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LeBron James says he’d play for Warriors or Heat if not on the Lakers

LeBron James just can’t help himself from making waves. In becoming the figure he is today, LeBron has gained a certain gravitas that whatever he says carries a lot of weight to it.

On his most recent episode of “The Shop,” LeBron was asked by his long, longtime friend Maverick Carter which playoff team he would play for if he could choose any of them. LeBron laughed, acknowledged that he was being set up for trouble, then proceeded to answer the question anyway.

“The team I would love to play for is not in the playoffs which is the Lakers. But if there was one team I know I could make an immediate impact in the postseason and we could be very special, it’d either be Miami or Golden State.”

Outside of not answering the question, LeBron did take about the safest option he could have. The ties to Miami are obvious and no one is probably raising an eyebrow to that answer.

The Golden State choice is a little more eyebrow-raising for a couple of reasons. For one, LeBron has had numerous meetings in the Finals with the Warriors and has been on the losing end of many of them. And while they may not be a rival of the Lakers, they are a competitor at the least.

But LeBron also provided some reasoning that makes sense. Fellow Klutch client Draymond Green is a friend — Draymond has previously said he’d skip a Warriors game to watch LeBron break the all-time scoring record — and LeBron specifically said during the episode that he likes the way Draymond talks on the court.

LeBron has also stated before that he’d be interested in teaming up with Steph Curry. There has never really been a feasible way to make that happen and it’s never been something that’s gotten off the ground floor, but the interest has been out there.

The Warriors have been on a roll during the playoffs, capped off with Friday’s all-time performance by Curry. With the Lakers out of the playoffs, LeBron has resorted to watching the game and tweeting his thoughts like everyone else with NBA Twitter, even tossing in a Q&A during the postseason as well.

LeBron has hardly missed a game during the playoffs, even despite spending part of that time in the Maldives. Alongside his wife Savannah, LeBron took a vacation to her dream location but still woke up in the middle of the night to ensure he saw every playoff game.

“I was literally in the Maldives waking up at 3 o’clock in the morning watching the playoff games. Every single game at 3 o’clock in the morning waking up, watching the games. As much as I don’t want to watch it because it burns in my stomach to not be a part of these games because it’s the best time to play basketball, the fan in me, I just love it.”

As much of a basketball lover as I am, I can’t imagine ever waking up at 3 a.m. to watch basketball games, especially ones that don’t include the Lakers. File that one down as yet another way LeBron is built differently than I.

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