LeBron’s title-contenders list: No Lakers… no Cavs

LeBron James has a list of teams he sees as title contenders, and failed to mention his own squad.

LeBron James has played in the last eight NBA Finals, the first four with the Miami Heat and the most recent quartet with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Throw in his first Finals appearance, with the 2007 Cavaliers, and James has played for the league championship nine times, winning on three occasions.

So James knows something about reaching the Finals, but the new face of the storied Los Angeles Lakers realizes all too well the NBA’s pecking order, and it doesn’t include his new team, which he joined in free agency in July, nor his former team, which he has left twice in free agency.

“There are a lot of championship contenders but there can only be one champion,” he said during a recent interview with beIN Sports.

“That is the Golden State Warriors, that is the team which everybody is trying to catch.”

James, 33, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, listed other teams he believes capable of contending for the Larry O’Brien trophy, though he did not include his current nor former team on his list.

“But you also have the Houston Rockets who are really good, Oklahoma City, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors,” he said. “There’s a lot of championship-contending teams.”