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. Dan

    If your a multi millionare, and you travel all the time...does it really matter where you live?? It wouldn't to me...so...maybe NYC is a "more exciting" city (obviously...why would you even compare the two??) but, when you can jump on a plane and go where ever you want, when you want....where you live seems less relavant to me.

    so, I think it will come down to $ and where he can win...He can't win in New York and Cleveland can pay him 30 million more than any other team...I think he will stay in Cleveland.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jonnie

    as a bulls fan id love to see lebron play for chicago
    but if he ever does win a ring it would be much sweeter if the hometown boy brought it home.
    with that said cleveland is a dump.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. k3citizen

    What a tough choice. Stay in Cleveland and work your butt off to win a championship, or go to a team will make his championship dream come easier and quicker. His choice to pass up the challenge of college after high school will be a predictor to which path he will choose next. By that account, we better get used to seeing him playing half the season at the United Center!

    June 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. k3citizen

    Hey Ro, he already calls himself King James.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Luc999

    First off, LeBron is very generous with his money. He also cares very much about his image, so the comment about not tipping well, just not true.

    Also, it is true that Cleveland is not a town full of millionaires and the economic situation has not been good in awhile. Having said that, this town is still able to support a beautiful, impressive, and "free" art museum, the biggest theatre district outside New York, botanical gardens, Severance Hall, Little Italy, The Rock Hall, an absolutely gorgeous baseball park, Gilbert and his marketing team have done wonders with The Q, and much more. This says a lot about the diversity, dedication, and the spirit of the people in this town.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John In Akron

      Well said ....... Cleveland has the media against it for years. Its a great town with a tremendous amount of cultural, business diversity. Lets not forget the epicenter of top health care. Cleveland is a great town Period. BTW someone tell Phil Jackson to come to Cleveland and the Cleveland Clinic will fix his back....... guaranteed.

      June 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Nice post Luc. It's refreshing to here someone say something positive about Cleveland. Sure, the economic situation isn't the best, but it's a nice little city. I live an hour away from Cleveland and visit frequently. I've had many great times there and it's not as bad as people make it out to be.

      That being said, I hope Lebron stays. It would definitely be a positive thing for the city economically. Plus, he's the hometown sports hero. I think he feels he needs to get that championship for Cleveland. Mark my words, he will stay and build his legacy right here at home.

      June 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Josh

    Lebron is a great player,but selfish!he will stay in cleveland,but he needs to just say so already.We have the most money to offer;so what does he want to do,be second to jordan for the rest of his career to Jordan in Chicago.He's not going to win six rings so stop it! Let's see,start over in New York Doubt It!!! Be a man and create ur own legacy in Cleveland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    Shooooooooooow me the money!

    June 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Justin

    SALARY CAP!!!!!! Most of the posts seem to forget or not understand the idea of a salary cap. Cleveland can offer nearly 30 million more than any other team. New York has no chance, considering the lack of any talented players. I don't care if you sign two max salaries and one is Lebron, you need five solid players and a deep bench to win in the NBA. Chicago is, and always has been, the only true threat to Cleveland. Chicago still is without a big man to handle the likes of Dewight Howard. Noah needs about 5 years in a weight room to be dominant. Only time will tell where LJ signs.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BasketballQueen

    If he wasn't to be a little boy he can stay at home. If he wants to be a man he has to leave the nest. I say he teams up with wade, thats his best shot. Or he can let Shaq and all those other losers ride his back all the way out of the first round next season.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shelby

    LeBron – Please stay in Cleveland.
    Lived in Cleveland area for 22 years. Loved it. The Browns, Indians and Cavaliers are still my favorite sports teams (and I don't hate Pittsburg). Every town, big or small, has its good points and bad ones. And they can be different for defferent folks. But Cleveland has plenty to do and the best metropolitan park on any major city! Luc999 states it well.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |

    He calls himself the king
    But he has no crown!,2007 was
    The closest he ever got, basically
    His team has no defense
    Not physical in the "post season"
    Honestly I don't care where he goes!
    He just "another player" in the post season.
    More of a basketball celebrity than a
    Championship leader:

    June 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sar

    It absolutely doesn't matter where he plays because he has enough money that he could live anywhere. He already travels to NYC and LA for outings and has lucritive contracts with major companies. He can live in NY during the offseason if he wants he probably already has apartments there. But one thing people are forgetting is that Akron is familiar. This is home for him and where he lives there is no paparazzi hounding him every day. His kids can go to school with out the media trying to find them. If he wins here he will be a legend. If he doesn't win here he still would be our local hero. Go anywhere else and fail to win in places like Chicago or NYC and he won't ever live it down. If you look at the teams that are successful it's because they have continuity. Kobe stays in LA and would never dream of going anywhere else, Boston is always in the thick of everything because they have a cohesive unit. I think this is where the Cavs have failed. Keep one core group going forward with small improvements and I think we can win.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave

    I think that other teams will make it even more expensive for Cleveland to keep James. Cleveland is the best fit for James, and getting him some free agent help would be a big priority for Cleveland if he chooses to stay. However, if James decides to leave it is because there will be talent in his destination to get him his championship he so covets. If the meeting of free agents that will occur sometime this month, and they all decide to take pay cuts to go somewhere they know they can win, then I see James leaving Cleveland. If D. Wade, Stoudimire, and other top free agents believe they can land in Miami, Chicago, LA Clippers, New Jersey, or another location, why wouldn't they do it. If James can convince them to join him in Cleveland even better for him, but I'm sure the other players are looking at finding a place where they are able to build a dynasty.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lee

    LeBron will stay and win a championship at some point. He should leave, but he is loyal and grateful to a fault. It is the same reason he has not won it yet. He is unselfish. He needs either a center or pointguard who can make him the best 2nd option in history.

    June 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jaime Greer

    1st Billion dollars gets Lebron. Simple.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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