We interrupt the turmoil in Berea with more rumors, innuendo and bravado surrounding Cleveland’s best athlete. (No, we’re not talking about you Winslow.)
Another day, another story about LeBron’s imminent departure from the Cavaliers. This time the story comes from Detroit, where Joe Dumars is dumping Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess (nudge, nudge, wink, wink- see you in 30 days) for Captain Practice and his expiring contract. The goal of this trade? A chance at a title this year, but if you ask others in the national (ahem, ESPN) spotlight, this move is about freeing up cap room to sign not just LeBron James, but Chris Bosh as well. (So Toronto, how do you like being drug into this saga…)
Last week, it was Spike Lee who had the ‘inside scoop’ that LeBron was going to the Knicks. From Dime magazine-
Dime: What has LeBron said to you?
SL: He wants to come to New York. He told me people are putting this stuff about him coming to Brooklyn because of Jay-Z. First of all, this Brooklyn thing is no wrap. That’s not a done deal.Hova’s his boy, but that’s going to determine where he leaves, if he chooses to do so.
Spike was also on Morning Joe last week, (video here, thanks Mike) and mentioned something about Lebron, but it wasn’t quite as definitive. Now, the hosts of the show held nothing back insisting that LeBron to NYC was a done deal, but remember these people live in New York. In fact, Spike clearly says in that piece “if LeBron chooses to leave…”
Spike isn’t the only New Yorker who is banking on LeBron choosing the Knicks over Cleveland, as the New York Daily News got into the act last week. Of course, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski suggested that Dallas or Los Angeles are more likely to lure Akron’s favorite son away, but for certain he has one foot out the door.
We’ve done the piece about why LeBron shouldn’t leave. We’ve talked about LeBron’s comments ad nauseam.I asked a couple other Cleveland writers what they thought of the Spike Lee comments, and here they are…
Screamin’ Steven A. has long screamed that people in LeBron’s inner circle have told him the same thing.
If she were still working as a psychic, Miss Cleo would tell you that spirits from the netherworld have it on good authority that LeBron is going to the Big Apple.
If you check under his shorts, I hear that LeBron has an N tattooed on his left buttcheek and a Y inked on the right.
The Yankees have a standing offer for LeBron to play shortstop for 5 games if he were to join the Knicks.
Inside of LeBron’s new mansion near Akron, contractors have constructed his theater room to look like the inside of Madison Square Garden.
At Christmas, LeBron gives mini Statue of Liberty paperweights to everyone.
Who cares. Seriously.
Reading these comments is comical to me. First off, I’m sure Lebron had a conversation with Spike Lee and he told Spike and Spike only “don’t worry, I’m coming to the Knicks in two years. Book it. But don’t tell anyone.” In watching Lebron closely, I’ve noticed that he is the master of telling people what they want to hear at the right time. Saying that Lebron is going to New York because he told Spike Lee is like saying that he is 100% staying in Cleveland because at a rally to get people to register to vote earlier this month in downtown Cleveland, he told the crowd “I ain’t goin’ nowhere.”
The truth is nobody knows what Lebron’s going to do. I don’t even think he knows. There is no way of knowing what the Cavaliers, the Knicks, the Nets, or any other team will look like in two years. Two years ago, the Celtics were a joke and the Heat were the NBA champs. That tells you all you need to know.
One thing is certain for Cavs fans…we are never going to hear the end of this “story”. At least, not until LeBron re-ups with the Wine and Gold.