LeBron was interviewed by Larry King on Tuesday night (it will air Friday) and naturally his pending free agency came up. The fact that even Larry King is asking questions about King James’s future shows you how crazy this summer will be. If you’re sick of the coverage now, it will only get worse throughout the month.
So, King (Larry) asked LeBron if Cleveland would have an advantage in the sweepstakes. His response:
“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.”
So basically LeBron said nothing. It was a pretty standard statement – “I love this city, fans, great memories.” It could very much also be a goodbye statement as well if it wasn’t surrounded by him saying it gives Cleveland a slight edge.
I still believe Cleveland is probably out of the running. I don’t doubt the sincerity of LeBron’s words though. I do believe he likes the city, fans, and has created many great memories in Cleveland. But this is a guy who wants to be a global icon. To do that, LeBron needs to win and be in a big market. Cleveland isn’t a big market obviously, and while the Cavs win a lot of regular season games, they get shown to be pretenders every May or June. That’s why Chicago needs to be considered the frontrunners. For one, its a world class city. Secondly, its a team prime to be a contender. In Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, LeBron would have legitimate wingmen.
So Cleveland fans can choose to take some relief in these words if it makes you feel any better. Ultimately though, LeBron is still leaving and he’s heading to a team who’s created some bad memories for you before.