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LeBron isn’t talking about summer of 2014… that tactic worked so well last time

Jun 25, 2013, 8:23 PM EDT

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It’s unlikely LeBron James is leaving the Miami Heat in the summer of 2014.

But that isn’t going to stop the dreamers in Cleveland and Los Angeles, not is it going to stop 12 months of speculation from all corners of the sports world. Because in the absence of facts we speculate.

LeBron James got asked about his plans for the 2014 summer on Tuesday and he gave the same kind of non-answer we heard during the year of speculation in Cleveland before he left in 2010. And that didn’t exactly calm things down back then. Although to be fair this time he hinted this time about staying put.

From an interview with the Associated Press:

James said Tuesday that he is not thinking about the possibility of becoming a free agent in 12 months, though he did acknowledge that the prospects of competing with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley for several more championships with the Miami Heat is more than a tiny bit intriguing.

“That’s the goal,” James said. “That’s the ultimate finish. And we all hope that can happen, obviously…”

What about the flood of questions and speculation coming next season?

“I’ve been in this position before,” James said. “I’ve heard it before. It can’t get any worse than my season before I became a free agent in 2010.”

I don’t know, after a couple of titles I think it can get worse. Not talking about it creates a vacuum and the Internet abhors a vacuum — there will be rumors and speculation at the speed of twitter.

I think we’re going to hear a lot about it for the next year. Especially since LeBron isn’t going to talk about it.

  1. logisticalvoices - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I didn’t reblog this article. Just thought you would want to know.

  2. livingsacrifice86 - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    @logisticalvoices
    AWESOME
    and I bet no matter how many times he says he doesn’t know or doesn’t want to talk about it there will be a story about it on PBT. The media created that circus last time, dude has a right to not know until it’s time to

    • shanydawg - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Agree. Last time he was a FREE AGENT, perfectly within his rights, and by his own admission, addmitted the show was a PR mistake… but it DID raise millions to charity (a little reported on fact) – and then with it along with Dan Snyder and the fans in Cleveland. Now they’re digging up a 4 year old story AGAIN! LET IT FKG GO!

    • hehateme2 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      He’s found a new home. Deal with it.

  3. rickyspanish - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    So it begins. The blogger talks about how we are going to have to hear about this while no tangible information is given. Take a stand and buck the system, try not re-reporting anything until real information surfaces. It comes back to bite you most of the time. Hey blogger, set the example, don’t follow it.

  4. reddolfan66 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I ain’t got no worries!!

  5. jjones314 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    I ain’t worried bout nothin

  6. elcapitanfiscal - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    He’s a baaad man

  7. sfsugator - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    he’s sooooo good.

    ~laker fan

  8. savvybynature - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    I like how the Lebron going back to Cleveland thing became just the pipedream fantasy of some “dreamers in Cleveland,” when the whole thing was created and pushed by the media — including this blog!
    Now that they’ve created it, it’s “oh those poor hapless schmucks in Cleveland dreaming about Lebron coming back! How pathetic!” Haha.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      The guy who ran on the court in Cleveland wearing a “Come Back LeBron” shirt was a media member? That must be how he slipped past security so easily.

      Look, we’ve had a good time with the #LarrylovesMiami thing, but more important is that #SavannahLovesMiami

      • silencegooddoer - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        I am guessing majority of Cleveland does NOT want him back! It is funny that is even being mentioned. The people in Cleveland don’t want him back anymore than LeBron even wants to go back.

  9. hjworton46 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Peyton Manning hasn’t talked about not returning to Indianapolis the season after next, therefor we need to speculate about it.

  10. anhdazman - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Wade is clearly on the decline. Bosh is barely push star status anymore. Just about an above average player. Lebron would be wise to look for greener pasture else in 2014.

    That’s unless the Heat can unload Bosh and his big salary and attempt to get a different championship bottom feeder.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      LeBron would indeed be wise to look; it would cost nothing to do so, and he will have every right to look, just as he did in Cleveland.

      Having done his “due diligence”, I’m guessing that he will then judge that he and his family will be most successful and happiest where they are, unless next season goes really really wrong, and probably even then … two rings in three seasons would make a so-so year easier to look past …

      … which reminds me: lakerluver said the Heat wouldn’t do anything this year – anyone heard from him lately?

  11. florida727 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Not a Heat or a LeBron fan, but also not a hater of either. Practically speaking though, the reason he’s not saying anything is pretty obvious to me. He wants to wait and see if Wade gets and stays healthy, and whether Bosh starts producing more than he is currently. If Wade retires or declines too much more, and Bosh treads water production-wise, he’ll do exactly what he did before: look out for LeBron first and foremost and go wherever he has the best supporting cast to produce more rings. Who’d blame him? Everyone wants to win. And being as good as he is, he has all the leverage. I’m sure he and his family love the warm weather of south Florida as much as anyone would, but he’ll go wherever he can win right away. No rebuilding projects in his future. Miami fans should enjoy the ride just as we did in Chicago with Jordan. It’s a fun time to be a Heat fan. Enjoy it for what it is.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      florida727: You’re surely right that LeBron will do what’s best for him, but that doesn’t necessarily mean bailing if Dwyane and/or CB retreat to sub-all-star level. The Heat survived CB’s going down in last year’s playoffs, and they have people who know how to make good acquisitions. That doesn’t mean the Heat can get through anything anytime, but this is becoming a very battle-tested team, which they were not two years ago – not that anyone can take anything for granted – with Rose and Granger coming back, the Eastern Conference should be way more interesting next year than it was this year.

  12. jjones314 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    RANT OF THE YEAR!!

    ALL HATERS SHOULD WATCH!

  13. sire2334 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Wow…I remember jersey and car burnings when he left Cleveland for Miami. Now, the fans say “hey man, we were just f’ing around come on back”? How do you switch up so easily?

  14. dezglobal - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Going from Cleveland to Miami i understand…. Miami to Cleveland will make me scratch my head. “yea i think i want to leave one of the best places in the united states where I’ve already been successful to play in cleveland.” Makes sense

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