Wednesday afternoon on the DSN Cleveland’s “The Gloves are Off” show, Brian Windhorst answered several questions that Cleveland fans have been wanting answers to ever since LeBron James left town for Miami. The audio for the 40 minute interview is supposed to be available this afternoon on DSN’s website. (DSN is also replaying the interview at 4pm EST today.)
Several things are discussed, including Windhorst’s decision to leave Cleveland and whether or not LeBron James is happy in Miami. The topic that got the most early headlines and attention was Brian Windhorst’s assertion that LeBron James didn’t quit in the playoffs last year, but that he choked. It’s semantics to be honest with you. He didn’t play his best, and everyone knows it. The reason for that we will probably never know the truth about.
There are two things that Windhorst made reference to, that are just blockbusters.
The first is the tampering charge. According to Windhorst, there was a meeting between Pat Riley and LeBron James last winter. Of course, this is tampering to the highest degree. According to the interview, Windhorst contacted Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and advised him of this meeting. Gilbert, afraid of angering LeBron James, chose not to proceed with the information, and Windhorst decided not to run the story.
The second potential blockbuster, is information that Windhorst said he knows about, but because of his relationships in the league he won’t reveal yet. The information is related to why LeBron performed so poorly in the playoffs. He did say that it ‘wasn’t what you think it is’, which means according to Windhorst it doesn’t have anything to do with Delonte West or Gloria James.
So what is this new information? Windhorst knows very well that he can’t leak that kind of nugget and expect that Cleveland fans are going to sit back and wait a couple years for him to write a book or something on this subject.
One thing is certain, this story is not going away anytime soon.