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LeBron: No more 2010 talk

Posted on: November 11, 2009 7:28 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The King has spoken: No more 2010 talk for the rest of the season.

Our long national nightmare is over.

In a strange turn of events that could have -- some would say, should have -- taken place weeks, or even months ago, LeBron James announced Wednesday night that he will not answer any more questions about his impending free agency until after the season.

"Honestly, you know, this fee agency talk is getting old," LeBron said at the end of a seven-minute interview session with reporters before the Cavaliers played the Magic in a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals. "You know, it’s getting old. I'm gonna stop; I think tonight will probably be the last time I answer any more free agent questions until the offseason. I think I owe it to my teammates, I owe it to myself. It’s just getting old."

For a player who carefully calculates every word he speaks publicly, this seemed like a spontaneous decision. It was only five days ago when James went to New York and soaked up the atmosphere provided by one of the teams unabashedly clearing salary cap space for him. As he always does when visiting the Big Apple, LeBron seemed to relish all the attention being on him. He entertained every question, carefully constructing every phrase in a way that only further stoked the speculation.

On Wednesday night, prior to Cleveland's first meeting with the Magic since losing to them in the conference finals, James entertained several questions about free agency. At one point, he even admitted that he and pal Dwyane Wade -- whose Heat host the Cavs Thursday night -- have talked privately about playing together. (In case you've been hiding under a rock, both LeBron and Wade can opt out of their contracts next summer and become unrestricted free agents.) 

Then, when someone exceeded the "last question" limit that had been set by one of the Cavs' media relations people and asked James again about playing with Wade, he fidgeted nervously and made his no-2010-talk proclamation.

"I'm focusing on this season and this is going to be a really good season for us," James said. "I don’t want to have any more distractions to my teammates, to my organization, to my family. This will be the last time I answer a free agent question for the rest of the year."

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2009 10:21 am

LeBron: No more 2010 talk

o now he decides its done AFTER his lone game at MSG man he loves attention still say hes staying in cleveland when its all said in done and mark my words this free agent class will be the most OVERRATED  ever i can only see about 2 stars( Chris Bosh , Joe Johnson) leaving thier team that ill be willing to bet on and one of them iam not all that sure(johnson)

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2009 10:06 am

LeBron: No more 2010 talk

What a nightmare it was. Did't Sir Charles tell this cat a long time ago that he shouldn't be talking about this nonsense as long as he as member of the Cavs? Chuck's beef was that the Cavaliers were in the middle of a title chase and the lead dude was talking about how exciting the 2010 offseason free agent market was going to be... Are you kidding me?

Now, Lebron wakes up and finally says that the talk about it is over? Now that it's old he owes it to his teammates and himself? How about when it was new and he could have nixed it right then and there? The kid is still immature and he has proven it with this and walking off the court in Orlando last season without shaking anyone's hand. He won't reach his full potential until he grows up.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2009 5:56 am
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Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2009 1:03 am

LeBron: No more 2010 talk

if the great d-wade and he talented lebron james were to play together it would probably in miami, just look at how that team started....

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2009 9:58 pm

LeBron: No more 2010 talk

Should of happened a month ago. No excuses for a player participating in this nonsense. It's all about respect for your employer, fans and team mates.

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