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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 CNN.com, 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. Brandon - Jun 1, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    This was a nice gesture by The King.
    However, he’s still leaving.

  2. Bill Perry Jr - Jun 1, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    LeBron will stay put in Cleveland and put the city on the map. Anyplace else would be a step down and he wouldn’t be any better off than he will be in Cleveland.

  3. Ed - Jun 1, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Hmm, wonder what’ll happen when I post this interview with NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_murphy) here providing what he absolutely believes is the reason why Lebron will leave Cleveland (hint, it has to do with Delonte):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izpuDwusAfM

  4. Ed - Jun 1, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Hmm, wonder what’ll happen when I post this interview with NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_murphy) here providing what he absolutely believes is the reason why Lebron will leave Cleveland (hint, it has to do with Delonte):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izpuDwusAfM

  5. jym - Jun 1, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    what?..if he’s stays in Cleveland, he’ll will never win a title.

  6. Kevin - Jun 1, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Putting Cleveland on the map will never happen. You do know that he has been there for seven years already? Even if they won a championship with him…it will not matter. Cleveland does not have what it takes to get on “the map” in any sport.

  7. oompaloopma - Jun 1, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Chicago gives him a ready team option. He will get paid anywhere he goes. The first couple years he will make a little less. Cleveland and New York never get the right pieces. Miami gives him another team ready option, but I do not see him and Wade playing together.

  8. lemonverbeena - Jun 1, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    You’re an idiot and what do you know?

  9. Lemonverbeena - Jun 1, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Cleveland, winless, is a million times classier than you could ever dream to be.

  10. LA Dawgman - Jun 1, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Huhhh???? Cleveland will NEVER EVER be revelant!! YOu could win 10 titles and it wouldn’t matter.
    Some guy from NYC said it best… he would rather live in a Manhattan studio of 800 SF than live in a mansion in Ohio the size of Manhattan. Pretty much sums up Ohio for ya!! lol

  11. Lemonverbeena - Jun 1, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Add you to the idiot pile. Who has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

  12. Lemonverbeena - Jun 1, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Now here’s a man who knows what he’s talking about!

  13. Adam - Jun 1, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    30 million dollars. That’s why he will stay in Cleveland.
    People can say, “but he’s set off marketing” or “he’s still going to get millions playing elsewhere regardless”.
    But c’mon people. 30 million is 30 million, and the Cavs can offer that much more to him than any other team.
    I say he’s staying.

  14. Adam - Jun 1, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    I live way up here in Seattle, and have no Cleveland roots at all, but I disagree with you Kevin on stating Cleveland will NEVER be on the map in ANY sport.
    Cleveland Indians owned in the 90’s and the World Series for a while went through Cleveland. Cleveland Browns have a long drawn history in the NFL. Ohio State is most definitely a flag or pushpin on ‘the map’ when it comes to college football EVERY year. Them alone puts Cleveland on the map.
    So don’t hate on all those sports teams just cuz you may think one is garbage.

  15. Jeffrey - Jun 1, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    I hope he stays. Cavs haven’t had much for quite some time… until the hometown hero showed!
    Unrelated – but worth a laugh – http://www.porkchopfactory.com

  16. William - Jun 1, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    You people bashing Cleveland, inviting Lebron to New York, saying 800 sq. ft. in Manhattan BS need to STFU. Seriously.

  17. jeff H - Jun 1, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Adam,
    You say you live in Seattle but you sound like an Ohio homer with your idiotic statments about the Indians owning the 90’s and Browns having long tradition and Ohio State. Reality check is that Indians choked the 97 or so World Series and usually underachieved and then you have the Browns that are the worst team in the NFL now and have not been relevent since 1964 with Jim Brown. OSU is good but they are more known for getting worked in BCS games by SEC teams rather than the one championship they won over Miami which was because of some horrible officiating. Other than that I guess the state of Ohio can always be proud of Youngstown State in 1AA football.

  18. Joyce - Jun 1, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Let’s see……Cleveland has one of the finest hospitals in the world-The Cleveland Clinic…….one of the best orchestras-The Cleveland Orchestra………one of the best art museum…….The Cleveland Art Museum. These are what puts Cleveland on the world map. There are millions of people who could care less if any team wins a championship but there are quite a few people who are alive today because of the work at the Cleveland Clinic. I would love to see LeBron stay but even if he doesn’t, Cleveland will continue to be know the world over for what it has to offer in medicine, art and music.

  19. confused - Jun 1, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    Isn’t Lebron from NYC thus making that his home team??????Thus making NYC as favorite???

  20. Judy - Jun 1, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    I live in the Cleveland area..Thanks Adam from Seattle for putting Ohio sports teams in prosprective when it comes to winning..sure we may not win the big one..but we are always somewhere in contention.

  21. Lemonverbeena - Jun 1, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Get your facts straight… he was born in Akron, Ohio. Did you drink your dinner?

  22. magnum - Jun 1, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Relevant not revelent. You must be from somewhere other than Ohio. Folks in Ohio know how to spell and the meanings of words

  23. Lemonverbeena - Jun 1, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Here here Joyce, very well said! I worked at the Cleveland Clinic for 15 years so you are very correct in that the CC is one of the finest hospitals, drawing dignitaries from all over the world. The orchestra and art museums are beautiful and well renowned. People who bash Cleveland without knowing the goodness of it and the people are just ignorant. I hope LeBron stays too, but if he doesn’t, we will certainly go on.

  24. luffy - Jun 1, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Lebron has a bigger chance of winning a championship next season. Why? Because friggin’ MIKE BROWN isn’t the coach anymore.
    Kick-out Moon, Big Z and D. West then try to get Joe Johnson…
    PG – M. Williams
    SG – Joe Johnson
    SF – LBJ
    PF – Jamison/Hickson
    C – Shaq/Hickson/Varejao

  25. Lemonverbeena - Jun 1, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Manhattan is an armpit with a bullseye on it’s back. I’d rather be homeless than live in NYC.

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