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LeBron James, other stars bail on world tour

Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 10:30 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverlebron-james-uk

It sounded too good to be true, didn't it?

A full galaxy of NBA stars travelling the globe to bring basketball to all corners of the Earth during the biggest hoops drought in a decade?

As recently as a few hours ago, plans were reportedly all set for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and a host of other NBA stars to make a six-game tour that would have included stops in Puerto Rico, England and Australia.

Unfortunately, multiple reports broke on Wednesday afternoon that many of the biggest names would not actually be participating.

Although his name was mentioned by tour organizers, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that James "not only won't be part of NBA world tour but had never committed to [the] project in [the] first place." 

Shortly thereafter, ESPN.com reported that James, Anthony and Paul had all chosen not to participate. HoopsWorld.com then reminded everyone that Rose and Westbrook were recent scratches too.

I guess if you're going to fail, fail big.

Update: The Sun Sentinel reports Wednesday night that the world tour has been repackaged as a one-game exhibition in Puerto Rico, starring Bryant, Durant, Stoudemire, Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Diwght Howard, Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Carlos Boozer and Tyson Chandler.
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Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:11 pm
 

LeBron James, other stars bail on world tour

The "Akron Choke Artist" is the best at bailing....In the clutch.

Hey waldo nice scarf and glasses...almost as cool as arm sleeve tats. LOSER!



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:57 pm
 

LeBron James, other stars bail on world tour

It is hard to bail on something you were not committed to in the first place...........just ask LeBron; he was not committed to Cleveland and went to Miami.  Ok, so no world tour.......another game(s) I would not watch anyway.  Somebody pointed out the owner's would be delighted to see the games played; oh yes, they would......what a branding for the NBA at no cost to owner's!

We are talking about some guys who have some of the best physical ability in the world, they are able to get paid a lot of money for doing it and make more endorsing products which consumers buy because their favorite player said to.  Most of the time the player pitching the product doesn't even use it........

The reality is these guys bring nothing of true value to the world; entertainment, my 2 year old daughter is way more entertaining than these idiots.



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:53 pm
 

LeBron James, other stars bail on world tour

What, Lebron 'bailed'?  Did somebody say, "4th Quarter"?



Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:33 pm
 

LeBron James, other stars bail on world tour

I never understood why the players would want to do a World Tour to benefit the NBA brand for the owners during a strike.  A strike is supposed to give an incentive for negotiations and provide leverage ... if I was an owner, I would be more than happy the players would be working for free during this time to expand my business.



Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:59 pm
 

LeBron James, other stars bail on world tour

Who is an idiot? Me? The only thing idiotic is your post without identifying or explaining who/why you are calling somebody an idiot.




Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:54 pm
 

LeBron James, other stars bail on world tour

Ouch.  I for one care.. I am a big hockey fan.  You obviously don't have the brain cells for it.  Your post scores a sub-zero -18 score for intellect (look in the top right hand corner once you learn the difference between right and left hands) .. your reputaion on this forum is a whopping ZERO (thats on the left side column .. the other hand) and you are ranked as an amateur.  That is so far down the evolutionary scale I don't even know why I am bothering to espond to you.

Basketball is in trouble this season, and I hope the season is cancelled.  Not because I am not a fan but because it probably is the best thing that can happen to the league.  When the entire hockey season was cancelled all those years ago, it woke up both the big headed athletes and the swollen pocket owners.  They hashed out an agreement fair to both sides, and now the NHL is strong and healthy because of it.  No reason why basketball can't do the same.

As for the sport of hockey.. I dare anyone to compare it to any other sport.  These guys are athletes.  Not only do they train like crazy   but they have skills that no other athletes have.  I would love to see a 7 foot basketball player do anything at all on ice skates.  Hockey players skate like the wind, and can swing and take punches without loosing their balance.  If nothing else, appreciate that.  The sport has fast breaks like basketball, hits like football, and none of the standing around like baseball.  You will be able to give it a fair shot if the basketball season is cancelled because after football it will be the only sport playing.
HOLY CRAP that was well said.  Well, I have a zero rating, and amateur as well... That being said I could not agree more w/ this post, kudos... I think that was like 8 burns in one response... the OCTO-BURN! (yes, That 70's show reference).

The NBA is on a slippery slope.  I'm a long time fan back to the Bird days, love Celtics and hated Lakers with a passion.  Until the Heat came about, but that's another post.  I really hope the NBA gets their sierra together.

As for the NHL... been in St. Louis for a long time and watched the Blues live a good 20 times over the last 5 years.  I would take the post-season matches between the Blues/Red Wings I would stack up against any sporting event I've been to.  Anyone that outspoken against the game obviously has not taken the time it takes to understand and appreciate it.

Again, great post.



Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:52 pm
 

LeBron James, other stars bail on world tour

You are an idiot.



Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:51 pm
 

LeBron James, other stars bail on world tour

As a native Clevelander we lost our beloved Browns for 3 years. This town is all about footbal, and you know what basketball? I survived. No problems here. No health issues mentally or physically. What these over paid narccisists don't get that at the very least in cold weather towns it is something to do in winter; either going to the game or watching it on TV. Quite frankly with my smart phone, fantasy football, the Internet, cable and scores of projects my wife needs me to do around the house...well...nice to know ya!

Dan Gilbert, owner of The Cavaliers, owns Quicken Loans and the new casino opening soon here in Cleveland. Do you think he will be hurt if you "athletes" sit for a year or two? Good luck paying for that Bentley or the 70 people in your entourage. Actually what I look froward to more than the season starting up again is who gets all fat and who goes bankrupt.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:39 pm
 

LeBron James, other stars bail on world tour

Dont care all i know is HOCKEY/BASKETBALL take up to much ESPN time!!!.ps I would rather watch the water person on the sideline then watch high lights of hockey/Basketball who cares??????
Ouch.  I for one care.. I am a big hockey fan.  You obviously don't have the brain cells for it.  Your post scores a sub-zero -18 score for intellect (look in the top right hand corner once you learn the difference between right and left hands) .. your reputaion on this forum is a whopping ZERO (thats on the left side column .. the other hand) and you are ranked as an amateur.  That is so far down the evolutionary scale I don't even know why I am bothering to espond to you.

Basketball is in trouble this season, and I hope the season is cancelled.  Not because I am not a fan but because it probably is the best thing that can happen to the league.  When the entire hockey season was cancelled all those years ago, it woke up both the big headed athletes and the swollen pocket owners.  They hashed out an agreement fair to both sides, and now the NHL is strong and healthy because of it.  No reason why basketball can't do the same.

As for the sport of hockey.. I dare anyone to compare it to any other sport.  These guys are athletes.  Not only do they train like crazy   but they have skills that no other athletes have.  I would love to see a 7 foot basketball player do anything at all on ice skates.  Hockey players skate like the wind, and can swing and take punches without loosing their balance.  If nothing else, appreciate that.  The sport has fast breaks like basketball, hits like football, and none of the standing around like baseball.  You will be able to give it a fair shot if the basketball season is cancelled because after football it will be the only sport playing.



Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:32 pm
 

LeBron James, other stars bail on world tour

While I never have liked LBJ, and anything he does is out of an entitilement he has yet to earn on the court, I dont see how this is a bad move for him or any that dont want to participate.

It always makes me laugh at how you guys talk about how greedy and ego driven these players are. But they are indeed a true representation of what this country is about. Get what you can how ever you can with the least amount of work you can do. Make it too the top and leach off the rest. Think im crazy the players act just like these team owners, wall street bandits and any elected goverment official.

They are doing nothing but living the american dream.


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