NBA Insider reveals LeBron James tried to recruit a different NBA superstar before he lobbied with the Lakers’ FO for Anthony Davis.
The King may arguably be the greatest player of all time, but even he needs a superstar to support him to win it all. As fans of the NBA know, that superstar was Anthony Davis, who arrived in James’s second season with the franchise.
The now four-time NBA champion will probably tell you Davis was his first choice. However, as a source recently revealed, this was far from the case.
LeBron James recruited Damian Lillard on several occasions before he went after Anthony Davis
LeBron James is making a name for himself when it comes to recruiting superstars to come join him. It was an open secret that James was courting Anthony Davis for a while.
Even this season, there were reports of the star recruiting Stephen Curry to join him for a title challenge this season. But what seemed to have flown under the radar until now, was James’s pursuit of a different superstar.
This happened even before Anthony Davis before the recruitment of AD. Bleacher Report writer Jake Fischer had this to say on the matter.
“By all accounts, the Blazers centerpiece is perhaps the most loyal of NBA stars, hailed around the league as a rare breed of culture setter…”
“He has long rebuffed recruiting attempts from rivals—and there have been plenty. In this league, LeBron James drafting Lillard to three straight All-Star squads is not coincidence.”
LeBron James made the NBA Finals 8 years in a row in the modern era, a stat that goes so under appreciated…
— Ben Stinar (@BenStinar) April 11, 2021
LeBron James is clearly a massive fan of Damian Lillard, and justifiably so. The 30-year-old isn’t far behind Stephen Curry when it comes to shooting from long range. And he even may just be the most clutch player in the NBA right now.
However, for Damian Lillard to so actively reject these advances are a testament to the player’s undying loyalty to the Blazers. Perhaps, in 10 years, we will look back and say Lillard was the last of a dying breed of players in the NBA.