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Why LeBron James Should Come To the Los Angeles Clippers

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Kyle MillerContributor IJuly 2, 2010

The Los Angeles Clippers seem to be one of the most unlikely destinations for top free agent LeBron James in the eyes of the public. And the Clippers may even be low on LeBron's list, but if Lebron uses his knowledge, he will realize that the Clippers would be one of the best places to play.

The Clippers have never won an NBA championship.

Not even while they were in Buffalo or in San Diego. The franchise has always been overshadowed by its neighbors with 17 championships—the Lakers.

There are only three Hall of Famers who have played on the Clippers/Braves for a significant amount of time: Adrian Dantley, Bob McAdoo, and Bill Walton.

Dantley was a member of the Braves during his first couple of seasons in the NBA. McAdoo was on the Braves for the early stages of his career only to leave soon after, and Bill Walton—who was on the Clippers during the middle of his career but failed to win a championship—is better known for his championship with the Blazers and his championship with the Celtics.

The Los Angeles Clippers lack a true superstar and a face of the franchise. They need a Michael Jordanesque figure and obviously, LeBron could be that. The current Clippers roster on paper is pretty impressive.

They have veteran point guard Baron Davis. Eric Gordon is the team's shooting guard, and he is a great young player. LeBron could be the team's small forward with Blake Griffin as the power forward. Even though, Griffin's coming off season—ending surgery due to a broken kneecap.

And at center you have Chris Kaman who had a very impressive 2009-10 season.

Also, the bench has options such as rookie Al-Farouq Aminu, Travis Outlaw, Steve Blake (if he re—signs), and Drew Gooden (who recently agreed to a deal). They can also sign a couple of role players during free agency for the bench.

Try to convince me that this team isn't better than what he had in Cleveland.

In New York, he will most likely have nobody playing around him because it seems that highly coveted free agent Chris Bosh is leaning towards following Dwyane Wade in Miami or a possible sign—and—trade to an instant contender such as the Houston Rockets.

LeBron just isn't going to Miami if Wade returns to the Heat.

While the Nets could be a good fit, the Clippers have a better squad. It would be great for him to play with Brook Lopez and Devin Harris but the Clippers situation is better.

The Bulls could be a nice fit as well but to be perfectly honest, if I were in his shoes, I would not want to go to an organization where he will have to live up to Michael Jordan's legacy.

There is just about no possible way that he could accomplish more than Jordan did in Chicago.

Point guard Derrick Rose would probably be the single best player he could play alongside, but the Clippers would have a truly stacked roster with LeBron there.

The Clippers did finish with a poor 29—53 record last season. However, LeBron would significantly change that. Last season they didn't have the 2009 No. 1 overall draft pick Blake Griffin, and Eric Gordon missed a decent amount of games due to injury.

The Knicks didn't do well last season, neither did the Bulls or Heat do all that well and we all know how the Nets did (12 wins). The opportunity is there in LA to be the face of the franchise.

Unlike Cleveland, the Clippers have a balanced lineup.

The Cavaliers had Mo Williams at the point, who is the least clutch player in the NBA and never shows up in the playoffs.

Who's their shooting guard? Delonte West? Anthony Parker? Those two don't compare to Eric Gordon. At power forward the Cavs had Antawn Jamison who was an absolute joke in Cleveland in his first season.

They also had Shaq who is probably on his way out anyway.

Honestly, it will be a little tougher to win in Los Angeles than in Chicago, but as long as LeBron succeeds as a Clipper, he will have a chance to create his own legacy.

Also, he will definitely make southern California fans leave the Lakers' bandwagon and hop on to the Clippers' wagon with LeBron driving.

I would love to see LeBron in a Clippers jersey so that we can see a shift in the league. Instead of seeing the Lakers and Celtics in the championship every single season, it would be nice to see teams like the Clippers, Kings, and Thunder competing for championships.

You may say that having small market teams being the top teams in the league is bad. It probably will be bad for the league at first, but I can guarantee you that it will eventually turn around.

 

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