I must first preface by saying I am a Cleveland Cavaliers fan who has a plethora of respect for the Los Angeles Lakers. Their roster is chock full of talent, they have one of the best players of all time in Kobe Bryant, and continue to be competitive season after season. One thing I am noticing however is how much they could potentially look like a version of my hometown Cavs.
The most obvious example is not on the court but rather courtside in coach Mike Brown. Brown was coach of the Cavaliers from 2005 through 2010 during the team's glory days with LeBron James on the roster. Brown signed a four-year deal with the Lakers in 2011.
In 2012 the Lakers traded for backup Cleveland point guard Ramon Sessions who averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in 23 games with Los Angeles. The Lakers declined to pick up his option and Sessions has since signed with the Charlotte Bobcats for two years.
Where the Cleveland/Los Angeles relationship gets more interesting is former Cavaliers' forward Antawn Jamison agreeing to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum salary on Thursday, July 19. Jamison averaged 17.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 65 games with the Cavaliers this past season.
Couple the Jamison signing with rumors floating around about Anderson Varejao being shipped to the Lakers in exchange for Andrew Bynum as part of the Dwight Howard fiasco and you have two of Cleveland's better players from last season as backups on an already strong Lakers' squad.
Provided a deal sending Varejao to Los Angeles does go down, it would almost inspire me to cheer for the Lakers heading into the season. I have always respected Brown's defensive mind when coaching his team. Jamison has always been exciting to watch with his quirky shooting style and Varejao has been a fan-favorite in Cleveland for years. I will always support the Cavs no matter who is on the roster, but some players you continue to follow with interest after they move on.
To answer the question if the Lakers are becoming the Cavaliers, the answer is an obvious no but the potential to see some familiar faces in purple and gold is remarkably high.
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