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LeBron puts business before Team USA

Feb 8, 2010, 6:19 PM EDT

This summer is the second biggest international basketball tournament on the planet — the World Championships. Some people think this is actually a bigger deal than the Olympics, but those are generally crazy people whose countries aren’t in the Olympic tournament. Still, big deal.

So Team USA can count on LeBron James, right?

“I got a very busy schedule. You guys already know what my schedule is — what’s going to happen this summer,” James said. “I got to take care of business [first].”

James is making it clear — he’s not risking injury in international ball until his name is on the dotted line. Pay the man first. No reason to get into a patriotic furor over this — he’ll be in London in 2012. And this is a big kick at the can for him, he’s got to make sure he gets paid. That is the American way.

Right now, fans in New York and Cleveland New Jersey and even some delusional Clippers fans are trying to read the tea leaves here — what does this mean about him coming to my team? The answer: Nothing. It means he wants to get paid first. What decides what uniform he puts on next years starts with the playoffs and how far Cleveland goes. Plus whatever William Wesley tells him.

  1. Oliver - Feb 8, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Wow, did Lebron just kick your dog Kobe? In case you’ve been in Mars all these years, since turning pro in 2003-04, Lebron has played in the 2004 Olympics, 2006 World Basketball, 2007 Tournament of the Americas and 2008 Olympics.That’s 4 international commitments in just 6 years in the league -more than anybody in league along with Carmelo Anthony. The guy is a lot more patriotic than you would have us beleived.
    In contrast your dog, Kobe played in only 2 international tournaments in the 13 years he played in the NBA. Oh yeah that’s right, he was injured raping that poor girl in Colorado and so fatigued feuding with Shaq.

  2. Rick - Feb 8, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    lebron is all about lebron, making lebron look good, good boy lebron. (thats a very big period) He’ll go where the money is and whatever/wherever lebron’s name will be on the front page.

  3. Randy - Feb 8, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Is Oliver Lebron’s mother?

  4. Mal - Feb 8, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Wow, Oliver seems to be another mindless, uninformed so-called sports fan, keeping up the kobe case. Look dork, he cheated on his wife (which I dont condone) but he never raped the girl, so lets move on. He missed last year also due to injury. He is human and has far more basketball miles on his legs than lebron by far. If you dont like Kobe, thats fine. Why are trying to assasinate his character as a basketball player. Lebron is far from being the standard of model behavior. But I wouldnt say that takes away from his ability. You dont know either one of these guys to be so emotional. Sounds like you need a woman to occupy your time, so you stip making idiotic comments.

  5. Mal - Feb 8, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Excuse the spelling errors, but my point stands.

  6. Jammy Jams - Feb 9, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    Kobe 4 titles – Lebron -0…remember that when you are dreaming of Lebron’s c*ck in your mouth Mr. Oliver.

  7. Pat B - Feb 9, 2010 at 4:19 AM

    Kobe isn’t Kurt’s dog. The only dog mentioned here is Lebron.
    Lebron James is William Wesley’s dog.

  8. Jim "Bob" - Feb 9, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    Kobe and Lebron are both tattoed thugs from the NBA League of Thugs

  9. Blake - Feb 9, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Kobe has the best team in the NBA. Anyone see the Lakers beat the spurs with their #1 and #3 player out? Kobe doesn’t make his teammates better, his teammates make him better. Lebron is a true leader. Take Lebron off the Cavs and they would be lucky to make the playoffs in the East. Take Kobe off the Lakers and they still might win the West

  10. el nogo - Feb 9, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    I know that the discusion is not about MJ but just going by what blake said didn’t the Bulls make the playoff the season that
    MJ was out trying to be a “baseball player” and nobody said that Pippen and Grant made MJ better it was the other way around. Now the escenario of the Lakers is pretty much the same yo got Gasol, Artest, Odom, Bynum, etc. a lot of good player + Kobe arguably the best player since he got drafted and you telling me that them make Kobe better don’t think so. How many playoff series did Gasol won at Memphis NONE, before odome became a Laker he was on his way to becoming a journeyman, Artest you know his history, bynum injury prone c’mon there is no way this guys make Kobe better. Also to win championships don’t you gotta have the best team because at the end of the day basketball still a team game. Nobody is taking against MJ because he had good players around him and he did has good players around him. Going back to Lebron I think he’s going to stay in Cleveland that where he can get the more money. And patriotic he ain’t he’s not in the armed forces he’s gatting paid to play in all those tournament, if just playing in those tournaments makes you a hero what about the guys that risk their lives at war.

  11. Oiliver - Feb 9, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Ah the Laker fanboys are so obvious. You all just want to demonize Lebron , make a mountain out of a molehill because he just come out so good on and off the court when ranged against your lowlife Kobe.
    Hey Randy, I ain’t no more of Lebron’s mother than you are Kobe’s kept gay lover. Hey Mal, ever wonder what a Laker blogger like Krak Hell is writing about Lebron on the issue of patriotism? No you would rather take issue of me keeping a case on Kobe which is basically a simple case of reciprocity by me.
    Rapist or not, Kobe did not lend a helping hand to team USA until after his 11th season, Lebron immediately did, right after his very rookie season. Not only did he do it earlier, he did it more times. So how are these facts making me uninformed, MORONIC MAL?
    All the time he was young and healthy, Kobe never felt the need to help motherland USA. He only helped when it was useful to rebuild his shattered image – a rapist at worst, an adulterer at best, team wrecker, run Shaq out of town, calls his boss, Jerry Buss, an idiot, throws his teammates under the best, was labeled uncoachable by Phil Jax, crys out loud in the public instead of keeping issues within the privacy of the locker room just to name a few. And oh, I have a nice woman by side, do you?
    And hey Jammy Jams, it seemed that your mouth is full of Kobe’s stinking slimy man juice. You have forgotten that Kobe rode on Kobe’s coattail in those three titles while Jerry
    west gift wrapped Pau Gasol to give Kobe his fourth tile after crying so much in public in 2007. Post-Shaq and pre-Gasol had Kobe missing the play-offs one year and first round exits in the next two years. Get an education.

  12. Mal - Feb 9, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Well since I am in the armed forces and a veteran myself, I hardly think your boyfriend Lebron, is patriotic because he shoots a damn ball. He simply follows his passion. You didnt state facts because kobe wasnt the issue it was Lebron. So, just as you made kobe the enemy many on here called you out for being up Lebron’s behind. How the hell can you say Lebron helped this beautiful country? Maybe you need a reality check and try watching CNN or MSNBC rather than the cartoon channel and sportscenter all day idiot. If Lebron aint got on ACU’s then he doing a damn thing for me. Unlike you I gave Lebron his props cause I respect his game. Your dumb ass shooting kobe down like that was your girl in that hotel room in Colorado. take a logic and reasoning course, and make a real point. even if kobe is the biggest jerk on earth, right now he is the best player in the league right now. Get real clown Ollie.

  13. Oliver - Feb 9, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    No wonder this country is going to the dogs, you’ve got bovine guys like you in the military. Read again what I said, I never claimed that Lebron is patriotic per se, I said that he is far more patriotic than the Laker blogger and a noted Kobe nuthugger would have us beleived. I called him in out in return because of his despicable agenda.
    I never even said that Lebron is helping this beautiful country of ours. My point is simple: Why should a Laker blogger and noted Kobe nuthugger call out Lebron for something he did more than any
    NBA cager in the land, yes far more than his own dog Kobe. HEY MORON, CLEAN YOUR OWN BACKYARD FIRST BEFORE CRITICIZING THE OTHER FENCE!
    You are the one going to hysterics without supporting your contentions. Since you are obviously very poor of reading comphrehension, I will ask you categorically, why should a Laker nuthugger like you and Krack Hell call out Lebron when he played for Team USA 4 times in the six years he’s been in the league or an average of almost a yearly commitment since turning pro while conveniently leaving out the fact that Kobe served Team USA only twice in 13 years or an average of even than ONE for every SIX YEARS in the league. Please answer this: Other than Carmelo, name an NBA cager who has sacrificed 4 summers to fulfill Team USA commitment? Don’t you think Laker fanboys like you should instead call out others superstars who have not served and sacrificed his summers as much?
    You and Krak Hell also conveniently ommited the fact that Kobe was a free agent in 2004 but didn’t offer his service to the much maligned 2004 Olympic squad. Ah but Lebron’s held to a higher standard I suppose.
    Sure Krak Hell didn’t mention Kobe in his article but why would he? He wanted to be sneeky but his intentions are very clear -demonize Lebron every which way to lift Kobe by any means. He thinks he is subtle but he is so obvious that only somebody as dumb as MORONIC MAL would beleive. Go back to school and improve your comprehension. The military deserves better men than brainfarts like you.

  14. Mal - Feb 10, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Aww, the gump olivie speaks again for his boyfriend. I could care less for kobe, lebron or u. Such strong from a person probably 75 pounds overweight and never played any organized sports period. Maybe ballet. When you put the uniform on, come talk then ok woman. He called out Lebron for the same reason kobe had to get checked for his behavior in public. Maybe the way Garnett shoulda been called out for not participating at all. But girls like you speak to demonize the man on frivolous events. See, you’re the idiot so entrenched in something you never do (play basketball) you armchair quarterback so hard you swipe a kobe’s personal life. If you had one you wouldnt take it so hard. Nice talking to you idiot, got better things to do like my job. How bout you!

  15. No Jim "Bob" Fan - Feb 10, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Thugs, huh? HATER.

  16. RickK92886 - Feb 11, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    That is the problem with sports now, it is all about the MONEY not the sport.

  17. elnogo - Feb 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Well oliver has a point Lebron and Melo(my puertorrican brother from other mother) has been the only constant in the usa team basketball since they got to the league. I’m not trying to take from Lebron or Kobe but really sooner rather than later kobe and the lakers are gong down kobe still kind of young but how many years he’s been playing at a high level 13 or 14 most of the all time great at that point fo their career were starting to go downhill. kobe is getting injured too often lately so let’s start saying bye bye kobe and hello Lebron. And by the way my favorite player is Melo i think that there’s some parts of Melo game that are better than Lebron but gotta admit that Lebron have a better athletic ability. C’mon let’s be honest it’s Lebron weren’t talking about about a 12 man of the team, Lebron equals max dollars I would do the same thing F****k that I’m not going anyhwhere ’til I sign a contract.

  18. Anonymous - Feb 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM


  19. Jay - Feb 12, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    What does tattoos have to due with “Thugs” and NBA “Thugs”? Give me, no them a break!
    Ok, weather you agree or disagree with that, it is neither here nor there.
    Your shortsighted thinking never investigated the impact that “the inked-ones” regularly make in children’s lives. Consider for a moment the downsizing of athletic programs/importance of exercise in schools. The “inked-ones make regularly financial investments into schools, program and individuals lives with the sport they have a gift in. Inked or not, who else is doing this? If you’re not….silence please!

  20. stanley - Feb 17, 2010 at 6:44 PM


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