Star Power: LeBron is the King of basketball and the media. He shows up on commercials for insurance, sports drinks and even as a puppet in the famed Nike “LeBron and Kobe” adds. James is the guy all men want to be, the one all women want to be with.
He has that “it” factor that allows a certain select few athletes transcend other mediums to become a global icon.
Age Factor: The most important thing about LeBron’s age is that he is so tremendous at such a young age. As his sixth year in the NBA comes to a close, James is still only 25 years old and only getting better.
How He Helps: How doesn’t LeBron help a team win basketball games? Every single night he fills the stat line; from points (29.7) to rebounds (7.3), and assists (8.6), to steals (1.6), the King is the complete and total package.
His numerous awards show just how important LeBron is to his team.
How He Hurts: Okay, it’s hard to find too many places to fault LeBron, but let’s try. He ball-hogs way too much (so does any NBA superstar) and he takes too many shots some nights, acting as an overbearing piece of the Cavs offense.
Style/Teams that make the most sense: New York, New Jersey, Chicago
The Knicks will pursue him as hard as any team, and they have a lot to offer. Any 25-year-old would die to live in New York, let alone be the sports King. And what a palace to call home in the storied Madison Square Garden.
Team Two: New Jersey has a new owner that wants to throw around copious amounts of money to build a winner. Plus, LeBron’s friend Jay-Z is still part owner and the team will be moving to Brooklyn soon, meaning he would still be in New York.
Team Three: A new 23 in Chicago? Okay, so LeBron said he will change his jersey number to six to honor Jordan, but maybe there will be a new King in the Windy City. LeBron, Rose, and whoever else they have next year will be good enough to threaten in the East without a doubt.
How Much He’ll Cost: Simple, Max Deal.