LeBron James: “Hopefully I can sign a big contract to stay in Cleveland.”

lebron-james-espn-mvpThe AP’s Tom Withers took time to document the last few weeks of LeBron James, catching up with him while in Akron for the MTAG tour as well as his Bike-a-thon.

If you are even a casual fan of the NBA, you are likely aware of the majority of the article.  LeBron’s ties to Akron.  His allegiance to his friends and family.  His goals of becoming a “global icon.”  I mean, James teamed up with Buzz Bissinger to discuss the exact same topics, and it is all encompassed by a documentary. 

But as you make your way through the RockKing-eque word count, you find yourself taking away two of LBJ’s latest quotes.

On the addition of Shaquille O’Neal:

“I’m so excited about Shaq,” James said. “Something I haven’t had in my career is a dominant force in the paint, a guy I can go to and he’s going to get us something good. He’s the most dominant force to ever play the game, and to have him on my team, I’m humbled.”

And, of course, the summer of 2010:

“I’m excited about the upcoming season and I have never given any indication that I’m leaving Cleveland,” he said. “I’ve been happy with what the franchise has done for me and my family. It’s been great. Hopefully everything goes right and hopefully I can sign a big contract to stay in Cleveland.”

Obviously, nothing outrageous in terms of a James quote.  However, much was made about a quote from a week ago when James mentioned that he would still love his hometown even if his career were to lead him elsewhere.  But I would not hold my breath in anticipation of Rachel Nichols reporting this latest piece.

The crazy thing is, with all of the LeBron James news that we have had during this offseason with his tours, books, movies and the like, it is next year that is the “Summer of LeBron.”  Those of you that feel a bit of saturation now?  You haven’t seen anything yet… 

LeBron rides toward free agency [Tom Withers/AP]

  • MrCleaveland

    What a con man. ‘Hopefully I can stay in Cleveland.’ He acts like the decision is someone else’s and he has no say in the matter.

    It’s gettin’ old, Bron.

  • http://gooddoctorzeus.blogspot.com DocZeus

    Man, Lebron’s toying with our emotions like a chemically imbalanced girlfriend trying to manipulate us into thinking we were eventually at fault when she inevitably breaks up with us.

    I don’t know what to believe, anymore.

  • Tron

    Oh LeBron, you’re such a tease. “Hopefully I can sign a big contract” Like he’s anticipating Cleveland low balling him or something. He’s gonna get offered a max contract for 20 years

  • ben


  • Matt

    I hope he lets-up on the quotables.

  • http://www.NoLogoNeeded.com Don_NoLogoNeeded.com

    @ Ben.

    I like your thinking!

  • oribiasi

    @ #4. lol.

    All kidding aside, if any of you believe in a deity, start praying that we do indeed give him a major contract.

  • JK

    #4 for post of the year.

  • Humboldt

    most likely, the Browns would either cut Lebron or trade him after a skirmish w/ Bryan Cox.

    Anyone catch in the PD that Ben Hartsock just signed w/ the Jets. That significantly increases his odds of becoming a Brown, which is exciting.

  • TomR

    @ #4- Only if “they” toss in Maurice Clarett!

  • oribiasi

    Come on Isis, we all know you’re lurking…

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    “Come on Isis, we all know you’re lurking…”

    Master baiter.

  • Eli

    I hope people like countdown clocks. Because you’re going to see a whole lot of them next summer. And its not going to happen until the clock is about to strike midnight.

    Book it.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Denny

    I liked Book It because I got free pizza for reading books.

  • JK

    Hell yeah! Book It! Read a book get a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut! Greatest deal ever made.

  • oribiasi

    @ # 12 — Geez Scott, tough words on a Thirsty Thursday.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    Thirsty Thursday will be fully celebrated with some Goose Island this evening in front of my television…

  • http://www.zfcomics.com dgriff13

    OMG, I totally forgot about Book It. I did that as a kid too. Read mostly comic collections.

    wait, what was this article about? ;0)

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Denny

    Another day, another irrelevant threadjack.

    My job here is done – bring on the college footy!

  • Alex

    I think i just forged the book it stuff just so I could be cool and get the pizza

    … that being said let my 4 day weekend begin

  • MrCleaveland


    Denny, you can’t stop us. You can only try to contain us.

  • Mike

    Tom Withers might have “AP” after his name, but LeBron knows he’s part of the Cleveland media. He was feeding him the home story, just like he was feeding Nichols and the national media the national story.

  • http://brian23.com Brian

    If I were him I’d visit every single team in the NBA next summer just for all the pub.