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LeBron says he doesn’t want to go back to cold winters… when he retires

Sep 26, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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Everything LeBron James says this season is going to be parsed like a Presidential speech — every word will be seen as talk of free agency, whether he meant it or not.

Take, for example, what LeBron told Men’s Week magazine in a recent interview, when asked about where he might want to retire (literally the last paragraph of the article).

“I miss the slower pace back home but have grown used to my new city’s little perks like fresh fish and sweet fruit,” he said, already thinking of a retirement homestead. “It will definitely be someplace warm. I don’t want to go back to cold winters.”

If he doesn’t want to retire somewhere cold, what about next summer when he’s a free agent….

Stop. Just stop.

Next summer LeBron James will make a business decision, one that most likely has him saying he trusts Pat Riley to keep a winning team around him in Miami and he wants to stay put. (You think the ultimate closer Pat Riley just might be able to convince guys to come play with LeBron in Miami where they can compete for rings, enjoy the perks of Miami in addition to fresh fish, plus have no state tax hitting them?)

If he does decide to leave the Cavaliers, Lakers and plenty of others will take their swings (they will take their swings anyway). Any move would be a calculated business decision, one about building his brand — part of that calculation is winning rings, but it’s not the only thing. Winter weather’s role is pretty far down that list. Where he decides to live when he retires is another matter entirely.

Not that it will stop the speculation.

  1. spursareold - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    “You think the ultimate closer Pat Riley just might be able to convince guys to come play with LeBron in Miami where they can compete for rings, enjoy the perks of Miami in addition to fresh fish, plus have no state tax hitting them?”

    Not while Bosh and Wade are on the payroll. The only way Miami improves is if Riley tricks them into opting out with LeBron, and then throws them under the bus. Otherwise, it will be a few years before Miami improves.

    • pantsfreezone - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Really? They got Ray Allen and Shane Battier for next to nothing. They just grabbed Oden and Beasley for exactly nothing.

      You are not very well informed.

      • fanofevilempire - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Ray and Shane will be playing for the AARP team soon, Oden still has the same Knees
        that quit on him at a young age and Beasley is a weed head.
        I don’t know how long they will last.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        “They just grabbed Oden and Beasley for exactly nothing.”
        Yep, they got nothing for nothing.

      • pantsfreezone - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        They won 2 titles with LeBron, Wade, Bosh and Riley bench mob.

        I think I’ll take Pat Riley’s experience and skill over your dumb opinions.

    • leahcima1 - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Spursareold says, “The only way Miami improves is if Riley tricks them …” This could be the stupidest post in the history of the internet. You Spursareold need serious help.

    • fanofevilempire - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      guys want to make stacks and play.

      • deeballer - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        You mean guys that want to make stacks play for the Knicks. They don’t care about the ring.

  2. nflcrimerankingscom - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    One Dirtywane Wade’s knee blows out this year, Lebron will be booking a 1 way ticket to Cleveland.

    • antistratfordian - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      They can probably still win without Wade. LeBron will just do what he did in 2012 to make up for the lack of Bosh and do more of… everything.

      • fanofevilempire - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        I don’t know about winning without Wade, I know he has bad wheels but he is
        good when he isn’t coming off a back to back and he has heart.

      • antistratfordian - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Well the team has enough talent to win without either Wade or Bosh. Miami has never struggled with Wade out of the lineup – in fact their offense seems to flow better under those circumstances.

        Wade always seems to show up though when LeBron can’t seem to get it going and no one else can either. Just at the right time.

      • detroitbasketballfan - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        I actually think bosh is more important being a stretch four of course wade has a legacy in miami so the only time he and lebron dont play together will be after he retires wgich could be in about 4 years

  3. antistratfordian - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Even Michael Jordan left the chilly shores of Lake Michigan for South Florida.

    Miami has everything going for it when it comes to recruiting. You have the financial benefits of the state – the aesthetic benefits if its location on the globe – and you’d get to play with unselfish stars who are fun to play with. All being guided by The Godfather in Pat Riley. It’s an ideal situation for almost any player.

  4. asimonetti88 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    “LeBron says he doesn’t want to go back to cold winters”

    Neither does anyone else

    • fanofevilempire - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      yeah, it’s cold in the morning out here in Brooklyn and soon it will be dark @ 4:30.

  5. azarkhan - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    James will finish out his career in Miami, which during the winter (the NBA season) has warm weather, golf courses, nice beaches and beautiful, mostly naked women. Any free agent who can will sign with the Heat in the hope of winning a championship, à la Ray Allen. BTW, anybody who thinks he might sign with the Cavaliers or spend his retirement in Cleveland should see a psychiatrist.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      I’ve heard that Cleveland has a very nice football stadium. Not that they have a very nice team to go with it, but still.

  6. shanydawg - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    In related news, Kevin Durant admits that he doesn’t want hot pokers shoved in his eyes when he retires – and Doc Rivers said that he’d rather retire in a place that regularly has food and water. WOW – you guys broke the mold in this story. WHAT REPORTING!

  7. sportsguy6969 - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    The Heat are a joke just like your bandwagon fans! lebron is going to go back to that rat whole Cleveland! He better take his mom with em to! I’m sure delonta wear is waiting to…

  8. gmsingh - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    LeBron also said that he wants D. Wade to live next door when he retires so he can continue to carry him and get good exercise.

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