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Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 2:45 pm  |  37 responses

LeBron James Would Love to Remain in Miami


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Next summer’s free agent class, headed by LeBron James, will be the most dominant (and nauseating) storyline of the 2013-’14 NBA season.

James continues to expertly dodge questions regarding his future, but hints that his preference would be to remain a member of the back-to-back defending champion Miami Heat until he retires.

The reigning MVP, however, is keeping his cards very close to the vest.

Per ESPN:

“I have absolutely no idea,” James recently said. “I would love to spend the rest of my career in Miami with this great team and great organization as we continue to compete for championships. That’s ideal. But we don’t know what may happen from now to the end of the season. That’s the nature of the business. It’s the nature of not knowing what tomorrow brings.”

“I mean, as a kid, I never thought the Bulls would break up. Never. If you’d of told me as a kid that [Michael] Jordan and [Scottie] Pippen wouldn’t play together for the rest of their lives, I’d have looked at you crazy. And Phil Jackson wouldn’t be the coach? I’d have looked at you crazy. But sometimes the nature of the business doesn’t allow things to happen like you would want them to. But we’ll see.”

Despite the contract situations of LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh hanging over everything, Heat president Pat Riley wants to ensure that the focus remains solely on the chase for a three-peat:

“Our stance is the same we had with Wade in 2010, that we’re just going to play the season and not let that hang over our heads and become a distraction just because the media wants to get an answer on it every day,” Riley said. “I don’t know LeBron’s stance. He’ll probably say one time, ‘I’ll talk about it next year.’ We haven’t discussed it yet, but we will. I’ll tell him the main thing is to make sure the main thing remains the main thing. And the main thing is to win the championship.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be South Beach’s biggest competitors for James’ services in 2014, but both would have to be considered serious underdogs at this point.

Then again, as LeBron said so himself, you can never quite know what tomorrow may bring.

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  • RKJ92

    Who would leave a team when you’re winning championships? lol. LeBron’s not going anywhere.. he’s not stupid, and neither are Bosh, or Wade. Pat Riley is also the real deal, his whole tenure coaching, and watching over Miami has just been a winning culture Riley will come correct, the Heat should have no issues re-signing everyone with some money to spare on an extra role player around 4-5 million a year worth.

  • LLC#12

    Every summer the Heat have found a way to add a valuable piece or two to the roster. They’re still favourites for the chip this season, and I just can’t see him walking away from a team that just won 3 straight. I’m 90% sure he stays in Miami, and inevitably, Miami will find a way to add another valuable piece or two next summer.

  • RKJ92

    2 straight* lol, they only went to the finals 3 times.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Think he might be speaking in future tense here. He’s saying if Miami wins it all again this year he cant see LBJ walking away after winning 3 straight

  • LLC#12

    Nailed it, thanks for saving me from having to type out an explanation haha. My bad, RKJ92, I could have made myself a little clearer there.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    LOL! Glad I could help!

  • RKJ92

    Hah it’s fine! you just can’t give a team credit that hasn’t won a third championship yet :P your comment makes sense now, and I fully agree!

  • Saleem Rainman

    ““I have absolutely no idea,” James recently said. “I would love to spend the rest of my career in Miami with this great team and great organization as we continue to compete for championships. That’s ideal.” should be his answer EVERYTIME the question is brought up throughout the season. Eventually reporters are gonna know what his reply will be and will stop asking him, or they’re just gonna look dumb when he gives them the same answer for the 2093984894587587th time with a straight face. All the other crap he had to say after above statement was pointless and only added to speculation.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Hope y’all are ready for ” The Re-Decision”

  • Dfrance

    “Who would leave a team when you’re winning championships?”

    MJ. Twice. I know situations were different but it happened. lol

    Maybe he’d want a different challenge. Go back to Cle and see if he can bring one home. Who knows what these guys think?

  • bike

    He should just deadpan: “I’m getting married. I will do whatever it takes to feed my family”

  • Busta213

    Or “you’ll just have to watch “the Decision 2.0″ like everybody else.”

  • RKJ92

    LOL MJ wanted to play baseball for his dad though, and to prove something for himself. LeBron’s deff a diff story especially since every player wants 6 rings like Mike or more nowadays :P

  • TheRealness

    Two different situations dude Phil wanted to give Jordan different challenge but could not come up with one so Jordan went to play baseball for his dad like RKJ92 said(it was on Jordan Above & Beyond tape) and LeBron just b**** and went to a better team and people acting like he’s on Jordan level he’s not. I would love to see LeBron go against D Wade again but nowadays NBA don’t have competition everybody wants to team up and win a Ring. When Kobe Duncan KG are gone I won’t watch basketball like that well just KD Rose Curry and Harden..

  • CUD

    You’re rught man. This era of players recruiting other players suck donkey balls in order to have a better chance of winning championships sucks dinkey balls. You just don’t see the level of desire and competition like back in the ild days. One of the biggest reason alot of people got turned off with LeBra is because he doesnt have the patience and mindset to be competive enough o lead Cleveland to a championship and instead join or conspired to be on a stacked team to get and easy ring. It is also one o the reasons alot of people hated Miami winning those last 2 chips. The last great era of ball players are aging Kobe, Garnett, Duncan, Dirk etc). Yeah tell me Levra didnt have a choice because e doesnt have a good team in Cleveland. Cavs are always on top of the east on those days and even went to the finals once. Yeah you’ll say oh bec Bron is the reason for that, I say thats BS. Yeah, he gets great stats and all, dude just doesnt have that killer instinct, his buddy buddy Dwade has thats why he joined with him. Man just can’t handle being responsible, Tmac didnt get off the first round but he acknowledged it was his fault. Dwight same thing, bitches and complains about everything. Problem with mist of the stars today is they think theyre all above the game. It shouldnt be like that. Remember when Wade and Bron was mocking Dirk about having the flu pr whatever and see what happened? You lost bitches. These players these feel things should just be handed to them not earned. Where’s the competetive fire of beating other grest players on your era? These so called artificial super team (i call them that because they conspire to be together long before management had anuthing to do with it ex miami) is so irritating to watch. Thats why real teams like Bulls, Pacers, Brooklin, Lakers, Houston (pre-Dwight, but still rooting for Harden) OKC Spurs etc are all “underdogs” to Miami.

  • grgeblck

    Welcome to the media world.

  • Busta213

    Don’t buy it.
    1) Don’t see the level of competition? The Heat just came off back-to-back series that went to game 7 ffs! How much closer does the competition need to be to make you happy? Youre not rational.

    2) 7 years is patient enough. If Lebra learnt anything from KGs career, a well meaning but badly run organization will steal the best years of your career leaving you out of the “best at your position debate” because of no rings. Smart choice was to leave.

    3) Easy ring? See point 1. Also had tough series against the Pacers and Celts the previous year.

    4) Damn right them Cavs were only good because of “Lebra”. They were garbage before him and garbage the minute he left. Those squads were fine for the regular season, but in the playoffs you need someone else who can step up. Another star. Mo Williams and big Z = hell no.

    5) Id love to hear you explain why the idea of Lebron as the driving force behind those Cav teams is laughable. Really.

    6) Killer instinct? Another person who has not watched the last two years of playoff basketball. Lebron has unquestionably been the finals mvp both times. Your killer instinct guy DWade limped his way through both title runs and was inconsistent through both. How is it you still label Wade as having it, yet the guy who dominated the last 2 playoffs while hitting heaps of clutch shots does not?

    7) I don’t get why people care about them mocking Dirks cold. Hes a grown ass man with a cold – stop being so damn sensitive. Colds are out of bounds? Below the belt? Not a big deal – NBA players talk trash.

    8) Lol at ever calling the Lakers underdogs. They have been handed gems more than any franchise I can think of. The Lakers and the Celts are the reason this current Heat team exists.

  • Busta213

    1) When the Lakers were bad, Kobe demanded a trade

    2) Duncan took pay cuts to keep the Spurs competitive

    3) KG refused to join Boston until after they traded for Ray (setting in motion the big 3 model the Heat stole)
    These guys knew they needed better players around them to win too. You guys love to make it sound like Lebron is alone in that realization……..

  • danpowers

    the major difference between jordan and james is that jordan dominated at a level that he didnt really see any further challenge – which played a role in both of his first two retirements.

    james is also dominating individually but either his way to the finals or the finals itself were rocky roads. he isnt as sovereign as jordan was back then. in other words – james dominance isnt as clear as jordans. plus, he pulled the douche move after the decisiom “not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4…” and should at least try to fulfill his prediction.

  • Dfrance

    Nah I was truly joking man. I was just saying a straight answer to his question, taking into account no context whatsoever, would be MJ. But I know its not the same at all.

  • pposse

    yeah but teaming with Ray Allen and Paul Pierce is definately “fair” when looking at it from the context of what Lebron Wade and Bosh did. All three of the aforementioned were in their 30′s when teaming up. Lebron Wade Bosh took it a couple steps beyond that.

    KG, Ray Allen nor Paul Pierce were considered the best player in the league at the time of teaming. Arguments could have been made for both Wade and Lebron as the best player in the league in the summer of 2010. They def. were #1 and #2.

  • pposse

    6. I’ll only say this…Lebron had to team with Wade to attain that killer instinct. It didn’t just magically appear in his career 9 years in? Where was it the first nine years then? He was shooting bballs in the gym with Wade for 2 years, 700 plus days, 150 plus reg season games…its a classic example of swagger jacking.

    Lebron = Jay Z = swagger jacker

  • docioraw

    Come to the Sixers Bron.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Yea seems legit.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    This is all talk and doesn’t matter up until the en the season. Of course he’d like to stay in Miami and repeat, as long as they don’t break up the main parts of the team. At the same time, I think his heart is in Cleveland and he probably feels that he owes it to the City to bring at least one championship home. We all have to wait and see.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    He’ll likely stay in Miami – just hope he doesn’t make a spectacle of his decision like he did last time. I’m sure they’ll make it work somehow; none of those 3 seem very selfish when it comes to the financial aspect (considering they all took a pay cut last time around) but 2 (or 3) championships will make everyone want more money so you never know.

  • TheRealness

    I’m just saying it’s not a lot of competition LeBron and D Wade was the best when going against each other (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOu7FALUcNA) before joining teams together and also they is are still young KG Paul Ray where old when they join together. I’m not saying LeBron is a bad player or anything like that i’m just saying that was a b**** move. It’s good that Duncan take cuts and was Kobe the same age as LeBron when he ask for a trade, Kobe didn’t have the same talent around him like LeBron had when he was with the Cavs. and don’t say LeBron did everything for that team that’s what a superstar suppose to do.

  • andrewwoods86

    Yea LeBron learned his killer instinct from Dwade while Dwade was learning how to lose it. I guess Dwade needs to ‘swagger jack’ Lebrons 3pt shooting and midrange game.

  • TheRealness

    Don’t buy it lmao you funny look at the NBA Finals in the 80s 90s and early 00s and also the playoffs and look at the Heat when they went to the championship and there playoff games, you can see the Heat is just for the Media and ESPN to talk about all day and compare them to the Bulls in the 90s which is stupid because Heat build a team off money and no i’m not a Heat hater i’m just saying what I think

  • Busta213

    I honestly dont understand what point you just made

  • Busta213

    And where has Wades killer instinct been the ENTIRE TIME they have been together?
    Almost non-existant is where. Their first regular season together, they took turn missing clutch shots (shots that Bron made as a Cav btw).
    it doesnt even matter if he learned it from Wade or from watching MJ videos.
    fact is, Lebron has been the killer for the Heat teams. Wade has had a few moments, but nowhere near as many.

  • pposse

    yup he does, but d wade is too busy being salty about letting of of that ‘main man’ role. I would bet the house on it that if D Wade could turn back the hands of time he would and just pick up C Bosh instead of Lebron

  • pposse

    perception is reality, the perception was in 2010 that D Wade was the closer, actually those were facts too. He was one of the best closers in the game up to that point too. If one Wright brother was trying to build a plane and the other was you know doing ordinary things at the time, would the plane have ever been invented? seriously. The only difference with d wade and bron, they aren’t really brothers! but them two together with their half brother bosh invented a mothaf**in plane! and lebron is the pilot.

  • TheRealness

    I just compare 90s NBA Finals/Playoffs to today’s NBA Finals/Playoffs now do you get it.

  • Busta213

    “Fair” is relative. They didnt say we are all old so its fair – KG allowed the trade because he knew he could finally win “titles”.

    And as Ive said before KG to Boston clearly had some Celtic “old boy” collussion with McHale still in charge in Minny at the time.

  • Busta213

    Nope – what are you comparing? Im not a mind reader.
    The NBA has always been a battle between the haves and the have-nots.
    Most of the 90′s were MJs Bulls winning 6 out of 10. Hakeems Rockets won 2 (and few things in life were duller than the Rockets vs Knicks finals series).
    But seriously, no idea what your point is….

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