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Poll: LeBron James' destination

Now that the Celtics have eliminated the Cavaliers from the NBA playoffs -- and the Cavs bowed out meekly, Michael Wilbon points out -- speculation is raging that LeBron James (who becomes a free agent on July 1) will leave Cleveland.


By Alexa Steele  |  May 14, 2010; 9:59 AM ET
 
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What's hard to comprehend is you implying that they'll look old against Cleveland and then saying if they aren't old they'll be fine. Say what you mean and back it up with facts.

OKay. Dig this...they ARE old. Rasheed is washed up. KG is one foot outside the nursing home. Ray Allen is parking and Paul Pierce has a wheelchair on standby already. Miami is a team they could beat without them being 100% of what they were.

That's not the case with Cleveland. Their 2nd round opponent. That's who they play. If they beat Cleveland then my criticism is null and void.

Comprende?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | April 30, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse
Can we get an appearance today? I'd like for all of us to talk about this. What were we saying about Cle,Bis and ORL? the top 3 teams that were left in the east?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 14, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Although I never made any bold predictions, I have no problem in admitting that I thought the Celtics would be too old. I am surprised at the outcome. In retrospect a few things make sense. Rondo is not only a damn good player but an incredibly smart player. He really was key. The matchups also favored Boston. KG was too tall for AJ and to quick for Shaq. But ultimately, Lebron did bring his A or B game in the final two games.

I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he was ailing because it almost appeared dissinterested.

As far as next year, I think the draft lottery will be an important factor. If the Nets get the #1 pick a good case can be made for him going there. (He and Jay-Z can continue their love affair,LOL). They have a lot of assets in young players and Brooks Lopez. Knicks will need a lot in addition to Lebron. Even if they sign a second big time FA, they will need a legit big man. He wil go to in one of these in this order;

Cleveland
New Jersey
Washington

Posted by: millineumman | May 14, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Correction "Lebron did NOT bring his A or B game" in the final two games.

Posted by: millineumman | May 14, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

give me a break!! lets just focus on the great teams that are left and give up on LBJ till after like he did in game six...
Wow, Boston looked real good beating Cleveland but I might not be alone when I think that they have their hands full in Orlando. The Magic beat them in seven and they will again this year, they have only improved since last year with the addition of Vinsanity. Here’s proof with a prediction: http://www.lionsdenu.com/nba-playoffs-eastern-conference-final-boston-celtics-vs-orlando-magic/
The Celtics could do it though, Rajon Rondo is a beast and Boston needs him.

Posted by: TimAlvine | May 14, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

What about the Nets?

Posted by: Kev29 | May 14, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

"I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he was ailing because it almost appeared dissinterested."

Problem is, being injured is not an excuse for being disinterested. The one has nothing to do with the other.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 14, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

His best shoot is to stay where he is.He should proff every body wrong by wining shampionship in ohio,winning it some where is not going to be his no matter how he contribute.

Posted by: gtefferra | May 14, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

The folks in Boston seem to think it is the New York Knicks.

But the smart thing would be to standpat, like Michael and Kobe, maybe look at changing the coach, and what players to swap.

If the goal is to win a championship, he is further along in Cleveland than he would be in New York or many other places.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 14, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

So are we to assume there is a genuine possibility LeBRON will be a WIZARD with $17,730,694 going to ARENAS next season?

ARENAS is going nowhere, and the cement block tied to the club's neck will drown us until he's done, or two more years come off his contract. The luxury tax would be prohibitive for LeTRAVEL to be on this team.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 14, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Honestly, I am disgusted at that inclusion of the Wizards in this poll. Sure, Ted can put on the "Kid and Play" CD and they can bust a move together but most of us can barely stomach watching him, much less watching him in a Wizard uniform

Posted by: Beeb1 | May 14, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

This current version of the Cavs isn't going to win a title. It took Ferry six years of moving pieces around to put this team together and they flopped. How long will it take for him to completely overhaul it (because that's what it'll take)?

Don't know what he will do, but if James's goal is to get on the fast track to a title, Chicago is the best of the available options. They're already a playoff team without him, they have max cap space (so if they get James in a S&T they can still add another big name), they have young studs at PG and C, and they have an open coaching slot that James can fill with his hand-picked choice.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 14, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"Honestly, I am disgusted at that inclusion of the Wizards in this poll. Sure, Ted can put on the "Kid and Play" CD and they can bust a move together but most of us can barely stomach watching him, much less watching him in a Wizard uniform"

I seriously doubt you'll have to worry about seeing Lebron in a Wizards uniform any time soon.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 14, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Correction "Lebron did NOT bring his A or B game" in the final two games.

Posted by: millineumman | May 14, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

the triple dip in the final game was tough guys. he had 9 tos and definitely seemed disinterested, but LBJ might be upset that the team has to lose a first round pick that coulda been used on another talented, high energy, hustle player like JJ hickson (frozen out of the playoffs) but instead he gets AJ who goes for a whopping 5 pts in an elimination game. Say what you want about Bron, but just because he gets a 27pts 10assts and 19 rebs and makes it look like it's nothing doesn't mean he wasn't interested. I'm sure he's more frustrated than any wizards player or fan. He's the best player in the league. his work ethic is documented. You can all but guarantee that he's bringing all of whatever game (A,B,C ect) he's got in him to the floor. Only one other Cav in double figures last night. Read everything the pundits and talking heads had to say about AJ going there. he was supposed to bolster offense and take pressure off of LBJ. Instead, Bos went at him early and often and once again exposed what a deplorable defender he is. The effectively took him out of the game. LBJ is the leader, so he takes the hit. But since the AJ move, the Cavs have become a softer team. Bron's going to Jersey or wherever Wade's at, 2010 Mike and Scottie.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 14, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Who cares where he goes. As long as he's losing I'll be happy. As most Wizards fans yesterday, I really enjoyed watching Cleveland quit last night. Someone should show them a picture of them quitting the next time they start posing during introductions.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | May 14, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Someone should show them a picture of them quitting the next time they start posing during introductions.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | May 14, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

all day that! (but i doubt you'll have to worry about Lebron posing with any players from the cavs next season)

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 14, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

If LeBron was simply "all about the winning" as he said, the correct answer to any question about NEXT YEAR would be,"I've not even began to think about it, I been concentrating on a title".

LeBron seemed to answer the question about what the reason was for his increased distraction as the playoffs wore on. He was already thinking about NEXT YEAR.

Seems that BronBron and his dreams of being a Billionaire and a worldwide icon are distracting him from the game. His numbers were great last night, but he still had some monster lapses and appeared to drift in and out of the flow of the game.

He just didn't seem totally dialed in. I've never seen a guy like Kobe, or MJ, or any of the greats, approach a make or break game and seem to be what sometimes appeared as bored...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | May 14, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

IF he stays in Cleveland he'll have the best chance. I think that Shaq & AJ hurt the Cavs more than they helped.
They played better as a team without those two.
That was the difference in this series. The Celts played as a team and the Cavs never jelled with the 2 new guys.
I think that Labron just couldn't be himself with Shaq in the locker room or on the floor.
Also they were out coached against the Bulls & Celtics. Change could be coming there.

Posted by: VBFan | May 14, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Problem is, being injured is not an excuse for being disinterested. The one has nothing to do with the other.

Posted by: kalo_rama
If one is really hurting you could go out and give it your best shot, but obviously not have the same pep in your step. In this regard, I'm used to seeing Lebron running around like a runaway freight train. Last two games, he hung around the perimeter mostly.

Posted by: millineumman | May 14, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

made this shirt to help Lebron decide to come to the Knicks

http://hopelebron.com/

I hope it works

Posted by: getitshirts | May 14, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"If one is really hurting you could go out and give it your best shot, but obviously not have the same pep in your step. In this regard, I'm used to seeing Lebron running around like a runaway freight train. Last two games, he hung around the perimeter mostly."

Being hurt is an excuse for not playing well. It is not, however, an excuse for not playing hard or focused. Just because he couldn't give as much as normal didn't mean he could give all of what he had left. he didn't appear to be doing that in the last couple of games.


Duncan, Ginobili, Parker, Nash, Bryant, and Boozer all were hurt coming into and/or during the playoffs. All gave solid efforts, regardless of the results.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 14, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

LeBron is a freight train to the rim when he has a clear path. I thought the Celtics did a great job of having multiple players between him and the basket. His jump shot gets better with confidence, and his confidence comes from getting to the basket. If you confine him to only jumpers, he is not the same player. I thought he looked defeated - Boston figured out how to shut him down.

That said, Cleveland still looks like the best place for him to be successful of the options people are throwing around, and it's also his hometown. I'll be shocked if he goes to the Knicks or anywhere else.

Posted by: gophercrow | May 14, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

@SDMDTSU HELLO

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 14, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Kalo, I don't think you can say that Lebron was disinterested or that he didn't play hard last night. He grabbed 18 boards. I saw hustle, but I didn't think he had the same kind of energy or explosion that we typically see from him. I think that the only explanation for his performance is that he is ailing physically.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | May 14, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

So are we to assume there is a genuine possibility LeBRON will be a WIZARD with $17,730,694 going to ARENAS next season?

ARENAS is going nowhere, and the cement block tied to the club's neck will drown us until he's done, or two more years come off his contract. The luxury tax would be prohibitive for LeTRAVEL to be on this team.

Posted by: glawrence007

LeBron coming or not coming here has nothing to do with Gil's contract. They have the cap space to sign him and any Luxury Tax issues would be offset by the very likely large increase in attendance.

That being said....he ain't coming here.

Posted by: ts35 | May 14, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm up there with the folks who initially thought Cleveland would win this series 4-1 or 4-2, with some close games maybe.

I keep forgetting how good Boston's team defensive scheme can be in a seven game series. KG also looks healthier now than he has most of this season. Boston / Orlando should be an interesting series. Orlando is a better balanced team than Cleveland. KG will face tougher match-ups than AJ or Shaq. Should be fun to watch!

Posted by: ts35 | May 14, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"His best shoot is to stay where he is."

He's not that smart and when you have nothing but "yes men" around you he's going to do what he wants.

I'm betting Miami.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 14, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Those that assume that the Wizards can't afford LeBron are wrong. The Wizards will have room for a max player if they choose to go that route of if they can convince the right player to come here. That's the value of dumping Jamison, Butler, Haywood, Stevenson, etc. -- salary cap space.

Is Lebron likely to come to DC? No, but if you add him to Gilbert, Dray, a probable #5 or better choice in the draft, and other young players that the Wiz have, I would argue that Lebron would have a better chance to win here than any of his other choices except Chicago. I wouldn't underestimate Lenosis on anything. If the Wizards got totally lucky and won the lottery -- I think John Wall and Ted Leonsis is a great lure for Lebron to DC.

Posted by: dwill2 | May 14, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Two years in a NJ nets jersey sales ??, then in a Brooklyn jersey sales ?? don't forget the throwback cavs jersey sales?, pick a another free agent pal to go with to NJ options?, Wade or Amare no one else, he needs all around players not role players (bosh, boozer, johnson, etc. majority international owner for exposure? part owner urban icon Jay z - homey ? can mold a team in two years with trades, draft etc to be #1 when move to Brooklyn, unlimited financial resources, his promotion/agent/marketing business will be more successful, superstar/entertainment/sports N Y connections? open coaching vacancy, plz everyone if you were in his shoes no disrespect to cavs fans (i understand) this would be your destiny. And to end it with a little inside info cav fans stop reading now ------ its more beneficial to Lebron to win his first title with NJ/BKLY in a financial sense, and his attitude and playing style in these last two games proved this idea.

Posted by: tvdorsey | May 14, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

You all need to check your facts before you post: The Wizards have roughly $18 plus million to spend in cap space plus 2 first round picks 1 second round pick ( all in the first 35 picks). So Lebron or not they are in good shape.

Posted by: agreen3 | May 14, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

What's hard to comprehend is you implying that they'll look old against Cleveland and then saying if they aren't old they'll be fine. Say what you mean and back it up with facts.

OKay. Dig this...they ARE old. Rasheed is washed up. KG is one foot outside the nursing home. Ray Allen is parking and Paul Pierce has a wheelchair on standby already. Miami is a team they could beat without them being 100% of what they were.

That's not the case with Cleveland. Their 2nd round opponent. That's who they play. If they beat Cleveland then my criticism is null and void.

Comprende?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | April 30, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse
Can we get an appearance today? I'd like for all of us to talk about this. What were we saying about Cle,Bis and ORL? the top 3 teams that were left in the east?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 14, 2010 10:18 A


Thanks, lilhollywood10.

NULL AND VOID!!!

Posted by: Firuz1 | May 14, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

SDMDTSU

Does Boston still look old and washed up to you or are your criticisms null and void?

Posted by: Firuz1 | May 14, 2010 8:01 AM

Comprende??

Posted by: Firuz1 | May 14, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

i doubt he signs on before the draft

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 14, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Where are the Nets? And throw in the Clips and Mavs for good measure.

Posted by: jaguar2490 | May 14, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Although I think that LaDrama Queen will wind-up staying in Cleveland with a new, hand-picked coach, I agree with previous posters that the New Jersey (urr Brooklyn) Nets and Bron's boy Jay-Z should have been included on the poll.

Posted by: SportzWiz | May 14, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

For the Wizards, Ted Leonsis is more important than Lebron James.

Even so, the Caps never seem to get past the first or second round, even with the best record in the league. And that "best record" might reflect the fact that they play the San Jose Sharks no more than once or twice a season. Wonder if the Caps would have the President's Cup if the Sharks were in the Southeast Division? When was the last time the Caps beat the Sharks?

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 14, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

First off this is DC Metro which includes Maryland and Northern Va, all this NY Knick crap is garbage and as a Wizards fan, *$#@ NY and Cleveland if its about winning Lebron should go to Miami and team up with DWade...The Knicks, Nets , and Cleveland are garbage....

Posted by: BeatDontStop | May 14, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Two words: Timber Wolves

Posted by: markiejoe | May 14, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

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