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The LeBron-o-thon continues

Posted on: August 7, 2009 3:17 pm
 
LeBron James is often criticized for sitting on the fence when it comes to his intentions for 2010, when he currently has the ability to opt out of his contract and test the unrestricted free agent market. But there was no mistaking LBJ's position on Friday, when he said unequivocally that he will not sign an extension with Cleveland this summer in order to preserve that flexibility.

"I signed a contract in 2006 with an option," James said at an event in his native Akron, Ohio. "It would make no sense for me to sign that contract if I didn't keep my options open. I'll let you fill in the blanks."

So there you go. No filling in necessary.

No extension. The drama lives for another year. The LeBron-o-thon continues.

I can't blame LeBron, nor can I say I'm surprised. He will still have the ability to sign an extension with the Cavs after the 2009-10 season -- and before July 1, 2010 -- that would lock him in under the current salary scale and rules before the CBA takes an expected turn in favor of the owners in 2011. His best option financially, under the current collective bargaining agreement, is to re-sign with Cleveland or participate in a sign and trade because either scenario would get him a sixth year and bigger annual raises after the first year.

But given that we've already crunched the numbers and determined that LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh -- who have identical contracts -- would be leaving between $2.7 million and $5.2 million on the table over the next four years by foregoing an extension, LeBron's own words tell you everything you need to know about his intentions.

His words don't reveal whether he's staying or going. But they do tell you without a sliver of doubt that waiting to see how close he is to a championship in Cleveland is far more important to him than a few million dollars.

Cavs fans, I'm sorry to inform you that your King is going to hold court with your collective hearts for another year. That means another year of rampant speculation, attempted mind-reading, and hype.

Oh, and guess who visits Madison Square Garden in the first week of the 2009-10 regular season? His Highness faces the Knicks on Nov. 6.





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Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2009 2:43 pm
 

The LeBron-o-thon continues

SOMEBODY PLEASE CALL THE WAHHHHHHHHHHMBULANCE

I'm am so friggin' happy that someone just typed that!!  Makes the day a little better!!!!



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2009 12:19 pm
 

The LeBron-o-thon continues

Amen ! Common sense is our friend!



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2009 12:16 pm
 

The LeBron-o-thon continues

Without getting too ridiculous, LeBron does indeed feed the poor among other things bro! Northeast Ohio has been given great gifts by this young dude with more than enough to go around. The only problem about the talk of LeBron is that unfortunately he's really all we have in Cleveland to talk about. I will say in all honesty though, whether or not he's here next year I'd rather wait to hear the BS later............it's giving us headaches as well. LeBron hype is not even real! He is who he is, there's no more to hype. The media is the problem and thats their job, get off your anti-LeBron hate bus!


PS Are you not supposed to be the one paying "your" bills?



Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2009 8:42 am
 

The LeBron-o-thon continues

I love it when people claim to know what is going on in someone else's mind.  LeBron keeping his options open means just that... keeping his options open.   That doesn't mean he is chomping at the bit to "bolt", in fact he is more likely to stay because he can get the biggest contract to stay in Cleveland, and it is his home team, and if he left without a championship, it would be tantamount to admitting failure.



Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2009 4:06 pm
 

The LeBron-o-thon continues

I would trade the guy but let's face it. No one is going to match contracts with him and then face him walking at the end of the next year. And he refuses to sign a new deal until he tests the market, so he is staying in Cleveland for 1 more year and then he is bolting.

Sorry Cav fans. That sucks, I know.



Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2009 9:19 pm
 

The LeBron-o-thon continues

you are clearly a fool.



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2009 5:01 pm
 

The LeBron-o-thon continues

lebron james isn't god, he can't heal the sick, he cant feed the poor, he hasn't changed society, the guy is basically a more athletic grant hill on steroids, im tired of the hype, the media makes a big deal outta nothin, his extension aint gonna change my life, lebron doesn't pay my bills, so why should i care,  and i wonder if these media members have anything better to do in their personal lives than to worry about such amateur things, there are more important things to worry about in this world than some arrogrant overpaid basketball player and his extension.

As much as I detest Lebum James, I have to attack this statement.   The media is payed to cover all stories.  The sports writers that cover basketball realize this is a major story in Basketball for a number of reasons.  One is Lebron is a top 3 player in the NBA. No he does not cure sickness, but his talent in basketball make it worth noting he will be free to sign with any team he wishes. Never mind the fact Cleveland is a small market team and losing him to a large market might be a bad trend for small market teams. Thus, this is a big story that deserves coverage. There are more important things to worry about and I am sure (unless you live in Cleveland) that no one is stopping their lives for this.  However, as people we deserve a distraction.  From Roman times this is what Sports are for. To temperarily take your mind off your job or the world's troubles is a needed element.   Obviously the story is a big deal to even you because you took the time out of your day to write this post.  

Also what has wade done since shaq left, the guy should be more worried about his choke artist business deals that keep failing and his wife divorcing him,

Wade has been a product of the Heat going through transition.  To win their title they loaded up on veteran stars with a short shelf. It worked because they won a title. These players get old andd leave. Never mind the constant coaching changes. The man has never had a shot to choke. His teams are not good enough.  Now, with Beasley and some other help he turned his team into a 5 seed.  His personal life is meaningless to me.  John Unitis was a great QB, but terrible buissnessman, but man I love that Sports Century piece on him anyway.  As far as divorce, sadly this should be no shock at all. Divorce happens in America 50 percent of the time and more importantly alot higher among wealthy people. None of this makes his play any less impressive.

chris bosh hasn't even won a playoff round, and the guy is more obsessed with youtube and twitter than winning a ring.

Bosh is a guy I do question as far as defensive grit.  However, can I blame one man for the Raptors not winning a playoff round? Who does he have around him to take the heat on the offensive and defensive end??  All teams that win a round or two have at least a one two punch of some form.  They get decent play from Calderon, but who else? Marion stunk.   Andrea Bargnani has been a little slow to progress.  The man has been on teams that are just OK. Contrary to popular belief you need more then one man to win against good NBA teams.  This means I can not Blame Bosh.  Either way this post was one of the worst for content I have ever read and is written for no other purrpose then to spue Venum at athletes because they make a lot of money and someone resents that.




Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2009 7:51 am
 

The LeBron-o-thon continues

BE SMART CLEVELAND

Let's be honest here, does anyone honestly believe that LeBron is going to resign w/ this team. The way i see it, Cleveland has 2 choices:

1- ride it out and see if you can win a title this year..........then most likely lose him via free-agency

or

2- Pull a Herschel Walker and trade him for as much as you can get


A full year of will he or won't he will kill this team and their Championship hopes.



Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2009 12:49 am
 

The LeBron-o-thon continues

lebron james isn't god, he can't heal the sick, he cant feed the poor, he hasn't changed society, the guy is basically a more athletic grant hill on steroids, im tired of the hype, the media makes a big deal outta nothin, his extension aint gonna change my life, lebron doesn't pay my bills, so why should i care,  and i wonder if these media members have anything better to do in their personal lives than to worry about such amateur things, there are more important things to worry about in this world than some arrogrant overpaid basketball player and his extension.


Why are you on a sports site reading sports material if none of it matters to you because it can't pay your bills? What sports news can change your life? What sports figure/team does pay your bills? Unfortunately for you, Lebron James is paying the media members bills, he gives them stories to report, they report them, they make money......while you sit and complain about nothing. SOMEBODY PLEASE CALL THE WAHHHHHHHHHHMBULANCE



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