Category Archives: Lebron James
LeBron James has tightened his inner circle and stonewalled the teams recruiting him and the media stalking him during the week in which his free agency has raged.
This time, it’s official. A group of Trail Blazers fans who want LeBron
James to sign with Portland will hold a rally Sunday outside the Rose
The rally was originally scheduled for Pioneer Courthouse Square until
organizer David Chitsazan discovered the group needed a permit. The
group has secured permission to gather on the sidewalk that surrounds
the Rose Garden and Memorial Coliseum.
"We will remain on that city block," Chitsazan said in an e-mail. "The
event was approved by City of Portland Special Events Coordinator
While Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Rabbit calculates and Owl
pontificates, Pooh just is." — Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
The Knicks braintrust whittles away the anxious days until July 1 by
holding meetings to strategize their free agency plans, meetings to
strategize how to market the results and hosting pre-draft workouts for
second-round caliber players that have, so far, left no one excited
about making the No. 38 and 39 picks.
If LeBron James turns to Charles Oakley for advice on where to play next
season, the Knicks could be out of the running.
Oakley slammed his former team in an interview with a Miami radio
"I can’t tell him to go to New York," Oakley said. "New York treated me
… When I go to the Knicks games, do you know that they have somebody
that follows me around to see what I say to the press?"
When Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov took over operating control
of the New Jersey Nets recently, he inherited a team hemorrhaging money.
The Nets lost $61 million last year alone, and Prokhorov absorbed a
debt of more than $180 million.
That’s the equivalent to a few cases of vodka for Prokhorov, the richest
man in Russia and the 39th wealthiest in the world, according to
Forbes’ most recent list.
Prokhorov knows little about the NBA, but a lot about business. LeBron
James likes business, too. Whether the two are a match won’t be
determined until next month. Despite being the league’s worst team last
season, the Nets have the cap space and are ready to pounce on James in
this summer’s elite free-agent class.
World Wide Wes has been telling everyone that he believes LeBron
James(notes) is leaning hard toward signing with the Chicago Bulls. No
one can be certain if basketball’s most famous middleman has been
whispering honest insights to friends or amping the anxiety of Cleveland
owner Dan Gilbert. Just know this: It wasn’t until Tom Thibodeau – who
swore he never again wanted an agent – signed with William Wesley’s CAA
that the Chicago Bulls grew serious about the coach’s candidacy.
Something pushed Bulls officials to get on a plane, fly to Los Angeles
on the eve of the NBA Finals and meet with the Boston Celtics assistant
coach. Within 48 hours, the Bulls had a deal for Thibodeau to become
their head coach. For several weeks, the Bulls had chances to interview
him. They never did. Just a year ago, Thibodeau couldn’t get offers from
the Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia Sixers and
Minnesota Timberwolves. The Celtics see him as a career assistant and
wouldn’t even consider him as a candidate to replace Doc Rivers.
Now LeBron James get to choose his next coach and general manager if he
so chooses to re-sign with the Cavaliers.
Danny Ferry is out as general manager of Cleveland and the club
installed his assistant, Chris Grant as interim general manager. It’s
unclear if Grant is permanent, with James’ free-agent choice the obvious
Ferry’s contract was expiring this month and he resigned stunningly
after a five-season tour did not net a title with James. On the surface,
it would seem James has more power than ever to shape his future.
The King is in the process of assembling his court.
In an unprecedented move, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson and
Dwyane Wade — all All-Stars and potential free agents as of July 1 —
plan to assemble and map out their futures, according to a story first
published by the Chicago Tribune.
Bill Duffy, the agent for Pistons forward Tayshuan Prince, likened it to
Batman searching for Robin with the ultimate goal being gaining an NBA
LeBron James won’t handpick the Knicks next coach if he signs with them,
because Mike D’Antoni is going nowhere. Not even for Phil Jackson. But
James could have a say in a prominent late-summer general manager
According to two sources, Knicks team president Donnie Walsh plans to
start compiling a list of general manager candidates in late July/early
August after the free-agent frenzy is over.
Like many of us from time to time, LeBron James must decide where he is
going to work next. This has created a smattering of interest. ESPN, for
instance, has created a Web page called the “LeBron Tracker,” which
includes a countdown-to-free-agency clock; when it hits zero, I assume
James will drop out of the sky onto Times Square.
Actually, best I can tell from reading the New York papers, James is
going to sign with the Knicks and the Nets.
Here is a rundown of the most likely places LeBron will land:
• Cavaliers: James has reached the proverbial fork in the road. If he
follows the same route to The Q, they’ll name the highway after him. But
if he takes the interstate out of town, he’d better take all his
belongings because nobody’s letting him come back home.