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Another 3 years of his prime at age 33? Iím not sure if I buy that but he did just have a great season.
When has LeBron ever played with elite prospects? I'm not talking about Tristan Thompson or Delonte West. I'm talking about legitimate star prospects. I guess Kyrie, right? Under LeBron's mentorship, Kyrie blossomed into a champion and leader (side note: The Kyrie/LeBron beef isn't real. I disagree with everyone who says Kyrie wouldn't play with him again. Kyrie wanted out because of the Cavs, not because of LeBron)...I know the LeBron thing is still farfetched, but I just want to point out that having LeBron on the Celtics for the final 3 or so years of his prime would probably be a great thing for the development of Tatum and Brown. Who better to mentor those two than arguably the most gifted player to ever play the game? Say what you want about LeBron, but the guy is a basketball genius and his training regime is next-level obsessive. Watching Brown and Tatum surpass all expectations this season and get thrown into the fire was a joy to watch, but both have a ton of additional development they could do. Learning from LeBron could push their trajectory into an entirely different realm. Bron's at the point in his career where he's going to be ready to pass on wisdom. And if you saw how much respect he displayed for both of those kids during the Finals, you can imagine him willing to embrace both of them. That's part of why I fear him going to the Sixers, honestly. I don't want Ben Simmons, Fultz, etc spending the next few years learning from a basketball god. I'd much rather our guys get that education. And given that our kids played LeBron tough to 7 games, he knows he can already count on them and respect their existing skills. You figure Bron should actually have more respect for 22 year old Brown/21 year old Tatum than he had for 22 year old Kyrie when he joined the Cavs in 2014 - given that Kyrie had previously lead a 21-33 win Cavs team and had not yet proven capable of winning. Brown and Tatum just proved they can win. Frankly, Bron should respect Tatum and Brown more than he respected Kevin Love in 2014 (who had never participated in the playoffs). But even with the mutual respect, there's obviously so much more Brown and Tatum could learn. I'd be excited to have them learn from the King. Eventually LeBron is going to jump ship to go play with whatever team that drafts LeBron Jr and retire. At that point (about 5 years from now), our guys will be nearing their prime. This is how you build a real dynasty. Consider someone like John Havlicek who spent the early part of his career on the 60s Celtics taking a back seat to Russell, Cousy, Jones and Heinsohn... but by the 1970s he was able to carry the torch and win a couple titles as the star. Tatum and Brown are still babies. Spending the next few years winning titles with LeBron and then carrying the torch in their mid 20s wouldn't be a bad thing.