less Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference ...
more BOSTON, MA - MAY 27: Le Bron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Chris Bosh was the third option on those Heat teams.
He averaged 13 shots per game in the four seasons he played with James. Another significant question is how Le Bron and Simmons would work together.
One can argue that the key to unseating a healthy Celtics team as the top contender in the Eastern Conference will lie on the defensive end of the court. The Rockets were able to take them to seven games in large part because they were able to hold them under 100 points in Games 4 and 5.
Look back to the 2016-17 Finals, the one title that Le Bron won without a hand-picked superteam.
FILE - In this June 2, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James (23) dribbles against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif.
While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year's meeting between Le Bron James' Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history.
That kind of roster maneuvering won’t be an option with the Sixers, and Le Bron has never played with a true ball-dominant big man like Embiid.
Amick reports that James was playing through a “serious” bone contusion in his right hand, an injury that was reportedly sustained during Game 2. Le Bron, ice on his knees, feet in an ice bucket, right hand wrapped in ice and a towel over his head is slumped back in his chair.
I hate writing that sentence, because its a quick trip to the hot take waste bin for a lot of people. The burden of proof is squarely on the guy trying to argue against the most physically dominant basketball player since Wilt Chamberlain, and I’m not sure I can find the evidence. It would be difficult to find four guys on this Earth who wouldn’t become a championship contender with James in the fold. Swap out Kyle Korver for JJ Redick, and Jordan Clarkson for Ben Simmons, and Tristan Thompson for Joel Embiid?
At the same time, I’m not sure about the validity of the notion that you can just plug Le Bron in to any roster and expect to compete with the Warriors or the Rockets or even the Celtics once they have Kyrie Irving and Gordon Heyward in the fold.
Keep in mind, the Cavs completely dismantled the team they had built around Le Bron at midseason in pursuit of a better set of complementary parts.
The Cavs held Golden State under 102 points in all four of their wins.