninth-best team in the Western Conference.
Oakley isn’t exactly grasping at straws with his prediction. Any time a LeBron team has begun to underperform, he’s taken his ball and gone elsewhere. Cleveland, Miami, Cleveland again…
And now, Los Angeles?
“You know LeBron, his legacy right now is he definitely wants to win a championship before he retires,” said Oakley.
Rather than hang around Los Angeles playing in otherwise meaningless games, James seems poised to change teams once again, possibly even head back to the Cavaliers for round three.
“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,” assures Oakley.
Not exactly a Hollywood exit.
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