To say the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2021-22 season was disappointing would be an understatement. The team was downright horrible. They were so bad that they did not even qualify for the Play-In Tournament. However, LeBron James still seems to be enjoying the offseason.
Despite his team not making the playoffs and the many changes going on with the organization behind the scenes, LeBron is still tuned into the playoffs, based on the Tweets he spews off while the games are on.
With the extra downtime, he has had a lot of time to watch the games and during one of the recent episodes of UNINTERRUPTED’s “The Shop, LeBron stated he would have made an “immediate impact” if he played with the Miami Heat.
LeBron was asked by Maverick Carter out of all the teams still playing who would he want to play for, and he said
"“The team that I would love to play for is not in the playoffs, which is the Lakers,” James said on The Shop. “If it was one team that I know could make an immediate impact in the postseason and we could be very special it would either be Miami or Golden State for sure.”"
Would LeBron James have helped the Miami Heat reach the NBA Finals?
The Miami Heat were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Boston Celtics in a series that went seven games. Jimmy Butler was amazing as he averaged 25 points in the series and he had three games where he scored over 30 points. His notable game was a 47-point performance in Game 6 to tie the series 3-3.
But despite Butler’s effort in Game 7, the Celtics were able to close out the series and get a win. Critics have said the Heat need a second star. Butler seemed to be doing everything with not a lot of help. The Sixth Man of the Year winner Tyler Herro missed a couple of games because of a groin injury. And when Herro did play, he was a shell of his former self.
Butler could have definitely benefited from having LeBron on the team. He would have provided additional scoring something that was needed in Game 4 against the Celtics when the Heat started the game 0-14 from the field.
LeBron would fit perfectly with Butler because they are both hard-working and are known to put the teams on their back to pull out a win.
The Los Angeles Lakers have to crack the Russell Westbrook code and the answer is a former Laker who shined in the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
LeBron has gone to four NBA Finals with the Heat, winning two championships. His experience and leadership paired with Butler’s tenacity would have surely propelled Miami to the NBA Finals.