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Winderman: I Think LeBron's Work In Cleveland Is Done

Alex Donno
May 16, 2018 - 1:29 pm

On Tuesday night, LeBron James dominated with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. But despite his superhuman triple-double, his Cavaliers lost to the Celtics 107-94 to fall to a 0-2 series deficit. 

It isn't the first time his Cavaliers teammates have failed to give him help in the playoffs. If he re-signs with the Cavs this summer, it certainly won't be the last. 

Sun Sentinel NBA writer Ira Winderman joined the Joe Rose Show on Wednesday morning to make the case for why James will likely depart Cleveland this summer. 

“I think the dearth of talent is apparent," said Winderman. "I think LeBron James has never felt as naked since the last time he left Cleveland to come to Miami.”

If LeBron leaves Cleveland a second time, does his legacy take a hit? Does he have the narrative in place for a graceful escape?

“I think his work is done there," Winderman said. "His work was to create an NBA Finals team. His work was to bring a championship to 'The Land.' He did all of that. I think he’s at the point now where he doesn’t have to be the alpha male. He’s been the alpha male for 16 years. If he has to step back and bring someone else along, and play alongside a James Harden, or a Joel Embiid or Paul George in LA. I think that’s something that’s possible.”

Where will King James take his talents next?

You can listen to the full interview with Ira Winderman on The Joe Rose Show Podcast. Tune in weekdays from 6-10am on 560 WQAM.