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Podcast: Do NBA stars not want to play with LeBron James?

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Are we really having this conversation about Lakers star LeBron James, one of the game’s absolute greatest players ever?

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Jimmy Butler wants to be the main attraction in a major market while also keeping winning at the forefront of his mind. His course of action to do all this is to play for the lovable losers that are the Los Angeles Clippers while LeBron James shares the building with the Los Angeles Lakers.

When you read that sentence back to yourself, it’s hard not to feel like things might not work out for the best in Butler’s efforts. But hey, do you, Mr. Buckets.

The unfortunate thing has been people taking the leap from seeing that odd decision to wonder whether NBA superstars might not want to play with LeBron James. Because of course. Damn you, September. Get out of our lives forever.

To discuss this matter, I welcome that Harrison guy back for his court-mandated monthly appearance.

We start by discussing what this entire situation means for the Lakers, who literally cannot put together a trade package even if Butler said he’d hold out until he would next take the court in purple and gold. This should all be a non-starter, but what I find more interesting is this idea of superstars forcing their way out of situations they don’t like upwards of a year earlier than their contract allows them to. That’s where we spend the majority of the first segment.

We start the second portion of the show by again laughing at Butler’s decision. The other thing worth pointing out is that if he indeed wants to be the guy, his choice of max player that isn’t better than him is pretty sparse. But that’s all beside the matter.

Most importantly, we discuss Space Jam (the original). Harrison made a grave mistake regarding that movie. We move on from there to co-stars we need in our lives for the upcoming Space Jam 2. That was fun.

As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the show. Listen to the full discussion below and please check out old episodes, or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing on iTunes.