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Winderman: LeBron says NBA becoming point guards’ league

Feb 16, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

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So what does LeBron James want?

By now we’ve learned that simply is a matter of interpretation, other than he doesn’t want to be blamed for your kids’ cartoons not being on or the store being out of milk (from that memorable postgame session in Orlando a week ago).

Then, Thursday, there were the seemingly innocuous remarks after practice about one day perhaps coming back to play in Cleveland.

Of course those comments came a day before playing in Cleveland for the only time this season.

But then James got down to talking about actual basketball, opening a window into his thought process about where the NBA is headed.

And that could have the Heat looking for somewhat of an upgrade at point guard, and perhaps hopeful of a Steve Nash buyout after the trading deadline (or a Baron Davis release by the suddenly point guard-wealthy Knicks).

Asked in particular about Kyrie Irving, James spoke about the league’s, well, future chosen “ones”.

“This is transforming into a point guard league,” he said. “It’s not there yet. You still have D-Wade, Kobe, Kevin Durant, all these great wing guys. But it’s a point guard league.

“When you look at Russell Westbrook, you look at the MVP from last year, Derrick Rose, you look at Chris Paul, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Steve Nash still, Tony Parker‘s playing at a high level.

“If you just look at it, if you have a really, really good point guard you got a chance to win.

“And it’s almost like having a really good quarterback in the NFL. If you got a really good quarterback in the NFL, you got a really good chance to win. So it’s good that this league has great point guards.”

James, of course, has at least a two-year commitment remaining with the Heat before he hits the first of two player-option years.

The best way to make sure he invokes them? Apparently by finding a “one” of a kind.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at @IraHeatBeat.

  1. steelerswin6 - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Leloser will be gone 0-10 by the time he leaves Heat.

  2. anythingbutyanks - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    CP3 or another guard who needs the rock and is used to being a scoring option wouldn’t work very well for the Heat at this point in time. They have three excellent scoring options and would need a point guard who is a distributor in the mold of Nash. They would be much better off with a 10 point-10 assist guard than a 20-5 guard, given how they play the game. Most of these younger guards that LeBron is talking about are score-first types of players who also get teammates involved rather than making the teammates the show.

  3. basketball34 - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    These comments in the last couple of days (Really? LBJ thinks about returning to the Cavs?!) would make one wonder if LeBron is just missing a little of that spotlight that’s been shining almost exclusively on Lin and the Knicks.

    • david8726 - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      …… Or maybe the Cavs questions just came up naturally since LeBron has been in Cleveland with the Heat for the last two nights and they play the Cavs tonight.

  4. ningenito78 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    He can now add ‘trashing Deron Williams because he said all teams with great PGs have a chance yet the Nets suck’ to the list of everything he’s being blamed for.

  5. mannyfresh209 - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Skeet skeet skeet like a water gun. That’s LeBron and his cash money while he makes it rain on you haters yeeeee

  6. basketball34 - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Such hypersensitivity, Manny – relax! There’s a huge difference between casual comment, honest observation, which this site is for, and hate. But that’s a curious notion you have there. Everytime LBJ plays, we should all know that’s his “cash money” that’s “raining” on everyone? Well, what is there to say except “skeet, skeet” right back at you, Manny. Enjoy your day!

  7. asublimeday - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Skeet skeet skeet like a water gun. That’s LeBron and his cash money while he makes it rain on you haters yeeeee
    He’ll blow it all within 5 years of the day he retires

    • david8726 - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      What makes you say that? The “decision” fiasco aside, he’s pretty damn business savvy. Out of all the NBA superstars, he’s one of the ones most likely to have a financial plan, I’d guess.

      LeBron, Wade, Kobe, Durant…. Guys like that live big right now, but they’re also pretty damn smart.

  8. linedrivehit - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    What “Queen James” wants is to be handed an NBA title. He couldnt be THE MAN in Cleveland, and he cant even be THE MAN in Miami when he assembled an all-star team for himself. Now he’s whining it’s all because they need an All-Star point guard TOO. The Queen will never been able to carry Jordan’s or Kobe’s jockstrap.

  9. danmichaellugatiman - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    steve nash will definitely fit in the heat, i hope miami will give will get nash after his contract expires with Phoenix…..

  10. chitownmatt - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    There are quite a few great point guards out there right now, but that doesn’t mean a team “needs” a great point to compete.

    I think its just a statistical anomaly or an aberration of this particular era.

    Many of these guys (Rose, Paul, Irving, Wall) were in High School and College when Steve Nash and Jason Kidd were in their primes and really showing the league what a great ball handler and facilitator could do.

    If you were in high school in 2004 or 05, everybody wanted to be able to run at full sprint while dribbling like Kidd and pass with a blindfold on like Nash.

  11. jollyjoker2 - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    I bet Dwayne wade feels appreciated. ha ha ,Keep opening your mouth. I guarantee your friends on your team will give you extra effort. After all, they are just help to you anyway!

  12. Todd - Feb 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    LeBron has a point.

    When was the last time (before Rose and Nash) the league featured two MVP-trophy-owning point guards?

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