All of the 300 media outlets who were at the Izod Center last night are ringing in this morning with what LeBron said regarding his free agency in 2010. Nobody got the exact same quote, even though he only spoke about it for 90 seconds with everyone’s holding their recorder high in the air hoping to capture his quiet statements.
It’s next to impossible to glean anything of major consequence about his future destination from his words. We’ve watched LeBron very closely for a long time now, and realize one thing: He would not do anything to jeopardize any of his future opportunities to make money – whether that’s in Cleveland, New York, New Jersey, Europe, Dubai, anywhere.
Judge for yourself – here’s the general gist of what I got:
“When I decide to make a decision, it’s where I can win multiple championships. You do what’s best for you and your family, you do what’s best for your career. Loyalty definitely has a big part to do with it. Every night I go out and play hard – that’s what loyalty is.”
“But it’s hard because it’s a business. A franchise is going to do what’s best for the franchise, and the players – when a player does what’s best for the player, it comes back and almost looks bad. But when a franchise decides to give up on a player, then it’s OK. So we’ve got to do what’s best for us.”
“You hear so much about it, it’s hard to avoid. It gets funny. I’m not thinking about making a change. I’m used to being in this uniform. No matter where you go, or if you ever move somewhere else, it doesn’t matter. Home is going to be home. I have to be smart about it and I have to be patient.”
LeBron tries so hard to look good all the time – both on and off the court – it’s understandable that he doesn’t want to say anything that would make him look bad. And here, one little thing that could even be interpreted the wrong way, could undo years of hard work in the public eye. For a guy who says all the right things about everything else – about playing 100% on every play, about being a leader – this is one subject he needs to keep his mouth closed about.