Building around LeBron
LeBron is great, but this blueprint would take his game to new levels
- Photo IllustrationDoes it matter who you put next to King James?
Welcome to Day 2 of LeBron Week, a five-part look at every aspect of LeBron James' journey through free agency. On Tuesday, David Thorpe constructs a team around James, outlining both the style of play and types of players LeBron should have at his disposal to reach his full potential.
LeBron James' size, speed, talent, skills and personality allow him to shine in any possible basketball style and with almost any kind of personnel around him. But in a perfect world in which we could build a team from scratch, there is one brand of basketball, and a certain crop of players, that would energize LeBron to new levels.
Lace up your track shoes, because we're going for a run. Or, rather, a prolonged sprint.
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LeBron Week on ESPN Insider
Some of ESPN Insider's brightest basketball minds break down LeBron James' offseason future from every angle.
May 17: Running Mates
John Hollinger ranks James' best potential teammates with his "LeBron Rating."
May 18: Building around LeBron
David Thorpe outlines the system and types of players LeBron should have at his disposal.
May 19: Out of his league
Ric Bucher argues that while every team wants James, The Player, no team should want James, The GM.
May 20: Cleveland Rocked
Peter Keating forecasts what would happen to the Cavs and Cleveland if LeBron left town.
May 21: The right fit for the King
Chris Broussard ranks LeBron's top five options in free agency.
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