4. Cleveland Cavaliers
- December 14: at Cleveland (TNT)
- March 11: at Los Angeles (ESPN)
Every game is exciting to watch with LeBron James in it. James has become the face of the NBA for a reason and love him or hate him he is still the best player in basketball. Basketball fans got their first taste of James this season against the Boston Celtics. The superstar forward scored 29 points with 17 rebounds and nine assists in route to a 102-99 victory over the Boston Celtics.
However, LeBron playing the Lakers may not be must-watch TV for most Laker fans. Traditionally, at least with what I have seen, Laker fans are not the biggest James supporters. LeBron leapfrogged Kobe Bryant in the greatest of all time discussion and not a lot of Laker fans like that. For that reason, fans may only tune into this game to watch LeBron lose.
Although, fans should tune into this game to see how exactly LeBron James interacts with the young stars in Los Angeles. James has had numerous ties to the Los Angeles Lakers, and although those talks have died with the season starting, the possibility is still there. Only a city like Los Angeles can handle James’ stardom, at the end of the day.
Plus, the potential Lonzo Ball-LeBron matchup is going to be very fun to watch. Although Ball is a point guard, James will be put on him eventually defensively and vice-versa. Whether it is to play matchups or is just a switch, it will happen.
Seeing that go down will be very interesting. At this point of the year, Ball may already be making his case to succeed James as the best passer in the NBA. While Ball’s inexperience and smaller frame certainly cannot hold up with LeBron’s, it will be very fun to watch the two continue to outdo each other with flashy passes.