LeBron James’ decision to sign with the LA Lakers is exciting for the NBA. Though his presence doesn’t help the Lakers measure up to the Golden State Warriors’ volume of superstars, it will make for entertaining games against them, especially with rising young stars like Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball helping James, argues Sean Gregory in Time. Plus, LeBron’s move to California opens up possibilities back East for the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers, who each have young, rising stars, to reach the NBA Finals. By relocating to the Lakers, LeBron is opening doors for and sharing the spotlight with other teams, which helps the NBA.
Many teams in the NBA will be negatively affected by LeBron James’ decision to sign with the LA Lakers, which may weaken the NBA’s overall appeal for fans, cautions The Ringer staff. To begin with, the Cleveland Cavaliers have lost the best player in the NBA, which will take them out of the national spotlight and into the lower-middle-tier of the NBA. While the Western Conference will now have even more star power, the Eastern Conference will be left with fewer star players, translating into less excitement for fans during games. They may not enjoy watching teams in the Eastern Conference next season, which could impact the NBA overall.