"Trevor asked LeBron if he would be in Cleveland after next season," the source said. "And LeBron said, 'I'll be there. Of course, I'll be there.' "
Ouch, big blow to Knicks fans, looks like LeBron is staying...
Oh wait, of course he isn't...
LeBron's camp is now going out of their way to deny this report! Think about that for a second. If LeBron wasn't sure where he'd be after next season, he could have just let it stay out there, after all it's just the words of a 24 year old who had a phone convo with LeBron. In fact, LeBron could swash all this talk about 2010 any time he wants to. He could clear up his long term future, he could sign an extension or at least just say he is going to sign one next year, and maybe Cleveland for the first time in the history of the Cavalier franchise could sign a free agent away from another team that amounts to anything, becuase as we all know, Cleveland has never, ever, ever signed a free agent worth anything at all. But LeBron refuses to do that, and he refuses to even let the idea that he might be staying in Cleveland last more then a couple hours before his people squash that story like a bug.
In fact, I'm gonna post the words of my man Tommy Dee from The Knicks Blog, who does great work. His take on this issue mirrors mine, and he worded it really well, so there is no use paraphrasing his words when I can attribute him fully.
"...every day that Lebron doesn’t sign his extension is a day in the favor of him finding an address elsewhere. Think about it, the first argument you get from a Cleveland supporter is because he’s from there and they can offer the most money and the second is that the Knicks stink. The second point is to illustrate and hammer home the fact that Lebron craves championships.
Well, if he wanted a championship, he’d give his team the best chance to win THIS YEAR and the years following. Do you really think that the guy is unhappy that guys like Rasheed Wallace , Ron Artest and Charlie Villanueva , players who could really help him win this year, aren’t there? Don’t you think he would be fuming that his management couldn’t secure any one of them?
He’s not upset because his wavering is the reason they are not there and he knows it.
We’re talking about a warrior, and a player who uncharacteristically stormed off the floor without shaking hands with Dwight Howard , which to me was a clear example of how badly he wants to win. He couldn’t stomach the sight of a team celebrating. Right or wrong, he left the floor because that’s how much he wanted to win. He didn’t know what to do when he lost.
So now I’m supposed to believe that his attitude has changed? That he won’t do everything it takes to bring in the talent to get over that frustrating hump THIS YEAR when no other team is standing pat?
You want me to believe that he thinks Shaq alone is that player to take him to the promise land?
You want me to believe that Lebron is not giving his team the best chance at a title this year because he wants to “keep his options open” in 2010?
Well I don’t. I didn’t before today and I won’t tomorrow."
Makes you think, doesn't it...