CLEVELAND, Ohio – One of LeBron James former teammates says the rest of the NBA will regret the disrespect its show the King.
During Monday’s episode of ESPN’s “Get Up!,” Richard Jefferson, who played with James on the Cavaliers from 2015 to 2017, proclaimed that James will be “the best player in basketball next year, again.”
“I think he understands the disrespect,” Jefferson said. “He’s felt it over the course of his career, at different levels. Now, it’s like ‘Oh, you’re old. You’re not that guy anymore’.”
In a recent ESPN poll of 20 NBA executives, coaches and scouts, none of them chose James as the best player in the league, while not one chose the Lakers to win the NBA Championship.
“But, I think, really and truly, he’s more focused on proving to people that basketball is the most important thing to him,” Jefferson continued. “And, the only way to do that is to go and destroy as many people as possible.”
James will get his chancer early on. The Lakers open the season against Kawhi Leonard and the new look Los Angeles Clippers.