LeBron James can choose to become a free agent in 2014, and according to several team executives, the Lakers are planning on making a run at the Heat superstar in order to replace Kobe Bryant, who has said that he thinks he has two more years in him. Acquring LeBron would be a major coup for the Lakers and would ensure their relevance for years to come, but it would likely have the opposite effect on the Heat. Is there any way that this ends up happening?

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Would the Lakers improve?

LeBron in 2012: 27.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 6.2 APG
Heat record: 46-20
Kobe in 2012: 27.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.6 APG
Lakers record: 41-25

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How much better would the Lakers be if they replaced Kobe Bryant with LeBron James?

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    39%
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    31%
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    19%
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    5%
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    6%

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Clashing with Howard?

If a LeBron-led Lakers team is to succeed, they'll have to make sure that James and Dwight Howard click on the court.

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Could LeBron James and Dwight Howard coexist on the same team?

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    69%
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    31%

Discuss (Total votes: 44,265)


Title runs?

LeBron James promised multiple titles for the Heat, but he would have a ways to go to catch up with Kobe Bryant.

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Who will end up with more NBA championships?

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    76%
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    24%

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LeBron's image?

LeBron's popularity took a bit of a hit when he left Cleveland for Miami. Would a move to Los Angeles make him a sports villain?

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What would leaving the Heat for the Lakers in 2014 do to LeBron James' legacy?

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    30%
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    70%

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