On Monday, LeBron James scored a career-high 61 points in a Heat victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. LBJ’s career high was also a franchise record for the Miami Heat. After Monday’s victory the Heat had won eight straight games. They have also gone 12-1 in their last 13 games.
This is in large part due to the great success that James has had in that time span, which was showcased with his dominating performance on Monday.
It was just a month or so ago when it seemed like everyone had casted the King out of the race to win his fifth NBA MVP award. And in that time it was a fair call as Kevin Durant was having a beautiful run in what has been his best season thus far.
But the key here is that the season is not over. James has always possessed the ability to reach the next level, we are the ones who simply get to sit back and watch the show. And let’s not forget that it was about this time last season that the Heat began their 27-game winning streak. I am by no means predicting that they will repeat that streak, but let’s be real for one second —would it really shock you?
James is still in the prime of his career and is still having an incredible season. If he somehow continues this trend that he has had for the last few games than he will have a great case to make in the MVP voting once again.
And in the midst of all of this, there are still many speculations about where the King will be playing next season. Some say that he will make a return to his beloved city of Cleveland (is it okay to “lol” in this story?) while others believe he will join his good friend Chris Paul in L.A. and try to set up another super team with the Clippers.
Let me start by saying that James is not going to Cleveland. The current situation in Cleveland makes the crisis in the Ukraine look like Candy Land. Sorry, but he’s not going back to the Cavs.
Now that that is out of the way, let’s discuss the much more plausible option for James. The move to the Clippers would make the most sense of any move that we can currently speculate. However, I still find it hard to believe that James will leave the Heat to join a team that is still unproven.
Let’s assume that Miami wins their third straight title this coming summer. In that case I find it very hard to believe that the King wouldn’t want to stay with a team that would still have a great shot at winning another title. Could LeBron really pass up the opportunity to win four straight titles? Something that both Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan have never done, might I add.
If the Heat were to fall to the Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals then I could see LeBron entertaining the option. But if they win again this year there is no way he leaves for a team that may or may not be a true title contender.
Yes, Chris Paul is a great point guard and it would indeed be fun to see LeBron on that team. But I feel like LeBron has too much at stake if he were to make another move. One thing is for sure. If you ask James, the only thing on his mind right now is another title. And although he might not admit it, you can tell that he wants his fifth MVP pretty damn bad. My guess is that he’ll get it.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.