Sam Smith: Also Sampling the Lincecum Weed
This column slipped under the radar a bit, but when I read it this morning, I had to share. Sam Smith, best-selling author of “The Jordan Rules” and full-time blogger for the Chicago Bulls, writes in a column this past week that everyone has it wrong when it comes to where the most logical place for LeBron James is.
New York? Please. New Jersey? Psh. Cleveland? Whatever.
Smith writes that the best place for LeBron is in Los Angeles. The Clippers! Of course! But didn’t Bill Simmons already pose that idea for LeBron last year? Wait, no… he meant the… Lakers?
As a born and bred lover of the purple and gold, obviously that would tickle my fancy. But it’s a pipe dream and I can’t believe that Smith got away with mailing in a column so blatantly.
The Cavaliers are not going to do a sign-and-trade with anyone unless James made it very clear in season that he was planning to move on. But he won’t do that because once that leaked, the uproar would be overwhelming.
Even if that magically happened, the Lakers probably don’t have the pieces to get it done. Sure, trade Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum and Jordan Farmar. But couldn’t the Cavs do better? Cleveland would want a package that keeps them competitive in the East, and any Lakers package not including Pau Gasol won’t get it done.
Even if THAT worked out, can you imagine Kobe Bryant with LeBron? Sure, that looks swell on paper, but who becomes the sidekick? Can you see Kobe bowing to his obvious successor? Can you see the best player in the league (James) acquiescing to Bryant and playing a lesser role? And does Gasol get any shots in that offense? Probably not many.
Nice try, Sam Smith. But as much as I want to see No. 23 in the colors of my beloved Lakers, I’m not falling for it. Not this time. Not after all we’ve been through.