When LeBron James’ playing career ends, he may turn his talents to NBA ownership.
But his experience playing on super teams in Miami and Cleveland and competing against dynasties in San Antonio and Golden State has not turned him off to the concept of stockpiling talent.
In fact, if he gets that chance, James said he will follow the same model as the Warriors, who added 2014 MVP Kevin Durant to a roster that already included All-Stars Stephen Curry, a two-time MVP, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
“I mean, listen, it happens. It’s sports. You have an opportunity to sign one of the best players, and you can do it, go ahead and do it. Why not?” James said Thursday. “If I become an owner, I’m going to try to sign everybody.”
The Warriors hold a 3-0 lead on the Cavaliers going into Friday’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena and are on the verge of winning their second championship in three years. A year ago, they set a league record with 73 regular-season victories, but lost to the Cavs in a seven-game Final. On Friday, the Warriors could become the first team to finish the postseason undefeated.
James doesn’t agree that the Warriors’ acquisition of Durant was unfair. He pointed out that Golden State built through the draft, used the salary cap exception known as “Bird rights” to retain players who have spent continuous time on the team, then signed the league’s most coveted free agent last summer.
“It’s part of the rules,” James said Thursday at the Q. “The best thing with Golden State’s situation … three of their best players were already drafted, so they were able to hold on to them because they own the Bird rights. So they’re able to keep Steph, Klay and Draymond and able to go out and sign someone else by getting rid of a couple pieces in Harrison Barnes and not re-signing [Leandro] Barbosa and [Andrew] Bogut and guys from last year’s team.”
SOURCE: Marla Ridenour
Akron Beacon Journal