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. Neil

    If LeBron stays in Cleveland and goes anywhere but Chicago, he is going to be in the same situation that he is in right now: without a Ring. No other team in the NBA can offer him the supporting staff that Chicago has to offer: D-Rose, Noah, Warrick, Gibson, Miller, and Kirk (who will be expendable pending a LeBron deal)... LeBron is definitely NOT staying in Cleveland....and i hope he will be coming to Da Bulls!

    June 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    LBJ never goes to the Bulls...Could he live in the shadow of MJ for his career??? I think not...Being #2 isn't fun for him.....

    June 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Willy

    I know this is a LeBron-post, but the name Kobe sets me off. A talent – yes! But, a whiner, cry-baby, child, etc. in the Laker tradition!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. New York Knicks 2010

    This means nothing, He has to show loyalty to his team and city. He is still a Cavalier people and he has to say what he did. The truth is that he is coming to the New York Knicks. You Clevelanders are in denial and you need to accept destiny. There is nothing in Cleveland and NYC is the place that he loves. We have Jay-Z, money, and the mecca. New York Knicks baby jajajajajajajaja

    June 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Qmcleod

      Most people who don't live in Cleveland always have something to say. We have much to do in Cleveland and we have much going on here. Lebron know what it is. Everybody know that Cleveland has the best Fans even for the Browns. The only thing he is going to get out of New York is a sorry team and a bunch of crowded people in the way. Lebron can go where he wants when he wants. This is home for him. He can always holla at Jay Z like he always do, he don't have to stay there or play for the Sorry Azz Nicks. Cleveland in this Biattch

      June 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Crunch

    Cleveland may have one up on Detroit or Newark, but please, how often do you hear your kids say "Hey, let's go on vacation in...Cleeeveland! Yes, Ohio is da zhizzle fazizzle, ba-bY!"

    June 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Qmcleod

      Cleveland if off the chain maybe yu need to visit yo kids would love this City. We get down in Cleveland Forreal and Lebron know it that's why he is stayin LoL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. New York Knicks 2010

    New York has way more to offer than OHIO jajaja..He is saying the things that he should say I mean, he is still a Cavalier people. The truth is that Clevelanders are in denial and you have to accept Lebron's destiny. He is coming to a city that wont boo him because he is having his first bad game of his career. He is coming to a city that has MSG and Jay-z. New York has a swagger that is unmatched by no city. Ohio has good farming and NYC is the mecca of basketball.What would you do? jajajajajaja New York baby.

    June 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brent

    LeBron loves listening to himself talk more than Paris Hilton likes seeing her picture in magazines. Jordan always renewed without any fanfare, Magic and Bird too. Even Kobe did for goodness sake.

    June 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tim

    After the bidding war, he will be offered the most lucrative contract in the NBA. And Cleveland might be a consideration, but in the end, the fringe benefits of New York or Chicago will win him over... He is destined to be a Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, or Michael Jordan; and he is going to do it in a city that will have a team in 50 years. With Detroit thinking of packing it up, what are the chances Cleveland will have a team after James is gone? Who wants to be a legend in of a team that does not exist?

    June 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WHATEVA

    KOBE!

    June 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    It's been the NY and LA media that seem to play it up, thinking he's coming there..

    Here's the facts: LeBron will not play along with a ball-hog and profound narcissist such as Kobe (not to mention the probable "playing along with a rapist" connotation. NO CHANCE he'll play second fiddle to Kobe.

    NY: the team is a joke right now. It's a Bad News Bears situation on how comically bad to mismanage a team into the cellar. LeBron would NEVER take a step back in his career at this point to play in NY.... give me a break!

    It'll be Cleveland in the end.

    June 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    It's been the NY and LA media that seem to play it up, thinking he's coming there..

    Here's the facts: LeBron will not play along with a ball-hog and profound narcissist such as Kobe (not to mention the probable "playing along with a rapist" connotation. NO CHANCE he'll play second fiddle to Kobe.

    NY: the team is a joke right now. It's a Bad News Bears situation on how comically bad to mismanage a team into the cellar. LeBron would NEVER take a step back in his career at this point to play in NY.... give me a break!

    It'll be Cleveland in the end.

    June 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gowster

    Quit dreaming! Sorry, Cleveland but L. James will be in Chicago to obtain many championships that he will never achieve in your fair city!

    June 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gowster

    I hope Cleveland is not a sancutaty city that allows latinos to bypass certain laws that the rest of have to obey! If Cleveland is sanctuary city, you won't have to worry about basketball, it will be soccer! Get your pathway, pay for foreign children's hospital, education, bi-lingualism, welfare fines and learn Spanish!

    June 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    I've been impressed at how LeBron has attached himself to his community. No other player has provided their city with as many new/refurbished public parks as he has, and he didn't have to. I hope he stays. He played as a team player in the playoffs, trying not to be Kobe. Let's face it- LeBron could score 40 points a game, and run the show, be a one man team. I think he's more than that, and Cleveland is definitely fortunate to have him. I hope the get to keep him.

    June 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dave

    LBJ stays. He's a superstar wherever he goes. doesnt need to be in NY to do that. Let all the Chineese follow the black Mumba. Remember they build LBJ and Kobe shoes for a monthly salary of 50 cents. They couldnt buy a sweat band of theirs if they tried. I would rather have half the US market than the entire chineese market. Sure he could go to chicago for less money and win a championship, but did that ellevate Garnett or even did it possibly lesson his value by going to Boston? He becomes bigger by staying and winning. his value is diluted by going to chicago. he does need help with the team. he needs Pat Summit on and off the court. she will get in the teams grill to prevent any lockeroom shennanigans and will get in his face if he starts wigging out like he did in game 5 and 6. He never had a father so maybe he will respond better to a mother figure. lastly, let him play wide out for the Browns when he feels like it and he can be partners with Gilbert in the new casino. and dont worry if he leaves. Cleveland can handle any abuse. it has for 60 years.

    June 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
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