Tom Sorensen

Don’t believe everything you hear about LeBron James. And that Hornets idea?

The LeBron James to Charlotte Hornets story is not the most amusing one about the NBA’s most famous free agent.
The LeBron James to Charlotte Hornets story is not the most amusing one about the NBA’s most famous free agent. AP

Every team wants LeBron James, the most famous free agent in the NBA and the world.

The favorites for his talents include: Los Angeles (Lakers and Clippers) where he owns a house and has interest in a post-basketball career in Hollywood; Houston (he allegedly does not like the city but neither does anybody else); Philadelphia, which has young talent and money and everything but a general manager; and Cleveland, which is home, which is where LeBron’s kids attend school.

On Tuesday, an ESPN commentator said Charlotte was the sensible destination for LeBron. It was funny. But because of the salary cap, the Hornets can’t afford to sign him. They’d have to trade for him. The Cavaliers would want Kemba Walker and last season’s No. 11 pick, Malik Monk, and the No. 11 pick in next week’s 2018 draft and …

Also, LeBron would want to contend for a title. So – no.

The LeBron to Charlotte story is not the most amusing about LeBron. The most amusing LeBron story is that because he has won only three NBA championships in nine finals (eight straight) he is not as great as Michael Jordan or even Kobe Bryant or other players with as many or more championships.

To win, however, assistance is required. Remove LeBron from the Cavaliers and they don’t make the playoffs. They don’t even stay on the court long at Charlotte’s Dowd YMCA.

How do you question LeBron’s leadership? Neither Michael nor Kobe could have led Cleveland past the Golden State Warriors. Neither Winston Churchill nor Alexander the Great could.

Do you know that LeBron shot 54.2 percent last season? Do you know that he averaged nine assists, third best in the NBA, and only one of two non-point guards in the top 10?

Where does LeBron play next season? Anywhere he wants.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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