LeBron James to the Lakers? Yes, This Is a Rumor That’s Actually Going Around Right Now

From now until the time he retires, LeBron James' free agency decisions will be covered with the fervor of a presidential election or, say, an NBA prospect's loud-ass dad. This has been the case for a long time. Because of this well established fact—oh, and probably because the Cavs currently find themselves in a 3-0 Finals hole—rumors are seeping out about where LeBron will take his talents to next when he's a free agent in the summer of 2018 (yes, over a year from now).

Those rumors, which certainly won't be the last, have the current Cavs' star heading to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers. The other rumor that came out on Thursday has him going to…oh, also L.A., but this time to the Clippers. Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer relayed the chatter, which has reportedly been floating around NBA circles. O'Connor also made reference to a nearly year-old Yahoo article from Adrian Wojnarowski that said there was a belief throughout the league that James wouldn't remain in Cleveland for the remainder of his career. 

If you keep up with your LBJ rumors, this shouldn't come as a total shock, unless you expect him to somehow convince Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade to come to Ohio.

O'Connor also talked about some comments Jalen Rose made on First Take this week, where he said he thought LeBron would eventually play in Cali because he has a house a half an hour away from the Staples Center (the same one that got vandalized):

After the completion of the 2017-18 season, LeBron will have a player option for the 2018-19 campaign worth $35.6 million.

But perhaps LeBron doesn't think Cleveland will stay competitive in the future. Or *clears throat loudly* perhaps he likes the attention. Or perhaps he's just sick of the narrative of “Why can't LeBron James win titles?!” even when everybody knows it's kind of a BS point because he's going up against a Finals opponent that's clearly superior.

It's up to you to decide how fact-based these statements are. That's kind of the thing with LeBron: everything about him becomes news.

Anyway, have fun going through this all over again, Cavs fans.

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LeBron James Jokes About Missing Wide-Open Dunk Against Celtics

Just two days after putting up an abysmal 11-point performance against the Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James rebounded to score 34 points in Game 4 on Tuesday night. He overcame some early foul trouble to finish 15-of-27 from the field and hit a bunch of key shots in the second half to help the Cavaliers win 112-99 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. But LeBron very easily could have finished the game with even more points than that.

With just over four minutes to go in the game, Kevin Love grabbed a rebound off a missed Avery Bradley jump shot. He then turned and threw the perfect outlet pass to LeBron, who had worked his way behind the Celtics defenders at the other end of the court. LeBron caught the pass and had an opportunity for a wide-open dunk to give the Cavaliers the lead. And then, well, this happened:

LeBron tried to throw a dunk down with so much force that he missed it and gave the ball right back to the Celtics. It was an odd sequence of events and got quite the reaction on Twitter:

During his post-game press conference, LeBron was asked if he has ever missed a dunk like that before, and he joked that he has. He also joked that, despite the missed dunk, he still thinks he’s made more dunks in his career than he’s missed.

“I think I missed one in Boston before,” he said. “I’ve missed a couple dunks in my career. I think I’ve made more than I’ve missed, though, so the percentages are pretty good.”

LeBron is right. He has missed a few dunks in the past. Like this one against the Bobcats:

And this one against the Lakers:

And this one against the Thunder:

But he’s also had his fair share of success when it’s come to making dunks. So he’s allowed to miss one every now and then, right? Eh, just don't tell that to all the Michael Jordan fans out there.

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