Signs point to LeBron leaving Cleveland
CLEVELAND — At the final buzzer Thursday night, LeBron James and Kevin
Garnett were seen whispering in each other’s ears. Garnett may have told
James: "Get out now!"
That’s what Garnett believes James should do.
"Loyalty is something that hurts you at times because you can’t get
youth back," Garnett said regarding James’ big decision following
Boston’s stunning ouster of the Cavaliers. Garnett added if he had to do
it all over again with Minnesota, "I’d have done it a little sooner."
All signs are pointing toward a Cleveland exit for James — with the
Knicks gaining confidence at having a legitimate shot at landing "The
Chosen One" on July 1 when free-agency begins.
The city of Cleveland, meanwhile, was in a state of shock yesterday and the organization is in clear disarray after the Cavaliers’ stunning ouster and the very realization their hero probably is on the way out. The Knicks, Bulls, Miami and the Nets will be in competition for James’ services, or another team could arise in a sign-and-trade.
James was a no-show at the Cavaliers’ practice facility yesterday. His formal exit interview with president Danny Ferry has been postponed. And there already was an erroneous report Mike Brown was fired.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert denied the report, but Brown did not speak to the media, a telling sign. Gilbert said something could come down in "seven to 10 days" as they "evaluate" the situation. Rumblings are James and Brown had a run-in earlier in the series.
More signs. Sonny Vaccaro, the sneaker-king whose friends with James’ entourage, expects James to leave — for Chicago. The entourage seems to be split between New York, Chicago and Cleveland, and an aide of President Obama said the noted Bulls fan is hoping James comes to the Windy City.
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday on his radio show said he hopes James becomes a Knick and is willing to talk with him to explain the merits of living in New York.
Dan Gilbert wasn’t thrilled at the speculation and took a poke at Bloomberg.
During a press conference at the Cavaliers practice facility, the gregarious Gilbert said New York’s mayor should have better things to worry about.