Blog Entry

LeBron, Wade, Bosh not ready for decision

Posted on: July 4, 2010 12:26 am
For those who want a quick resolution after the 72-hour whirlwind recruiting of the Big Three free agents, you'll be disappointed. Evidently exhausted from being courted non-stop since midnight Thursday, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh ... well, on the fourth day, they rested.

Henry Thomas, who represents Wade and Bosh, said Saturday night his clients weren't ready to make a decision and were "processing all of the information they've received over the last two days. They're taking a step back and evaluating it. That's it."

Similarly, two team executives involved in the recruiting of LeBron were under the same impression -- with one saying the King's decision could come "early next week," while another was under the impression there was "no timeline." Two more executives had not been given a timetable by any of the Big Three, nor had they heard back on the possibility of a follow-up meeting to close the deal.

Welcome to the Summer of 2010, where hurry up and wait is the motto.

Wade and Bosh finished their pitch sessions Friday night, when both met with the Bulls. Saturday was the main event, with the Bulls and hometown Cavs having an audience with LeBron amid a surreal scene in downtown Cleveland. One of the executives involved in the recruiting process over the past few days described it this way: Now is when the emotion of the process and the glitz of the presentations fade and reality sets in. Reality, and the known vs. the unknown. And the executive came away with the distinct impression that Wade is staying in Miami, LeBron is staying in Cleveland, and Bosh -- left out to dry in such a scenario -- would then be far more interested in the extra $25-$30 million the Raptors can offer him than he's been for the past 72 hours.

"All these guys know where they're going to go," a person with close ties to one of the players involved in the process said. "This whole thing has just been a spectacle."

Nonetheless, the process marches on. All five teams regarded as having realistic shots at landing/keeping at least one of the top free agents when the negotiating period began -- the Cavs, Bulls, Heat, Knicks and Nets -- continue to put on the full-court press in trying to secure commitments from complementary players. The Bulls and Heat have talked with Carlos Boozer and David Lee, among others; the Knicks have reached a "broad agreement" with Amar'e Stoudemire on either complementing or replacing one of the top-tier free agents and continue to pursue Joe Johnson and Mike Miller; the Nets continue to tell people they have a real shot at landing one of their top targets. The Cavs are pursuing Bulls free-agent center Brad Miller as an added inducement for LeBron.

And on we go. With so many moving parts, one executive involved in the process was dubious that the July 4 holiday Sunday would bring any more clarity.

What the beginning of the holiday weekend did bring, however, was closure to the over-the-top pitch process. According to details of the six presentations LeBron witnessed in Cleveland from Thursday to Saturday, each team had its moments. How much of it resonates with James as he huddles with his advisers over the next couple of days remains to be seen.

The Cavs, who know James better than any of the teams courting him, floored him Saturday with an emotional highlight video starting with his state championship days at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's High School, progressing through his selection by the Cavs as the No. 1 pick in the draft, and sprinkled with interviews with fans begging him to stay. Several images of James' mother, Gloria, were strategically  included, as the Cavs know James would be hard-pressed to leave his mother behind in Ohio as a consequence of signing with another team.

But the important moments in James' sitdown with the team he's played with for seven seasons came when new coach Byron Scott had the floor, explaining to James his defensive-minded style, desire to push the tempo offensively, and emphasis on tireless work and practice time. In fact, people familiar with James' priorities believe the one-on-one time he spent with coaches over the past few days -- Mike D'Antoni of the Knicks, Tom Thibodeau of the Bulls, Avery Johnson of the Nets, Erik Spoelstra (and by extension, Pat Riley) of the Heat, and Scott -- will resonate with him as much as any other basketball factor. The Clippers, who haven't hired a coach yet, were the only team to court James without one.

The Knicks, still viewed by some insiders as having a puncher's chance if James is able to come to grips with leaving his hometown, included a flashy video, too. And they did their homework, producing a film playing off James' adoration of The Sopranos, as detailed by columnist Ian O'Connor of ESPN-New York. But as with the Cavs' presentation, a person familiar with the Knicks' approach said the most important segment came when Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, GM Donnie Walsh and other executives left the room and turned the floor over to D'Antoni. It was only James and D'Antoni in the room as the Knicks' coach passionately detailed how effective James would be in his up-tempo, pick-and-roll system as a Magic Johnson-like floor leader whose breadth of talents would be emphasized with the Knicks more than with any other team courting him.

How much will it all matter? Which way is LeBron really leaning? The next 72 hours will be far more important than the past 72 when it comes to answer those questions.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2010 4:39 pm

LeBron, Wade, Bosh not ready for decision

I am tired of these so called basketball players prostituting themselves out to the highest bidder. They are parading around as if they make or made basketball the way it is today.

At one time I had lots of respect for Wade of Miami as well as LaBron though I could never get use the moniker King James as he has not won anything worth winning except the MVP of the NBA a couple of times.

You would think a players ultimate goal would be to win a couple of NBA championships by attracting the type players needed around him to do that, not parade around talking to all that will listen and act as if they are seals doing tricks.

I thought the agents they hired were suppose to do the jumping through hoops, making the deals then consult with the players on the best solutions.

Well this has now become a media spectacular in the biggest sense of the word starting last season with a simple Yankee cap worn by Prince James. He will be a prince until he win a NBA title or two. Until then he is a prince.

Since these players are on the trek of a basketball lifetime I no longer have any respect for them or what  they stand for because I have came to the conclusion that it is the money and not the game.
Simple is a simple get. They can get more money by signing with their current team, so sign your contract and attract the players that will help with your goal of winning a NBA championship.

Other players are looking at this and saying what is this basketball or Ringling & Brothers Circus.

I hope they get what they want, and unlike one poster, I do not wish them ill will, I just don’t respect them.

I also do not want them  on my team the Lakers. These individuals are too selfish for a team such as ours.

Apparently the Lakers are doing something right, there are players willing to take the minimum to become Lakers and possibility of winning a NBA championship.


Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2010 12:45 pm

LeBron, Wade, Bosh not ready for decision

on the contrary, Karl Malone and Charles Barkley had the teams to win the big one!  The issue was that they ran into THE greatest player of all time.  Had they played anyone else, they win it all.  Michael had a bigger desire for the ring and nobody could take it from him. 

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2010 11:09 am

LeBron, Wade, Bosh not ready for decision

I hope LeBron fails anywhere he goes. This is so annoying waiting to hear where he goes. He not suprising is that he thinks he is bigger than the game. NBA is a selfish league and is lead by the most selfish player in sports. To bad he can't win the big one. I still don't think he is going to win a championship anytime soon. He better go where Wade and Bosh go because he needs all the help he can get. I just don't know how the shot selection will work. Also let's not get fooled that it's all about winning, LeBron it's all about the $$$$  and fame. I hope he fails along with the move to Brooklyn What a JOKE.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2010 10:55 pm

LeBron, Wade, Bosh not ready for decision

THE_MASTERPIECE, You are right sir.  But if you notice, Bosh can't make a decision without seeing where LeBron is going.  Once LeBron decides, then Wade and Bosh.  Chris and DeWayne need to grow a pair and make decisions as the big boys they used to be.  With all this stuff about LeBron, Bosh, and DWade having their Superstar Summit, I think the solution is for them to form their own team.  They are so tight with each other.  Too tight?  Who knows. But they are making a mockery out of professional sports.

The NBA should assign them to a depressed part of the nation to help build it up--the Gulf Coast?  New Mexico?

The Nevada Nancies sounds about right.  They can stay together, get lots of help from Nike or Reebok and maybe we won't have to go through this silly charade where Wade and Bosh pretend to be men.

Since: Jun 9, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2010 10:00 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2010 6:58 pm

LeBron, Wade, Bosh not ready for decision

I agree with the statement they all know where they are going.  This is not like college where you go visit the campus and see what life would be like there.  All of these guys play in the NBA East, all of the teams "recruiting" them are in the NBA East, so they know what these places are like from playing there and the guys they have played against.  I think they are dragging their feet to hurt the teams they are not going to.  Think about it if we are waiting for LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh to sign we don't go after those second tier and third tier guys who if a team plays their cards right could be just as competitive.  Look at the Magic they have Dwight Howard and a good team around him and are one of the top teams in the East.  After these three guys sign then there will be some stupid signings of over paying for under talented people.  I think this move is to make these guys even stronger and the teams or team they goto stronger and weaken their opponents.  Just a thought.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2010 5:36 pm

LeBron, Wade, Bosh not ready for decision

This just in...I heard from a reliable source that Lebron will in fact sign with a team BEFORE the start of next basketball season. It's a double, secret inside source.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2010 4:22 pm

LeBron, Wade, Bosh not ready for decision

The conventional line is: LeBron needs to win championshipS

True of all venues, but one: KNICKS.  If he bags even ONE championship with NYKnicks, he'll be lionized for generations. 

Anyplace else, it will just be one ring, and tons of dudes can claim that. Heck, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, et al. won TWO, and who the heck cares?

So, even with all the pressure and hype--in fact, because of the pressure and hype, LeBron should either stay home or join the likes of Earl-the-Pearl, who certified their legacies with minimal championship claims made on the greatest hardwood of them all.

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2010 3:59 pm

LeBron, Wade, Bosh not ready for decision

I still feel LeBron is heading to Chicago.  If he comes to Chicago, he has a great chance to win a title.  If he does return to Cleveland, I think the franchise will do everything possible to help him win a title in his hometown.  I guess I am like everyone else waiting for him to make his decision.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2010 3:43 pm

LeBron, Wade, Bosh not ready for decision

First of all, the big three superstars-Wade, Bosh and James-are competitors who already have made big money in NBA. Whereas Wade and James have extensive endorsement deals with companies like Converse and Nike, Bosh does not. For this reason, Chris Bosh wants a max deal. He also wants to play for a contender in a big televison market. That pretty much cancels out his willingness to stay in Toronto.

Lebron James desperately wants to cement his legacy by winning a championship. Staying put in Cleveland will not, in the near future, bring hm closer to that goal. The Cleveland Cavaliers roster is full of complimentary players like Moe Williams, Anthony Parker, and Antawn Jamison. Does Lebron actually believe that he can win with this group? No, he cannot and the NBA playoffs proves as much. There is no way that Lebron is staying in Cleveland, a small market franchise that limits James' position to become a global icon and the second billionaire NBA super-star (Jordan is the other in case you don't know).

Dwyane Wade is a Miami guy. He has won a championship for the Miami Heat and he has become a local hero, especially after winning a championship after carrying the Heat in the NBA finals against the Dallas Mavericks in 2006. He understands that he stands to make the most money if he stays in Miami. Heat GM Pat Riley has been assuring Wade for the last 2 years that he would again put together a team that will rival the best in the NBA. Well, that time is now. Wade, the defacto Heat representative recruiter, has plead his case to Bosh and James. The case being multiple NBA championships if they all play together for Miami. The exorbitant endorsement deals that Wade and James have (some $6 miilion per year) is enough to off-set a slight reduction of the contract deals sought by Riley to get the deal done. The argument here is that if the big three-Bosh, James, and Wade-stay together and win multiple rings, the endorsement money will continue to increase for all concerned.

If you are an NBA players making millions, you want to play somewhere where your money will go farther. There is no state income tax in Florida. That's another strong argument to help lure the likes of Bosh and James.

If it's all about money, James and Bosh will stand pat and lanquish in their mediocre teams and possibly never win a title. The burning desire to win championships and play in a global city like Miami will bring these stars together. And who knows, Pat Riley comes down from his golden perch in the Heat front office to coach the Heat's big three to another NBA title.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or