LeBron James May Not Win NBA Title With Los Angeles Lakers

Sekou Smith believes that LeBron James may have won his last NBA title

Reiter Than You
October 30, 2018 - 11:15 am

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The last time LeBron James left Cleveland, he joked about winning “not five, not six, not seven” NBA titles with the Heat. He has made so such jokes as a Laker – in part because he turns 34 this season, sure, but also because, well, he may have won his last NBA title.

“I don’t know if he wins any,” NBA TV analyst Sekou Smith said on Reiter Than You. “The Warriors are still there, a road block for everything that you want to do if you’re the Lakers, the Rockets or anybody else. The Warriors don’t budge and they keep doing Warriors things – like adding Boogie Cousins. I don’t know if anybody in the West is getting past them. They’ve been vulnerable the last couple of years. It’s not like they’ve run people in the West off the floor. They needed to go to seven games against Houston.They needed Chris Paul to be injured in order to make sure they got through. I’m not saying there’s no shot, but it’s going to be difficult to get past the Warriors if you’re LeBron James and the Lakers – and that's just to get out of the West, let alone to get through the Finals and win a championship.”

Indeed, the Warriors have won three of the last four NBA titles and just added DeMarcus Cousins, who last year averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks with the Pelicans. Cousins tore his Achilles in January – which is one of the worst injuries a basketball player can suffer – but Smith doesn't think it will affect Cousins as much as it would other big men.

“Of all the big men who could have suffered this injury – DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard, Joel Embiid – big men who are capable of playing above the rim and dominating above and around the rim, Antony Davis – Boogie plays the least above the rim of all those big men,” Smith said. “I don’t know that it affects the way he operates the way it would some of those other guys. I think Boogie can still be really effective even coming off that injury because it’s not like he’s up swatting shots all day and skying above the rim and rebounding. He’s a space eater. He’s always been a space-eater. 

“That’s really where his value lies for the Warriors,” Smith continued. “He’s much like what Andrew Bogut was for the Warriors a few years ago but obviously much more talented offensively. He’s a humongous body that they get to use and position their guys on the floor to take advantage of all those different spaces (where) you find shots around a player like Boogie.”