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LeBron says that Cleveland has an "edge" in free agency

Jun 1, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for James_interview.jpgCourtesy of, here’s an interesting excerpt from LeBron James’ interview with Larry King, which is scheduled to air on Friday:

King: Do you lean at all toward the place you know the best? I mean do they have an edge going in…
JAMES: Oh, absolutely.
KING: …your home team?
JAMES: Absolutely. Because, you know, this city, these fans, I mean, have given me a lot in these seven years. And, you know, for me, it’s comfortable. So I’ve got a lot of memories here. And – and so it does have an edge.

Regardless of what LeBron’s intentions are, that was probably the right thing to say — LeBron has always been proud of his hometown roots, and it’s good of him to let the people of Cleveland and the fans that have supported him over the last seven years know that he appreciates what they’ve done for him. 

Whether LeBron is being completely sincere, putting pressure on the front office to make moves this summer, or covering his bases if he does leave (I suspect it’s a bit of all three), remains to be seen. But for now, it’s nice to see LeBron show some loyalty to his home state and the franchise that drafted him. 
  1. Bojim - Jun 1, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    LeBron is a stud, not just because of his basketball skills, but because of his loyalty to his home turf and fans. That is a rare commodity these days in a very mercenary business. If he stays in Cleveland, he is a Hall of Famer for integrity as much as the other statistics.

  2. JCP - Jun 1, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    one of the best art museums? Cleveland is a fine city but who told you that, the mayor? Just so you know, it would make no ones top 50 list.

  3. Brandon - Jun 2, 2010 at 1:18 AM

    LeBron wants to win “multiple titles.”
    Cleveland has zero cap space and zero trade assets. Nearly every player on the Cavs roster was acquired by trade (for players with expiring contracts), because the city of Cleveland simply isn’t an attractive destination for prospective free agents.
    And let’s not forget that Danny Ferry has been unable to identify talent in the draft.

  4. Nick - Jun 2, 2010 at 6:38 AM

    The city of cleveland might not be attractive to you, but it is attractive for anybody that wants to play with Lebron. Ask Shaq, Jameson, Mo Williams, and any other FA’s that have signed in the past off seasons why they signed…also, they will have plenty of cap space because they won’t be resigning shaq, delonte west, and some others. On top of that, the cavaliers can offer Lebron more than other teams $ wise, due to the Larry Bird rule. Everyone else should do their homework before they start spouting off incorrect facts. That being said, Lebron either resigns with Cleveland, or goes to Chicago. All other teams are out of play in my opinion.

  5. Emry - Jun 2, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    Cleveland is a nice town man, I am from DC area been here 20 years not a Cleveland native. I dont understand why the dimwits from NY bash Cleveland. I would much rather live in Cleveland than the cesspool of the world aka NY city.
    With that being said though, Lebron James is the most overrated basketball player to ever play in the NBA.
    Also, if the first thing you look at is a citys sports success instead of the things that actually matter like living conditions, safety etc you are the biggest dimwit alive. Like it makes a difference if Cavaliers with 1 title or 10 titles how does that affect YOUR LIFE or your families??

  6. Albert Hawkins - Jun 2, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    Don,t forget the cincinnati big red machine which is still today the best baseball team ever go Ohio

  7. Basher - Jun 2, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    To all you Cleveland and Ohio haters, what are you basing your opinions on? How many times have you been to Cleveland or any place in Ohio? Before you make your stupid comment of “who would want to” state where you are from that is so great. Don’t be an idiot and mention the river burning which happened 40 years ago. State a current fact that justifies all the bashing in this thread. Try finding something outside of sports.
    If you morons are just making the statement based on sports you are part of the bigger problem in this country. Putting a bunch of overpaid uneducated athletes above all else. The economy of sports does help a city but how may cities are in this country and how many actually have pro sports? All the other cities are functioning fine without them. Lets not forget the large pieces of real estate that aren’t used for half the year that these cities don’t have to contend with.
    If you want sports, yes we didn’t win the big one in the last 50 years but at least we have had something to root for. In the 80’s it was the Browns, the Indians picked up the ball in the 90’s and now we have had the run with the Cavs. We may not win the big one here but like someone said earlier, there is no better place to come if you want to save your life. The Cleveland Clinic is the number one heart hospital and has been for over a decade. Royalty fly in from all over the world to be treated there. I consider the doctors and nurses at the Clinic to be the real winners in this city.
    University Circle with all it’s museums, the Cleveland Metro Park system and Zoo, Rock Hall, Science Center, The Cleveland Orchestra, not to mention all the places to golf, fish, ski etc… amusement parks like Cedar Point and Kings Island…..I could go on but you should get the point. Also, there is a night life in Cleveland and the other major metropolitan areas and it is in plain site and affordable. We’re not Chicago or New York, we have always been the go between, a hub with a mixture of cultures from both major cities. This is why you can pretty much have any kind of food you can imagine in the Cleveland area. Just need someone to point you in the right direction.
    Politically we are an embarrassment which stems from blue collar thinking in a white collar society from an industry point of view. County corruption has been the main focus but we have some pretty big losers up and down the entire political ranks but name a state that doesn’t have this problem.
    If you can’t find a good time in Ohio it’s because you didn’t want it to happen. If you are trying to point out how pathetic Cleveland is in hopes of landing LeBron you need to seriously get your priorities straight. 100,000 teachers getting laid off in this country and the concern is over one man playing basketball.
    My last point is this, why would you want LeBron? He is from the Cleveland/Akron area and Ohio is a crappy state.

  8. DCLAKERFAN - Jun 2, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Basher… you just like to here youself talk stupid?????

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