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LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

Posted on: October 26, 2010 7:14 pm

BOSTON -- The last time LeBron James was in TD Garden, he was walking down the hallway to a summer of uncertainty and, ultimately, tumult. The Cavaliers had just lost to the Celtics in the playoffs, and LeBron's future -- and the transformative summer of 2010 in the NBA -- were deep in flux.

"It definitely felt disappointing," James said Tuesday night, about 90 minutes before tipping off the 2010-11 season in the same building, but with a new team. "At that time, I didn’t think that it would be the last moment I wear a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. It was disappointing, and I never thought in the back of my mind that I would be somewhere else. But right now, as I reflect back on it, I'm excited about this new start. I'm excited about this season. I'm excited about this team and this franchise, and I'm glad to get it going in the city where we struggled in previous years."

It was a thoughtful revelation from James on the night when he was set to begin the next, and most important phase of his career. Surrounded by a horde of media in an auxiliary interview room before the game, James spoke about developing chemistry with Dwyane Wade, his many critics, and his new Nike commercial that debuted online Monday before it hit the TV air waves Tuesday night.

In the ad, James took on his critics as part of a new ad campaign titled, "Rise," a takeoff on the famous Maya Angelou poem , "Still I Rise," which James reads from in the commercial. James took aim at one of his fiercest critics, Charles Barkley, mimicking Barkley's famous and controversial line, "I am not a role model," before popping a donut into his mouth.

James also pokes fun at himself with a segment depicting him finishing his Hall of Fame speech in an empty room.

"It was mostly my execution and me just hearing a lot of people saying some of the things that I've done, have I ruined what I've done over the years," James said. "That instance was a point where no one shows up to the Hall of Fame speech. Not saying I'm a Hall of Famer right now, but I'm headed in the right direction."

After a summer of public gaffes, highlighted by the widely panned "Decision," the commercial shows James in a different -- and better -- light. But he wanted to make one thing clear Tuesday night, when I asked him which lighthearted or serious moment in the ad was his favorite.

"None of them were jokes," James said. "I wasn’t in a joking mood. None of them were jokes. I don’t know if I had a favorite. I think when you look back on it, it’s basically saying, 'Should I be who you want me to be? Or do should I just be me?' That’s how I got to this point. I respect everyone who’s had an opinion, but at the same time, you've got to do the best for yourself. And I think everyone has to do that."

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 1:10 am

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

Putting down Danny Ferry is the stupidest thing you could say. He was constatnly praised by the media for doing everything he could to bring in a better team around Lebron. Lebron quit again in the playoffs and he will again this year when things get tough. You can not put down fans for being mad. They have the right to be mad. When a person goes on national televison and insults your town you have the right to be mad. People in Cleveland are not as mad from him leaving as they are the way he left by just bascally saying F Cleveland and doing so again in a Vogue artical saying how much he hates the city. Lebron needs to fire his friends that are running his carrer and hire real business men if he wants to the media to like him again.  You clearly don't know what you are talking about, stick with your own team.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:57 am

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

Wow its fans like you that disgust me. He gave his whole heart n soul to your city and he never got any help in return.  He took your team to the finals in his 2nd or 3rd year.  You got swept but he did it by himself with a poorus supporting cast.  If that idiot Danny Ferry A. got him help. and B. never sent him an email in the playoffs last year saying " Don't igve up like you did in Orlando last year." LBJ would still be a Cav. If you want to blame anyone for LBJ leaving blame your ex jack off GM Danny Ferry. He wants to win championships and that would not happen in cleveland. Not his fault your City sucks for sports. Get off him and respect him for the player he is not the person you perceive him as. JUST SHUT UP

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:23 pm

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

LeBron, you will never get it will you?.  You are just another example of all that is wrong with professional sports.  Owners pay punks like you so much money that you completely lose touch with reality and believe the world revolves around you.  My 10 year old daughter and I will never forget how you stabbed the whole city of Cleveland in the back.  Now, please don't further insult our intelligence by claiming you never thought you'd leave.  You have 0 credibility. You planned the whole thing.  What an idiot you are. Hey, I have an idea.  Just shut up.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:57 pm

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

In a season of unprecendented bull***, that takes the cake.

You'd been planning your exodus for years, Mr. James.  You just had your ""sympathize-wi
th-me" commercial come out - why open your mouth again?

I'd respect you so much more if you just said "Me and Dwyane and Chris, we decided we could rule the universe if we all played together."


Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:38 pm

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

Sure, LeBron -- that's why you spent the entire 2009-2010 season flirting with the Knicks and their fans.

This denial is just like the adulterer saying "I never thought I'd cheat on my [wife/husband]"...  James is cynically trying to patch-up relations with fans, yet each attempt he makes seems to dig him into a deeper hole.

A little deeper, though, and he might evoke some pity.

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:15 pm

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

LeQuit???  No, it's LeGone (rhymes with LeBron). 

It's a shame LeGone surrounded himself with people who probably agreed with everything he said, and stoked his ego by telling him he needs to just think about what's best for himself, i.e. a ring.  If LeGone had a "real" advisor around him, that person would have told him something like "dance with the one who brung ya" (the Cavs).  He also would have given him sage advice like "people are more important than a ring because how people perceive you will ultimately determine your legacy".   Look at Pete Rose, if it wasn't for the perception that he was a gambling crook, does anyone doubt that he would be in the Hall of Fame?

In a perfect world the Miami Heat would crash and burn this year, and the Cav players would find that not being in LeGone's shadow makes them much better players...

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 9:19 pm

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

Whatever. LeQuit was planning his exit from Cleveland since 2007. He and Bosh and Wade COLLUDED. Now, I want the owners to collude and lock these SOB's out until they come begging to play for whatever the owners tell them to. By the way, nice to see LeBron having a typical LeBron night. Still can't make free throws, and he still can't make anyone around him better. The Cavaliers may not be that good this year, but I will take whatever they give over being associated with a punk like LeBron James. He is everything that is wrong about professional sports.

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