Take it for what it’s worth, but LeBron James says that Cleveland is leading the pack of all his potential suitors:
CLEVELAND (AP) â€” One month before the start of the N.B.A.â€™s free agency period, LeBron James has handicapped his field of suitors: The Cleveland Cavaliers lead the pack.
In his first interview since the Cavaliersâ€™ season ended with a second-round loss to the Boston Celtics, James told CNNâ€™s Larry King that Cleveland had â€œan edgeâ€ to re-sign him when free agency begins July 1.
King, who interviewed James at his home near Akron on Tuesday, asked him if Cleveland had â€œan edge going in.â€
â€œAbsolutely,â€ he said in a portion of the interview released by CNN. â€œBecause, you know, this city, these fans, I mean, have given me a lot in these seven years. And, you know, for me, itâ€™s comfortable. So Iâ€™ve got a lot of memories here. And so it does have an edge.â€
The interview will be shown Friday on â€œLarry King Live.â€ Other than his postgame interview, James has not talked to the news media since the Cavaliers were eliminated by the Celtics.
The cynical view will be that LeBron will go where the money is, but he’s also shown a fairly strong connection to his hometown over the past seven years, so the possibility of staying in Cleveland is not out of the question at all.
Here’s an except from the interview that CNN has made available:
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- Skid- Orlando beats Cleveland 101-95
- LeBron James’ Cowardly Betrayal
- Fit for Lebron
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- The last blow(out)- Atlanta Hawks eliminate Miami Heat 91-78
- All net- Orlando beats Boston 117-96 to take 2-1 series lead
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- The King’s Resurgence
- Boston Celtics win 14th in a row, beat NO 94-82
- Eight is Enough- Edmonton beats Chicago 8-4
- Lydia Ko wins New South Wales Open
- The Comeback I- Pittsburgh Penguins beat NY Islanders 5-0
- Seattle Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman stabbed to death at age 24
- Hee Young Park wins CME Titleholders Championship
- Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball Coach Kurt Budke dead at 50
- Costly mistake- Blackhawks waive Rostislav Olesz
- Manager Tony La Russa announces retirement
- Puck Drop- Florida Panthers start the 2011-12 NHL season
- 13-time PGA Tour winner Dave Hill dead at 74
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