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LeBron's co-author says he's outta here

Posted on: May 11, 2010 3:48 pm
 

CLEVELAND -- On a cold, dreary day in the town that LeBron built -- I even saw a few snowflakes this morning, if you can believe it -- some dastardly news was unleashed on Cavaliers fans.

Hours before the Cavs were set to face a critical Game 5 against the Celtics, the website HoopsAddict.com published a Q&A with Buzz Bissinger, who has co-authored two books with LeBron James. In response to a question about LeBron's future, Bissinger said his gut feeling is that LeBron will leave the Cavs "whether they win the NBA championship or not." He makes it clear that it's only an educated guess, that he has no inside information, and that LeBron probably hasn't even made his decision yet. At the end of his answer, Bissinger circles back to how difficult the decision will be for LeBron and how important loyalty is to him.

All of it taken together is the most succinct and on-point assessment of the decision James will make July 1, when he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent. Here's the transcript: 

Like everyone else, I have asked LeBron what he is going to do and he has flashed me that exquisite smile. I am not privy to any special information, but my gut tells me he will leave the Cavaliers whether they win the NBA championship or not. He has aspirations beyond basketball. He wants to be a billion dollar athlete. He likes challenges and bright lights. There is nothing like New York and the goal of making the Knicks champions again is an incredible one. So I say he goes to the Knicks, if they get the right supporting cast. And as you know that’s a big “if” when it comes to the Knicks. LeBron would own New York in a way that no athlete has ever owned it, except maybe for Reggie Jackson after game six of the 1977 World Series when he hit three home runs, and as we know the love affair did not last forever. It would be exciting as hell to watch and I think LeBron would luxuriate in it. But as you say he also loves Ohio, so it is going to be a very difficult decision and I don’t think he has come close to making it yet. And remember, the most important value in LeBron’s life is loyalty. Still, I say he goes. But once again, if anybody out there is a betting man, bet against me.

I like a good story angle as much as the next guy, but frankly all of this speculation is getting distracting even to me. The New York Daily News recently ran an op-ed piece begging LeBron to abandon Cleveland for New York -- a pathetic misinterpretation of the city I know and love, a city that doesn't give a rat's ___ if anybody likes it or not. Now, hours before a game that could go a long way toward determining James' future, his co-author's comments are speeding around the web and making Clevelanders even more nervous than they already were.

Hey, at least it stopped snowing. For now.

Comments

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2010 2:53 am
 

LeBron's co-author says he's outta here

Guys, NBA voted for him as MVP, but he's not the best player in the world.....Kobe still best today



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2010 2:35 am
 

LeBron's co-author says he's outta here

Hey Ken Burger you look like a child molestor stop writing stupid worthless no good stories.



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2010 2:01 am
 

LeBron's co-author says he's outta here

Lebron should look forward to the reaction he'll get from the world's most entitled fans after a performance like that.



Since: Jul 17, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2010 1:13 am
 

LeBron's co-author says he's outta here

U mention Shaq with Jordan, Bird, Magic, etc.....  Well, remember, long time ago he was the big dog of the NBA.....in Orlando.  Even got swept in a Finals appearance, just like Lebron.  No one thought he would leave Orlando.  Left for bright lights, glitz, and glamour of L.A.  3 titles there and another in Miami.  Does anyone REALLY even bother bringing up his Orlando days anymore......?  Nope.  Even if Lebron fails again this year and bolts town, his legacy is far from over.



Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2010 12:30 am
 

LeBron's co-author says he's outta here

I think the Cavs still have a good chance of winning this series, but Lebron is still more interested in self-promoting rather than winning and I believe he will leave Cleveland no matter what they do this year.  Asked about the fans booing during game tonight he said that he has spoiled the fans with his play and he has only had 2 or 3 bad games in his career.  Please!



Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2010 12:28 am
 

LeBron's co-author says he's outta here

I am a huge Cavs fan. That being said. I dont care if James stays or goes. How many NBA championships has he gotten us. NONE.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2010 12:21 am
 

LeBron's co-author says he's outta here

Is it just me, or will he not be considered a FAILURE if he leaves Cleveland without a title?  I'm sick of hearing about his supporting cast not being good enough.  They're not the best in the world, but Jamison, Williams, West, Andy, Shaq, Parker, Moon, Big Z are good enough that this kid should be carrying this team to a title this year.  And don't give me this nonsense about how they would be nowhere without him.  Where are they with him if he doesn't win a championship?  It's more than just the regular season.  His legacy will not be up there with Jordan, Bird, Magic, Kobe, Shaq etc. if he bolts without a championship.  He couldn't put a team on his back and carry them all the way.  With that said, I do think they would have been better off getting Amare instead of Antwan.  Nothing against Jamison, but people kept talking about bad chemistry with Amare.  Well, look at the team now.  They're a mess on offense and defense.  No chemistry at all on the floor.  A lot of that falls on Brown, but I also think Amare would have been more helpful on a night like tonight.

Here's hoping Lebron understands that he can't leave Cleveland without winning a championship or he'll never be in the same discussion as the greats mentioned above, and that Cleveland can bring in a coach that Lebron actually respects and would listen to.  But as a long time Cleveland fan, I think it's wishful thinking.  I really believe Lebron may have played his last game at the Q tonight.   



Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2010 12:02 am
 

LeBron's co-author says he's outta here

the big market team that gets him will be the one that agrees to a sign and trade which will allow him to get his max contract. I would be surprised if the Knicks offered a sign and trade and if Lebron signed off on it.  The Knicks have enough money to offer a max contract and I don't think Lebron will agree to a sign and trade .  He will need some talent to play along side of him if he wants to win games and giving up talent in a sign and trade is not something he will agree to when he could just sign with the team for 5 years and make up the year he will lose later on.



Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2010 11:36 pm
 

LeBron's co-author says he's outta here

redwings, you are an idiot.

the knicks will spend more money then the cavs? uh, bro....there's a cap limit in the nba. the cavs are over the cap limit, they have i think the 3rd highest payroll in the league....the cavs spend a ton of money.

and how will he make much more in endorsements? he's already signed by the biggest companies, it's not like he can sign with nike and reebok and adidas!

the fact you think the knicks can spend more than the cavs shows you have no idea what you are talking about. and as you can see, having the highest payroll in the league got the knicks one of the worst records in the nba, so spending a lot doesn't get you a lot.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2010 11:32 pm
 

LeBron's co-author says he's outta here

Lebron would be less popular that Art Model, especially if he bolted without Cleveland getting anything in return for him
Don't worry, Cleveland won't lose Lebron for nothing.  They won't get as much as they should because other teams know there isn't a threat of him staying in Cleveland.  He likes money too much regardless of anything anybody on these boards believes and will make a lot more money in endorsements in a big market then he could ever dream of in Cleveland.

That being said because he loves money ( they all do, especially the superstars) the big market team that gets him will be the one that agrees to a sign and trade which will allow him to get his max contract. 

And of course he doesn't hate Cleveland, he just wants to make more money.  He'll want them to get something in return as well and somebody will do that for the rights to one of the top 2 or 3 players in the game.


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