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Romeo Travis will forever be tied to LeBron James.
However, there are limits to what being a high school teammate and close friend mean.
For example, for Travis, who also co-starred with James in the movie, “More Than a Game,” while he’ll always have James’ back, can’t bring himself to support his new team.
“I can’t be a Lakers fan,” Travis told Lee Sepkowitz of Bleacher Report. “As much as the Lakers people love Kobe [Bryant], that’s as much as we don’t like Kobe. It’s not personal, but the way they love Kobe — the Kobe fans — I troll them as much as I can on Twitter.”
The former University of Akron star, where he earned Associated Press All-American honors as a senior, has traveled the globe playing internationally for more than a decade, is coming off leading Le Mans Sarthe Basket to the highest accomplishment in French basketball, the LNB Pro title.
The 33-year-old left-hander has played in Israel, being named the 2012 All-Israeli League Player of the Year, Spain, Croatia, Germany, Russia and Italy, all on one-year deals.
Travis’ next stop will be returning to play in the Philippines, where he played in 2015, and then a quest for a new European deal. The Filipino season concludes in the fall, which allows players to agree to deals afterward and, basically, play two seasons in one.
Regardless of where he goes, he will always be tied to James. There are worse fates, though.
“Every third article has his name mentioned in there somewhere, and we haven’t been on the same team in 15 years,” Travis said. “But that’s fine by me because he’s one of my best friends.”
With James in Hollywood and the Cavaliers tipping off Life Without LeBron II, where does that leave Travis’ loyalties for the 2019 season?
His message is clear. Like most from Northeast Ohio, he has no love for the two-time defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors.
“I really hope that Boogie [Cousins] implodes the [Warriors],” he said. “That’s my ultimate hope — that he goes there and makes everyone hate each other.
“Klay [Thompson] leaves, Draymond [Green] doesn’t take a pay cut and they lose.”