Player Preview: Lebron James

Business.  That is the word that comes to mind and will sum up this season for LeBron James.  Business will be the main topic when discussing LeBron.  LeBron James is the best player in the league right now.  The greatest of our generation and what he means to Cleveland can’t even be explained in words.  When LeBron steps onto the court, it is nothing but business for him.  He has one job when he steps on that court and he will tell you exactly what it is – win.  LeBron James, entering his 12th season in the league, has always been a fierce competitor.  Which is why he jettisoned Cleveland for Miami in 2010.  Lebron James doesn’t step on the court and look to please people or make much out of what people say about him. He shows up to work, does his job, and goes home. He is the heart and soul of this Cleveland team and he wants to bring the city he calls home its first championship since 1964.

Unfinished business.  That is what will be mentioned when you talk about Lebron James in 2016.  He came back home and led the dismantled, depleted Cavaliers within two wins of a championship.  He carried the team on his back and averaged 35.8 ppg, 13.3 rpg, and 8.8 apg during the finals.  That is hard to do with a player on a video game, and he did it in real life.  We saw him collapse on the court after a win over the Hawks after carrying the team to a victory. LeBron leaves it all on the court.

Lebron’s first season since returning to Cleveland was marred by distractions.  He and David Blatt don’t get along.  He doesn’t like Kevin Love.  He and D-Wade will reunite after seeing them talk after the Heat beat the Cavaliers on Christmas.  All of these were brought to light and James basically said the same thing each time.  He is here to win games.  He wants to win no matter who or what is around him.  That unfinished business will show even more so this season as he came up just short in 2015.  His “secret” motivation during the NBA finals (which is still unknown) will be the focal point of the 2015-2016 campaign.  For the sake of playing the game, I believe that the motivation was the fact that LeBron wasn’t selected to win his 5th MVP award.  Lebron knows he is the best player in the game today, as he stated during the finals last season with the Cavaliers.  This season will be all about revenging not only his MVP loss but his finals loss as well.  Lebron doesn’t need any extra motivation for this season, so I would look out NBA because the King is coming to reclaim his throne in 2016.

 

Ian Tumey

@Ian_Tumey

@CST_IanT

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