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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: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2010 11:28 pm
 

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

I'm not from Ohio nor am I a Cavs fan, but if I were I wouldn't be any more or less nervous about Lebron's future based on this story
You don't need this story to tell you that Lebron is going to leave.  I said from the beginning that I'll be blown away beyond belief if he stays, championship or not.

Anybody that thinks Lebron doesn't care about money is half retarded. He and Kobe Bryant are the most marketable players in the NBA and will continue to do everything possible to make as much money as they can.  The bottom line is Lebron will make MUCH more money in endorsements playing for a big market team then he ever will playing in Cleveland.  

It's not even close.  And for those that say he won't go to New York because the Knicks suck.. you don't know what you're talking about.  Go do a little research and get back to me.  Tell me how many wins Cleveland had before Lebron got there... and look at the strides they made and how quickly they got better.

The Knicks will do what Cleveland could not do.  They will spend more money then Cleveland did if they get Lebron.... they will get better faster and in the weaker Eastern Conference they will contend within 3 years if Lebron goes there.

In basketball you can go from garbage to really good in no time at all.  The Celtics did it, the Magic did it, Cleveland did it and so will the Knicks if given the chance.



Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2010 11:25 pm
 

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

LeBron will stay in Cleveland if they win a championship and will go to Miami if they don't.  And after tonight, ticket prices in Miami have already doubled.



Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2010 9:51 pm
 

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

"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. "  &nb
sp;   So Buzz is aware of the New York Yankees. Then he surely has heard of Ruth, Dimaggio, Mantle. They "owned the city" for awhile each. It's always funny when you hear from someone who thinks that history began about the time ESPN was born.  That's why polls on all-time greats are always skewed to whoever won last year.



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2010 9:39 pm
 

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

who?



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2010 8:46 pm
 

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

I vote that nobody responds to XSGame's post.


XSGame
Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2010 7:41 pm
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Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2010 7:33 pm
 

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

I'm from Akron, Ihaved watched lebron play,as a 8 year old, there is a thin line between love and hate. I really don't care what he does. But would be real hard for him to leave and expect his home town to respect him..If he left there would be no love at all for Lebron  in the town. And he knows it. He would at least have to win 1 championship to get a pass. And that my cbsportsfamily is a fact!......Go CavS!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Apr 27, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2010 5:42 pm
 

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

wiscgc,

He will not go to Phoenix or Portland, he will stay with the Cavs or go to the Knicks.  Period. 

Either way, this was suppose to be the year and I am not sure the make it past the Celtics and if they do, they will loose to the Magic or Lakers.  I remember a day when the MVP actually won championships......




Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2010 5:32 pm
 

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

You may have said it, but that doesn't make it so. LeBron will bring home a championship, but it will be with a West team, not from the East. Portland seems like a good fit for this guy, but hard to tell. Maybe Phoenix, assuming Stoudemire is leaving at some point in the near future. It will not be with the Lakers as long as Kobe is there, there's not enough room on the court for two egos of that size.

Poor Cleveland, all they will have is the hapless Browns, the woeful Indians and the terrible Cavs. Apparently the Rock and Roll HOF is not enough to bring the big stars there anymore.



Since: Apr 27, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2010 5:17 pm
 

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

Im sure this will be an unpopular view, but I don't think it matters where LeBron goes.  His co-author talks about how big it would be for LeBron to make the Knicks champions again.......shouldn't he first make the Cavs champions before we can assume he will make the Knicks, or any other team champions????

Here is my prediction regarding LeBron, when his career is over he will join Ewing, Malone, Stockton and Barkley as superstars never to win a championship.

Yep I said...........LEBRON JAMES WILL NOT WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP DURING HIS NBA CAREER.


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