As everyone and their mom joins the debate and chimes in with their thoughts on where Lebron should play next year, I have the perfect team in mind that nobody is talking about.
The Harlem Globetrotters .
Yep, the Harlem Globetrotters .
Allow me to explain.
Lebron will be the best player on the Globetrotters. In fact, if he sticks with the team, he could go down as the greatest Globetrotter of all time.
His teammates will love him. As in Cleveland , the Trotters will love and respect and admire Lebron like no one else. They will follow his lead like sheep.
Lebron will win, and he will win a lot. So what if the Globetrotters aren’t a part of any playoff system and don’t participate in any tournaments? Lebron will get his chance to win without the added pressure of any ‘must-win’ games. The 40 point drubbings of the Washington Generals will continue.
The King can showboat all he wants. While he is one of the few stars in the game who rarely, if ever takes a night off, his thunderous dunks and ridiculous, well documented come-from-behind blocks will be as appreciated as ever by fans looking for style over substance. Those half-court underhanded pregame shots? You can take em in the game now, King!
He’ll still make his money. You mean to tell me Nike wouldn’t and couldn’t start a new multi-kazzilion dollar campaign around the Globetrotters with LBJ as the centerpiece? The Chosen One is as marketable as it gets and one of, if not THE most popular athletes in the world. If he joined a professional water polo league the masses would show up to watch.
He can still do that chalk thing before games. As far as I know, the Globetrotters have no provisions against chalk clouds on the court. This is very important.
Last, and perhaps most importantly, Lebron James will be the star of stars each and every night, the center of attention, the end all and be all of every game he laces em up to play for the Harlem Globetrotters. He’s an international icon already with his freakish athletic ability, his fun on-court persona, and his endless stream of Nike, Gatorade, and Sportscenter ads. Nothing will change.
What does he have to lose?
After all, he’s never won anything.
So Lebron’s choice? It’s a no-brainer—it’s got to be the Globetrotters.