Former NBA star Wally Szczerbiak has given a good advice to his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James – focus on your teammates more.
Szczerbiak told Sports Illustrated that James has to focus more on the teammates he currently has, instead of thinking about his post-season options. He believes that James will try to focus and win an NBA title for Cleveland.
“LeBron has always stayed one step ahead of the game, by signing 1-2 year contracts,” Szczerbiak said. “He kind of put his management in a tough predicament, tough position with his ability to move around. But he wants to win the title. He wants the flexibility that he feels if the franchise isn’t putting the right pieces around him to compete and win a title, he wants the flexibility to move.”
Szczerbiak believes that having star-teammates around isn’t always the way towards a championship. He brought up an example of the 2004 LA Lakers, which had a lineup of Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant and Gary Payton, and were coached by Phil Jackson – and still didn’t win a title.
“I could [see LeBron leaving Cleveland],” Szczerbiak said.
“If Cleveland doesn’t give him the best opportunity to win the title, he will leave. When I was there, we won 66 games, we were the favorites and we got clipped in the Conference Finals. I could see the current Cleveland team getting into the finals, so if they stay healthy, they have a good chance as well as anyone to win the title.”
A 2002 NBA All-Star, Szczerbiak played 10 seasons in the NBA for Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics and Cleveland Cavaliers. He holds career averages of 14.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 2.4 apg in 30.8 mpg.
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