It’s a debate that has raged on across the NBA for the last 20-ish years. The idea of star players leaving their original teams to create a superteam has not been a huge hit with all basketball fans, but it’s happening more and more frequently. The Lakers aren’t quite there, but they do have a guy that was in the middle of that change in the game.
In a recent appearance on Bootleg Kev podcast, former NBA guard Iman Shumpert talked about that transition across the league. And Shumpert points to Lakers starter LeBron James as the guy that “ruined” the game he knew.
It wasn’t KD. It was LeBron first going to Miami… [LeBron] knows he ruined basketball. He thought he was making it better. I get it. Me personally, I love the NBA for the loyalty that I thought was there. He basically knocked the fourth wall down.
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SOURCE: Sports Illustrated, Brook Smith