The King. The Land. When that is gone, what’s next?
Many fans will look back at LeBron James’ career and call it one of the greatest in the history of the NBA. With 14 all-star selections, 4 MVP awards, 3 Finals MVP awards, and 3 NBA titles (one coming against a friggin’ juggernaut), James has cemented his legacy into the minds of all NBA fans alike. But what will this league be like when he is gone? How can we move on from such an incredible run of dominance by one of the greatest athletes ever? While it may seem like there will never be another player like LeBron, that is exactly what people were saying when Michael Jordan retired. There may not be a player like LeBron, but maybe there will be one better…
There are many things to be excited about for the future of the NBA, and LeBron James has set the stage.
Role Model LeBron
Ever since LeBron James entered the league in 2003, kids everywhere have aspired to be just like him. Wearing his jersey everywhere they go, emulating his basketball moves, and wearing his signature sneakers, kids have always looked up to LeBron.
Growing up in Akron, Ohio, LeBron has come out of seemingly nothing, to being one of the most successful athletes in the history of sports. Not only has James made a living out of playing in the NBA, but he could still not make a cent in the league and be a very rich man. From teaming up with Nike to create his own line of shoe, to starring in movies with Amy Schumer, to part-owning a successful pizza franchise in Blaze Pizza.
For kids coming out of less-fortunate situations such as LeBron, seeing him have so much success in his life is a truly inspiring feat. This is one reason why LeBron is such a respected player around the league, as he is not reluctant to give back to the community.
With all of these young fans of LeBron James out there, many will try to follow in the footsteps of The King in hopes to find the same kind of success that got LeBron to where he is today.
And who knows…maybe LeBron James Jr. will make it to the league one day.
Current Young Studs
The NBA is beginning to flood with extreme young talent. Kristaps Porzingis, Giannas Antetokounmpo, Ben Simmons and Jayson Tatum have all recently entered the NBA and shown flashes of LeBron James-esque (relax I’m not comparing) talent. Each one of these players have unique qualities that separate themselves from each other, yet dominate the game in the same way. This is how the league works.
Out with the old, and in with the new.
The NBA draft is full of young and hungry players that are just itching to prove to the world that they are among the best players in the world. Every single year 3 or 4 rookies establish themselves as immediate contributors to an NBA roster, and make a path for themselves to be well underway to achieving their goals.
With established young players like Antetokounmpo, Porzingis, and Karl Anthony-Towns, the league will have plenty of star power. Up-and-coming youngsters Jayson Tatum, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Donovan Mitchell will all continue to grow and become better players and will all eventually become all-stars. With the 2018 draft class and the next crop of college players, however, the game will only continue to change.
With DeAndre Ayton, a 7’1″ long offensive well-oiled machine, Mohamed Bamba, a big man with a record setting wingspan, and possibly the best defensive ability in this past draft, and Luka Doncic, a wing from Slovenia with point guard vision and a strong basketball IQ, the 2018 NBA draft was full of players with game-changing ability.
As we look to the future, there will be more players who will change the game, just as LeBron changed the game when he entered the league in 2003. Players such as Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Bol Bol, and Shareef O’Neill are all unique young players who have captured the attention of basketball fans worldwide.
All of these young players will make a mark on the league, but will they leave behind a legacy the way LeBron did?…
Bringing back the old, creating anew
According to an NBA executive, the league has discussed the possibility of bringing back a franchise in Seattle, or even potentially adding a team in Kansas City. Boy am I all for it.
This would be a major step, as sports fans in Seattle had their NBA team stripped from them in 2008, and Kansas City hasn’t seen an NBA franchise in their city since the Kings moved to Sacramento in 1985.
With all of the talent that graces every team in the league, these two new franchises would not take long to become some of the most popular among fanbases. Seattle fans are known as “the 12th man” in support of their hometown Seahawks, which would make for a great fanbase for an NBA team. On the other spectrum, Kansas City has had much recent success with their sports teams, as the Royals won the World Series in 2015, Sporting KC won the MLS Cup in 2013, and the Chiefs have made the playoffs each of the last 3 years. An NBA team would surely be welcomed back into Kansas City.
With these rumors circulating, the NBA could look extremely different in the coming years and the next face of the NBA might just be suiting up for Kansas City or Seattle.
Saying goodbye to the King
It is going to feel extremely weird in the NBA without LeBron (we’re all still getting over Kobe’s retirement). But, with all the players ready to step up and try to fill his shoes, the league will be in good hands. The executives in the NBA are constantly working tirelessly to come up with new ways to improve the league. This includes new rules, potential expansion teams, and playoff seeding changes. We don’t know what will happen in the future of the NBA, but we can envision what it will be like when LeBron decides to call it a career. Thanks to the future young players of the basketball world, the NBA will be in very good hands.
You better enjoy the rest of LeBron’s career while it lasts, because there may not be another like him
Who do you think LeBron will give the reigns to? Comment below to give your take!