Ever since LeBron James was in high school, he was the center of attention and was touted as possibly the next NBA great and possibly the G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time). Many believed he would be the best player to have ever played the game and as we stand today some people believe he is already the best, while some feel he will never be great than Michael Jordan, including his teammate Dwayne Wade.
He's won multiple rings and has been the center of a lot of negative media during his career but along the way he has gathered a lot of haters. These haters are not limited to just fans but players as well.
Beyond the haters, there are also players who just have too much pride and set themselves out to prove that they are the best player in the game. They know in order to be the best they must beat the best, so they'd rather not join forces with other superstars.
Then there are players out there that are simply loyal to their team and would never jump ship in order to join the King for the sole purpose of chasing rings, they'd either do it where they currently play or never do it at all.
Regardless of your opinion of the King, he has plenty of loyal followers and people that believe he is the most talented player to ever touch the hardwood but below is a list of 15 players that would never want to play with LeBron James, whether they like him or not.
15 Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph will be coming off the bench this year for the Memphis Grizzlies but as a starter he has wreaked havoc for LeBron James in the past. Since Randolph joined the Grizzlies in 2009, LeBron's record against Memphis is just 7-6. This includes games played by LBJ on both Miami and Cleveland. That's hardly impressive relative to his record against many other NBA teams.
He's a tough inside presence for Memphis. His grit and size are a neutralizer to LeBron's style of play, which requires banging inside. He holds his ground and doesn't allow the strength off James to intimidate him. Let's face it, he's pretty strong himself.
Z-Bo has had a lot of success against LBJ relative to the rest of the NBA. His tough, competitive nature and the joy he gets from playing against the King makes it highly unlikely that he would ever want to play with him.
14 Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony has made it clear time and time again that he wants to be a New York Knick the rest of his career. He was also drafted third overall in the 2003 NBA Draft, the same draft that saw LeBron James go first overall.
He's always compared himself to the best because he believes he is one of the NBA's elite. As a result, he seldom passes and that's the very reason he has faced much criticism for his selfish style of play.
He loves the City of New York and it's obvious he has issues with sharing the limelight. Who remembers Linsanity? He couldn't wait to get Jeremy Lin out of there, even though Jeremy is probably one of the least selfish players.
It's pretty obvious that he likes being the top dog. Although him and LBJ are friends off the court and play on team USA together, he would never allow Lebron to come in and take his glory.
13 Mirza Teletovic
In a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat back in 2014, Mirza Teletovic gave a hard foul to LeBron. Of course this is usually necessary because if you don't foul him hard, he'd likely get the bucket.
James took exception to the foul and stepped up into Mirza's face. Mirza threw his hands up in innocence and smiled at LeBron condescendingly. The foul was eventually called a technical because he did indeed wrap his arms high around Lebron's neck, while James was attacking the bucket at full speed.
Teletovic clearly isn't a huge fan of the King and probably would never want to play with him either. Teletovic, who is far from being a household name like LeBron, now suits up for the Phoenix Suns.
12 Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan recently announced his retirement from the game of basketball. Greg Popovich followed with an announcement that TD can have a job with the Spurs doing whatever he wants.
That's high praise from one of the greatest coaches in all of history. Duncan's loyalty to the Spurs and Popovich is one of the closest relationships a player has ever had with his team and his coach.
Tim Duncan was not only loyal but one of the toughest, consistent, and clutch basketball players of all time. He battled LeBron and company three times in the NBA finals, coming out a champion twice.
His loyalty to the team would already be enough for him to never want to play with the King, but why would he even consider it? He's defeated him two out of three times.
11 Kevin Durant
We know Kevin Durant isn't against super teams since he decided to join the very team that knocked him out of the playoffs just months ago, the Golden State Warriors.
However, he's clearly joined the Warriors in order to not only ensure he doesn't get eliminated by them again this upcoming season but also to defeat the King and finally get a championship ring. He did lose to the King in the NBA Finals once already and certainly doesn't want to lose again.
He wants to create a dynasty team with Golden State so it's fair to say he would never play with LeBron. I mean you never know, maybe he'll want to chase rings from one great team to another but that would be absolutely disgraceful on his part.
10 Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook's approach to the game and mentality that he is the best player on the court whenever he plays reminds me of Kobe Bryant.
While it may be questionable if he is actually the best at the game, he's truly shown he can put up staggering numbers and is the fastest, most tenacious player in the NBA.
It's that arrogance he possesses that would prevent him from copping out and playing with LeBron. This is especially true since he and KD lost to LeBron in the NBA Finals half a decade ago.
Westbrook may be overly confident to a fault at times but there is one thing for certain, he is loyal to his team and his City, which he made clear when KD fled. So since he isn't leaving Oklahoma anytime soon and seeks revenge on both Golden State and LeBron, he would never want to play with the King.
9 Dirk Nowitzki
Like Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki he is a dying breed of loyalty to his team. Dirk is still going at the ripe age of 38 and has played for just one team, the Dallas Mavericks.
He is as loyal as they come and is one of the greatest European players to ever step onto the NBA hardwood. He is also super clutch and it's pretty unbelievable the stats he continues to put up despite his age.
He has also put his imprint into the legacy of LeBron. During LeBron's first season with the Miami Heat during in the 2010-2011 season, he met Dirk and the Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Both Dirk and LeBron were searching for their first NBA title but Disco Dirk came out on top.
He put on a performance that would go down in history as one of the greatest ever and the ageless German won it all practically singlehandedly. He put on a shooting clinic and made 45 out of 46 free throws in that six game series.
Dirk would never want to play with LeBron, simply because he is loyal to the Mavericks and heck, he doesn't need him.
8 Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard very recently commented on super teams and how he would never join one himself. He's a young superstar with a lot of talent and the drive to be one of the best.
Out in Portland he can certainly use some help being that the Western Conference is so stacked with power teams but I guess pride can often stand in the way of success. Lillard is definitely filled with pride and it shows in his game.
Who knows, maybe he'll become one of the greats but one thing's for sure, if he's opposed to super teams then he definitely would never want to play with the King. Lillard suiting up beside LeBron on the Cavs or any other NBA team will likely never happen.
7 Kawhi Leonard
Over the years we've seen Kawhi Leonard mature into one of the league's best young talents. He transitioned from the young guy eager to learn from Pop's and Timmy D to now the unofficial team leader following Duncan's retirement.
However, it isn't only recent history he's been player stellar ball, just ask LeBron. His long reach and tenacious defense has been causing problems for the King and his legacy. It was his defense that helped take the Spurs the distance in the 2013 NBA Finals only to lose in Game 7.
In 2014 he continued to cause problems for LeBron and prevented the King from getting his third straight NBA Championship.
Kawhi is committed to the Spurs and there is no doubt that if him and the King ever played together, it would be a phenomenal combination, but it's highly likely that Leonard plays his career out with the Spurs and Popovich, while Lebron finishes his career in Cleveland. Kawhi is Lebron's kryptonite and will never want to play with the King.
6 Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett doesn't like anyone he plays against and always ensures that all his opponents know he's the alpha male on the court.
This is even more so the case when he plays LeBron. It probably has nothing to do with the fact that LeBron created a super team in Miami because KG himself was the first to go the super team route by joining Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in Boston.
The fact of the matter is he just won't be bullied and was one of the key players preventing LeBron, in his early years, from getting his first ring.
There are no easy buckets for the King when the Big Ticket is on the court because he presents physical defense and gives hard fouls.
We know he will never play with LBJ not just because he’s retired but because he would never join forces with a fellow Eastern Conference enemy. Keep in mind he went from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference when he left Minnesota for the Celtics.
5 Draymond Green
Who can forget Draymond Green's “unintentional” flying groin kicks last season? His first victim was Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder for which he got fined. He kicked Adams square in the family jewels, though it appeared unintentional, the fine was warranted.
Then just weeks later he went after the King's goods during the NBA Finals. The two were tied up off a pick and LeBron fought Draymond to the ground. James then stepped over Green rather than going around him, so Draymond took exception and threw a jab at the Kings goods.
There was a scuffle that ensued that is sure to solidify their hate for each other on the court.
The result was a flagrant foul and at that point he was one flagrant foul away from an automatic suspension. So he was suspended for Game 5 and that game is where the impossible comeback down 3-1 in the series began for the Cavaliers, who went on to win the NBA Championship.
They both consider each other friends off the court but who are they kidding, they have to be politically correct since they both represent team USA.
Plus, why would Green ever want to play with LeBron, when he plays with Stephen Curry, KD, and Klay Thompson? He wants to dethrone the King, not be his right hand.
4 Lance Stephenson
There is little doubt that Lance Stephenson enjoys getting under the skin of his opponents. He is an emotional player, and rather evil looking, that plays with an edge. It's something with his eyes, he just looks evil.
Everyone remembers the infamous blowing in the ear of Lebron James, during Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals between the Pacers and the Heat. This is possibly the highlight of his career because his following season with the Hornets proved to be horrendous.
He went from a career best season and LeBron's villain, to a guy who could barely put the ball in the bucket. So maybe he should consider joining LBJ, but then again that's highly unlikely since the love wasn't reciprocated by the King by blowing back in Lance's ear.
3 Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever play the game and also one of the most clutch shooters of all time. He plays not only to win but to prove that he is the best, so it's no surprise that he would never want to play with the King.
One of LeBron’s earliest and toughest challenges came against Pierce and the Celtics, so there is a lot of pride from the Truth's success and battles against LBJ.
Without him, what challenge would there have been in the Eastern Conference for him to overcome?
There is also that time we all discovered that Pierce had strict rules when he played in Washington on wearing LeBron’s shoes. Marcin Gortat was quoted, “Not to wear Lebron James’ shoes to practice”.
On the court, LBJ was clearly one of Pierce’s enemies so the Truth would never want to join his friendly foe.
2 Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant has faced comparisons to Michael Jordan his whole career on who is the greatest of all time. There have also often been similar comparisons between LeBron James and himself.
They've never met each other in the playoffs because Kobe never made the NBA Finals at the same time as LBJ but when presented with head to head opportunities, Kobe always took it very personal and insured he gave it to LeBron on the court.
Kobe has no ill-will towards LeBron but he has always made it clear that he believes he is better than the King no matter what anyone says, so it's for that very reason that he would never join forces with the person he is proving to be better than.
1 Charles Barkley
Sir Charles Barkley always makes it clear on his TNT broadcasts that LeBron James would never be on his Mount Rushmore of NBA greats.
He also always makes it very clear that he never would've joined a super team because he always wanted to prove he was better than his opponent.
It's hard to argue and he has a point because during his time in the NBA, it was all about rivalries and never giving into your enemies. However, one could argue there also weren't as many superstar players and the one man show would often prevail, a la Michael Jordan.
The game has evolved into utilizing the entire team rather than having the starters play basically the entire game. The average player is much better now, so every superstar needs a strong supporting cast. Nevertheless, Barkley is still holding onto the old school style of ball and would never want to play with the King.
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