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LeBron doesn't respect Colangelo's threat

Posted on: April 4, 2010 1:13 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2010 1:36 pm
BOSTON -- After LeBron James and Dwayne Wade both strongly hinted in the past week that they're considering skipping the World Championships in Turkey this summer, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo responded with a warning: Such a decision could jeopardize their spots on the 2012 Olympic team.

LeBron lobbed his own response back to Colangelo on Sunday: He doesn't think that's fair.

The war of words is on.

"I think everyone in the U.S.A. knows what type of commitment these guys have made, including myself, since 2003," James said before the Cavaliers played the Celtics. "I'm not trying to bash Jerry or anything like that, because he's a good guy and I respect him. I don't respect that because of the commitment we've all given to the U.S.A. Right off the bat, we didn't second guess it at all. If we're jeopardizing being in London, what can we do?"

In recruiting members of the 2008 Olympic gold medal team to return for the 2012 Olympics in London, Colangelo has consistently presented to them his desire for a two-year commitment: Win the 2010 worlds in Turkey to earn an automatic Olympic berth, and they get the summer of 2011 off.

But the summer of 2010 is more complicated for James, Wade, Chris Bosh and other 2008 Olympians who will have a chance to be unrestricted free agents on July 1. James also has plans to participate in the filming of a movie; the combination of on-court and off-court responsibilities would seem to make it difficult at best for him to travel to Turkey.

Last week, Colangelo told Yahoo! Sports, "There are no free passes to London." He has since backtracked somewhat, acknowledging that he doesn't expect free agents to practice with Team USA until their situations are resolved. It would be almost inconceivable for Colangelo to punish James for skipping the worlds by leaving him off the Olympic team for London. But in the meantime, he has to maintain the appearance of consistency; if James and Wade bow out, others could follow.

"If that is the case, we'll have to see when it happens," James said. "There's a lot that goes on with being a professional athlete other than just basketball."

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2010 8:51 pm

LeBron doesn't respect Colangelo's threat

Only problem is all these other countries keep putting thier pros in. Nobody over the age of 22 should be considored an amautuer. Also the reason why the U.S and Canadian hockey teams let all thier pros play because of Russia/ the old Soviet Union. Especially team sports that have professional teams in thier countries.  

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2010 7:49 pm
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Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2010 7:40 pm

LeBron doesn't respect Colangelo's threat

BUT if they get hurt while playing at these games then yes it could hurt them in the long run.
I do agree that yes most basketball players are babies ( Pro ) but if this is all they have then they have to stay focused on the NBA

Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2010 7:25 pm

LeBron doesn't respect Colangelo's threat

The math here is pretty clear--USA Basketball needs LeBron and D-Wade way more than they need USA Basketball. LeBron knows that, and D-Wade knows that, and so does any other superstar. Colangelo thought he could throw his weight around, but he forgot--people who watch the Olympics don't watch for Colangelo. They watch for LeBron and the other NBA superstars. If LeBron and D-Wade get dumped off the team, does anyone think they'll suffer for it, financially or in terms of popularity? Not as long as they continue to be superstars on the NBA floor.  But the Olympic team will suffer, and the story won't be that LeBron was selfish--it'll be that Colangelo was petty.

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2010 7:16 pm

LeBron doesn't respect Colangelo's threat

ROFL!!! Sowizzle, you obviously don't watch pre or post game interviews.  Lebron is more well spoken and educated than 90% of his college educated peers in the NBA who majored in basket weaving, physical education, skipping classes, etc.  How many of these college educated athletes actually have a degree that is worth anything in the real world?  Most of them come out of college before they are anywhere near a degree, wasting educational funds that could be used for REAL students!

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2010 7:02 pm

LeBron doesn't respect Colangelo's threat

I think the real issue here isn't whether Colangelo is right or wrong.  He's been put in charge, and he makes the rules.  Lebron needs to respect the rules, and stop complaining.  I'm not saying that the rule is right or wrong, but rules are rules, and I for one hope that Colangelo sticks to his word. 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2010 6:16 pm

LeBron doesn't respect Colangelo's threat

>>>basketball IS their lvelihood............ that is how they make their living. and to suggest that lebron needs the income from a movie to stay above water is ridiculous.

Oh, you never know. Don't forget that SI article that pointed out that 80% if football players and 60% of basketball players are bankrupt two years after they stop playing.

But I also think the pros should never have been allowed into Olympics basketball, just as the tennis players shouldn't have been allowed back in either. Olympics were supposed to be for amateurs to show off their skills.  (And they could. Just dismiss the Eastern European terms as professionals allowed to play, and judge the "real Olympics" by what everyone else achieved.

I don't watch professional sports played in the Olympics. If I wanted to watch that, I'd watch actual tournaments.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2010 6:02 pm

LeBron doesn't respect Colangelo's threat


   What would we be saying if Lebron or Dwane Wade or any other free agent were to get hurt in Turkey without a new contract? 

   Would we be bragging about what great Patriotic Americans they were or would we be saying how foolish they were for not taking care of their future first? 

   Either way....Colangelo gets paid......

Great point on your post though....I like it

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2010 5:51 pm

LeBron doesn't respect Colangelo's threat

Also reflecting to your first post on page two you call Lebron a spoiled child.  He grew up without a father and only had his mom to support him.  He lived in poverity and they never had much money.  So, because he found a profession that he was able to be very good at and excell in now he is spoiled?  He grew up with nothing and worked hard at something his whole childhood to be good at and so happened to pay off for him so yet again he is spoiled?  Thats like saying you and you buddies grew up in the getto parents had no money but had a band going since you were 12 and practiced worked hard played little stupid bar gigs for 50 dollars a show or even free.  You put all your extra time into to it and finally when your 20 you hit it big got a record deal and just started booming and became a millionaire.  That makes you a spoiled child? I didnt think so.  This kid I went to high school with his parents bough him a brand new challenger and has about 6 other cars two of them being dragsters.  Trailers for them and whatever else he has ever wanted.  He has never worked a day in his life or ever had to do anything for anything.  His parents will probably support him his whole life and then give there business over to him.  I consider that a spoiled child.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2010 5:42 pm

LeBron doesn't respect Colangelo's threat

Because you were in the marines im a moron.  You are one person that was in the military.  That very respectable and I comend you on that.  You are 1 of hundreds of thousands who have done something for your country in that same way I comend you on that.  My dad uncles grandpas were all in the military too.  Whether it was army, navy, air force, or marines.  Since then what else have you done for your country anything?  The military is about the only thing people are willing to do for there country because it gives them great benefits and other acomidations that are very nice in life and also it pays pretty decent compared to anything else you can do right out of highschool or entry level.

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