June 1st, 2010
02:26 PM ET

LeBron: Cleveland has "edge" when he's free agent

[Updated 7:45 p.m.] Read the full story on Lebron giving Cleveland the "edge" on CNN.com

[Posted 2:26 p.m.]Two-time MVP basketball superstar LeBron James is on the cusp of free agency. In an interview scheduled to air Friday with CNN's Larry King, James said his current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, has the best chance of keeping him.

King: Do you lean at all toward the place you know the best? I mean do they have an edge going in ...

JAMES: Oh, absolutely.

KING: ... your home team?

JAMES: 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.

James has not talked to the media since the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics.


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  1. Ted

    Lebron...to the Knicks

    Its a done deal. It will be nice seeing Lebron in a Knicks jersey 🙂

    June 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • John In Akron

      Dream on sport

      June 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andy

    What's the point in saying that Cleveland is the most depressed city? Because if you've been there, lived there, are from there, visit there, you'd find a city that isn't so depressed. Remember, kids, the media is hardly ever fair (that includes Forbes and ranking depression ... come on, poll real things that really matter, leave the depression polls to high schoolers!). The only thing it could top a list in for depression is jobs lost since the mid 70s. But when you're Lebron James, that doesn't matter very much now does it?

    June 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DirtyBob

    Funny watching people argue about Cleveland or New York being the best cities. Definitely in the top 5 biggest metropolitan dumps for both of them.

    It'll be interesting to see where he ends up. His NBA paychecks are minute compared to the money he makes from marketing so the NBA money may not talk as much as it usually does. I don't think he necessarily flees to the biggest media market though. Honestly, how much more marketable can a guy be? He's in the center spotlight of the league no matter what city he plays in. Cleveland proved that.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tia

    who in their right mind would want to be in boring, lame backwards cleveland. If anyone had a chance to be in NY New England area they would so be on it. Give me a break. Like you can even compare the two. It is like comparing the beverly hillbillies with the rockefellers... hilarious...

    June 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Have you ever been to Cleveland??

      June 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nick

    LEBRON IS GOING WHERE THE MONEY IS AND WHERE HE CAN WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP IMMEDIATELY. AND THAT WILL ONLY HAPPEN WITH THE LAKERS. HE WILL SIGN WITH CLEVELAND AND BE TRADED TO THE LAKERS FOR ODOM AND BYNUM. THAT WAY HE GIVES BACK TO THE TEAM HE RESPECTS BY LETTING THEM GET SOMETHING RATHER THAN HIM JUST WALKING. HE IS NOT GOING TO JUST LEAVE CLEVELAND HIGH AND DRY AND SIGN WITH SOME LOUSY TEAM ONLY TO BE IN THE SAME RUT AGAIN. WONT HAPPEN.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      I have thought about this scenario as well, but I don't think it will happen for one reason – Kobe will never allow himself to be on a team again where anyone could even suggest he is not the best player. He loves to win, but he wants ALL the glory.

      June 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zukibandit

    Think that the L.A. Clippers would be best for him.....I don't think he would like it and I don't think L.A. would either but, tough! Send him packin'.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jack merridew

    """"Andy

    If Cleveland is too boring for you, you don't know how to entertain yourself. There's plenty to do if you aren't close minded. Cleveland isn't the dump it used to be, but you need to be older than about 20 years old to know that. It doesn't take a genius to know NYC smells n-a-s-t-y when that wind blows from NJ but i guess you need to experience things for yourself to know that and not trust dumb idiots on blogs...
    """"

    nyc being the cultural hub of the planet im sure u kno what your talking about

    June 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John In Akron

    What bugs me about Cleveland and the sports media is that EVERY time the Browns are on Network TV, the cameras AAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLWAYS find some fat ugly 50 something female wearing a Browns jersey and stuffing her face with a freekin sloppy hot dog. Yet when they are in other towns they always manage to find some totally hot babe sitting pretty with her hands folded and wearing that brilliant smile.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      That is hilarious (and a little sad). I will look for it next time. I bet the same thing happens at Packers/Brewers games.

      June 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jose

    All of you guys talk alot of sh%t, because he wants to play in WADE COUNTY. See you in MIAMI Lebron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jose

    Miami bound?????

    June 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Snaq

    I think everyone is forgetting that it isnt about the $30 million more that Cleveland can offer...If he goes to NY or CHI, we will make 5x the $30 million in endorsements and local events over the term of the contract....like every other bball player, this is a business and Cleveland is not where he will make the most money...He knows that and that is why he is leaving Cleveland.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. King James

    Why wouldn't he pick a state with no income tax? That way, even with the free agency cap rules he will make more over the contract than he would with Cleveland. Go to play for Orlando. Get's max money, with no income tax, and most likely wins a championship. In Ohio he would be paying $9,090.00 plus 5.925% of the amount in excess of $200,000 in income tax. In Orlando he would be paying $0. Case closed.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Knicks a hoy

    There is one city in all of Americas – New York, NY; so beautiful they had to name it twice. On top of that there is the "WORLD FAMOUS" Madison Square Garden; there is no place like either of the two.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim

    LeBron is Cleveland/Akron/Canton's favorite son when it comes to our pro atheletes. As good as he is he knows he'd be playing in too many "shadows" in the big market cities (i.e. Michael Jordan). Here he can be King James. I'm sure some of the other decent players in the NBA would resent being cast as a background player. Message to Cavs management......if you really want a championship here in Cleveland, you have to do better than Anthony Parker as your starting shooting guard. He's wide open and gets the ball and the first thing he looks for is who to pass the ball to. He scores 8 to 10 points a game? Not good enough. He's just one example.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lakers365

    Yeah yeah yeah Clevland can offer more money but who else can they afford after Lebron has drained all they're money??? I know their not bringing Shaq back??? That whole starting five needs to be redone. So with that being said I don't beleive he'll be in Clevland next year. I mean for what? To loose in the playoffs as they have been for 7 years already??? I don't know where he's going to end up going but, I have a strong feeling it could be New Jersey.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
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