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Report: LeBron James to meet with Pat Riley Wednesday in Las Vegas

Jul 8, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT

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Maybe, finally, this will lead to a little clarity.

NBA free agency has been bottlenecked waiting for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to make their decisions, which will open up the secondary markets and after that the dominos will start to fall quickly.

LeBron James is set to meet with Pat Riley and talk about his future with the Heat on Wednesday, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Riley will be able to point to the signings of Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger. Not exactly huge stars, but Miami’s big three of LeBron, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade aren’t leaving so much money on the table as to allow Riley to go after the big, more expensive names. Those two are signs of a deeper bench Riley plans to build with the money he does have (whatever it ends up being exactly). Miami’s front office remains confident LeBron will return.

There has been a lot of momentum toward LeBron returning to Cleveland as the prodigal son. There are certainly basketball reasons to do so — Kyrie Irving is better than anyone on the Heat and with Andrew Wiggins and a host of recent and future high picks they can put together an interesting, albeit young team. Part of the momentum and rumors also have been fueled by LeBron’s agent suggesting that the Cavaliers can pull this off. There are also a lot of people close to LeBron who miss what they had in Cleveland — LeBron and his crew had full run of everything in the Cleveland organization, Miami is not that way at all. Miami is Pat Riley and a very solid structure. Some around LeBron miss the old days, the power.

The question is: Does LeBron?

He’s a far more mature person at 29 than he was at 25 when he left Cleveland — he’s married, far more stable, and he has a couple of rings and four trips to the Finals. He’s been through a lot and has grown from it.

He makes his own decisions, he sees both what Miami has given and can do for him and potential in Cleveland.

The question is what does LeBron want.

  1. seasickcecil - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Folks in Cleveland tonight are pretty happy tonight after finding out that they are hosting the 2014 republican national convention. So getting Lebron I’m guessing there would be a party. Myself I’m not convinced. Lebron wants championships handed to him. He’s a great player but just doesn’t have the guts of a Byrd, Magic or MJ.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Yeah, it took a lot of guts for Magic and Bird to get drafted to teams with hall of famers already on them. lol.

      • drewzducks - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        What Hall of Famers who played with Bird on his championship teams were on the team “when they drafted him”?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        Tiny Archibald was the only Hall of Fame holdover from his rookie year. Not a bad guy to have on your team, eh? He was an All-Star in Bird’s early years.

      • drewzducks - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:17 AM

        Yet when Bird was drafted Archibald wasn’t’ even on the team yet. Another factual mistake in your part.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        Archibald was on the Celtics in 78-79. Bird was a rookie in 79-80. They won the title together in 1981. Bird didn’t win Finals MVP for that title either. Someone else did.

        Point is, Bird had plenty of help early on. Like Magic, he’s never really known struggle in the NBA because he was fortunate to end up with great teammates right out of the gate. And after guys like Cowens and Archibald left, his management was good enough to get him other hall of fame teammates.

        Obviously that wasn’t the case with LeBron. His story is more like MJ – they ended up on talentless teams and had to struggle and fight to get to their titles.

      • thegloriousone - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        LeBron would have had to struggle to win a title had he remained in Cleveland. He didn’t. He left to join Wade and Bosh and THEN won a title. He had the most talented team in the league, and he won two titles. It should have been one, but the Spurs choked away game 6 last year.

        LeBron James is not interested in working for titles.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:54 AM

        He carried terrible teams to the NBA finals and for nearly a decade had to deal with incompetent management and coaching. That is a struggle. A guy like MJ was at least lucky to have a GM like Krause who could draft a Pippen and a Grant in his 4th year and then promote a Phil Jackson to HC for him. LeBron was in Cleveland for 7 years waiting for something like that and nothing… he had to be his own GM, essentially. Once he had competent management he was in the finals every single year, as you saw.

        Cleveland was tough on LeBron. It was very hard. He had to carry more than most players will ever have to. And he nearly had to duplicate that a few times in Miami due to injuries to key guys.

  2. seasickcecil - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Anti I have not responded to any of your posts because quite frankly I consider you an idiot. So if you could kindly not respond to mine because I could care less about what you have to say.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Well look who’s talking. Some guy named “Byrd” and Magic have guts because they were fortunate to get drafted to teams with hall of famers on them. You think LeBron would’ve left Cleveland if Kareem was there? The rookie Bird had the benefit of joining three hall of famers. Cmon man. Try harder.

      • drewzducks - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:12 AM

        Again, you continue to show your complete lack of basketball knowledge pre 2005. ” The rookie Bird had the benefit of joining three hall of famers”? Are you referring to 3 functional players who helped him win a title ?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:35 AM

        He did in fact join functional players who helped him win a title. Archibald would go to the next three All-Star games and Maxwell won Finals MVP in 1981. Now Maxwell is not a hall of famer like Cowens and Nate, but some argue that he should be. Maravich was also there and he gave them a spark but he retired after Bird’s rookie year like Cowens.

        But you’re completely missing the point. The biggest star on the Cavs when LeBron joined was Ricky Davis. He didn’t even have a broken down Hall of Famer to look at in the locker room, much less one who was making All-Star teams like Nate Archibald.

  3. seasickcecil - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    You don’t get it loser. Nothing you say means anything to me. You make me sick. So let’s give it a rest.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      “I’d have stayed in school [if the Bulls won the 1979 coin toss for the #1 pick instead of the Lakers]. A coin toss changed the course of my whole life. I wouldn’t have played [in Chicago]. The only reason I came out was to play with Kareem and the Lakers.” – Magic Johnson

      That’s gutsy to you? Did you see LeBron refuse to go to Cleveland like an Eli Manning or force his way to some more attractive destination like a Kobe Bryant? Or did James stay in Cleveland and fight for 7 years?

      You’re just flat out wrong on this.

  4. bobbybouche305 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    sorry was going to say these r only the ones of the top of my head that have been to playoffs…..better than anyone in miami?????by what standard?playoff wins?team wins? most 3s? most blocks by guard? all stars ?mvps?playoff mvps?finals mvps?

    oh by media,love, hype, overratedness? ah got it…..

  5. seasickcecil - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    You still aren’t getting it. I don’t care what you think. I’m not arguing with you about anything. I want you to get lost. I would like to be able to post on this site without getting banned. Just go away moron!

    • antistratfordian - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Ha. You obviously do care. You care so much that it instantly makes you emotional. You avoid talking to me because it raises your blood pressure.

      But, look, no one cares about your childish nonsense about how you feel about me personally. We’re here to talk about basketball, not your feelings. But I know that you know that you’re wrong on this. That’s the most important takeaway here.

      • jollyjoker2 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        drama queesn!

      • antistratfordian - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        you hit enter too fast on that one

  6. jollyjoker2 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    you know, if these guys are able to pick their team..i would like to see the entire NBA go to lottery and make these guys stay with the clubs for at least 6-7 years before free agency. It would at least make it interesting

  7. seasickcecil - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    Anti to me your a pathetic fool. I am sure you feel the same about me which is fine. All I am asking is that you do not reply to my posts and I will not reply to yours. I DO NOT CARE WHAT YOU THINK. YOUR OPINIONS MEAN NOTHING TO ME.PLEASE GO AWAY.

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