Is there a chance for us to land Lebron in '08????

Postby PurpleandGold47 on Thu Apr 27, 2006 5:02 pm

look, lets be serious. will lebron really fit here? two suparstars who control the game with the ball. it won't work. the thought of it is incredible, but it's not the right move to make. Rather, we need to get a player that can instantly help our needs. A player like Bosh, or Boozer should fit in great.With one of them, and Kwame maturing, we could establish a great frontlline for the next 5+ seasons.
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Postby 10scott10 on Sun May 07, 2006 6:11 pm

yeah but only if we trade them mr. #8
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Postby trodgers on Sun May 07, 2006 7:33 pm

Cleveland doesn't have a choice about him leaving. I don't think he does though, as he has played his whole career in Cleveland. If LeBron were to leave the team, LA is the only option I can conceive...but I don't think it happens. Maybe a 1/10 chance. Maybe.
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Postby gildedgirth on Wed May 10, 2006 2:33 am

Not much of a chance, but a slim one -- one that banks on Lebron's desire to play in a bigger market. I came across some older interviews with Lebron and he talked about how pro-active he is to have a business empire, like Michael Jordan. He said that he thinks of himself as a business man and not necessarily just a basketball player. He made some steps in this regard by hiring his cousins to run business side of things. At the time of the interview (maybe his 2nd year?), he didn't rule out the fact of leaving Cleveland to achieve this goal.

Shaq left Orlando for the lure of movies and fame of L.A. and I think for Lebron, there'd be even more incentive for him if he's serious about pursuing business opportunies, which he could do in L.A. Plus Hollywood would market this guy way more than Kobe, because of his untainted image and plus he's younger.

The two obstacles I see are:

1) Hometown attachment - LeBron grew up in Cleveland, and the Cavaliers have used that as leverage by employing some of his relatives into the organization and giving his family VIP treatment at games. So if Lebron wants to leave, he'll have a lot of pressure from his family to stay possibly.

However, perhaps the lure of Hollywood and L.A. would make his family want to move, if Lebron decides to move a lot of his family out here.

2) Max contract - Shaq didn't simply just come to L.A. and accept Lakers' offer. The Orlando Magic, had to agree to sign and trade the guy, once it became apparent he didn't want to stay, so that Shaq could get the highest contract allowable, something he wouldn't get if he simply just signed up with the Lakers as a free agent. He would have lost a lot of money if he didn't get max contract by Orlando. I suspect Lebron would want the same exact deal, and so the Cavaliers would have to be agreeable to do that, which they might not be.

However, if Lebron really wants out and the Cavaliers know they are going to lose him, the Lakers could sweeten the pot by giving some guys in the sign and trade deal. Didn't we give a pick or something to Orlando for the Shaq deal?

Its' in the realm of possibility, although pretty slim, but one can hope Lebron will want to leave. I really like the guy and think he might be one of the greatest players ever. Shaq, no one thought, would ever leave, but he did, despite getting to the finals with Orlando. They had a good team with Nick Anderson and Penny Hardaway and Horace Grant, but he still left. Lebron, despite having a better talented team that Lakers, might still find the allure of Lakers (and the coaching of Jackson if he's still there), too tempting to resist.

Combine that with Lamar Odom, Kwame, Bynum and Kobe getting better in the next two years, and making a deeper push into the playoffs year after year, Lebron may like what he's sees on the Laker team, but we won't know till 2007 and see if he decides to take his contract extension offer. If he doesn't then we have a shot at him in 2008 (as well as Elton Brand, Camelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, etc).
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Postby Showtime_Magic32 on Wed May 10, 2006 5:13 am

Lebron will play for his girlfriend Jay-Z...New York Nets in 2009-2010.
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Postby vic5150 on Fri May 12, 2006 12:53 pm

A snowballs chance in hell we pick up Lebron. Lock this ish up. :disagree: :mad1: :disagree: :mad1:
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Postby SWOL on Fri May 12, 2006 2:35 pm

EHHH..... NO

OH WAIT WAIT WAIT.......NO

BUT...NO

HOW ABOUT.....NO

WHAT IF.....NO
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Postby TaniBoyz on Sat May 13, 2006 9:21 am

Their is always a chance........but who knows?
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Postby alex58 on Sat May 13, 2006 10:06 am


L. James will sign a contract extension very soon . Cleveland is not that stupid , and Mitch doesn't work for them, so they can let him go.
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Postby trodgers on Sat May 20, 2006 6:16 pm

Here's a little something, from the Willoughby-News Herald, fresh news:

James admits all the winning can't hurt the Cavaliers' chances of signing him to a contract extension this summer.

''Any time you win in basketball games or are winning, you want to stay,'' James said. ''I'm very happy with the team and my coaching staff. We'll see.''

Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
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Postby no_dont on Sat May 20, 2006 6:31 pm

:man10: at the title
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Postby bennets on Sun May 21, 2006 6:48 am

there is a chance he could come to the lakers because i heard that if he plays in new york,chicago or L.A his nike deal doubles to 200 mill.But if he did leave the favourites to get him will be the brooklyn nets because of jay z
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Postby sohail on Sun May 21, 2006 11:50 am

LakersCourt wrote:If Mitch pulls of LeBron James in 2008 , I will love him forever. We don't have to give up squat, if he signs the one year qualifying offer in 2007. :jam2:

First it was Magic to Kareem

Then it was Kobe to Shaq


Now...in 2008......King James to A-Bomb :jam2:

mitch wont be here in 08 :man9:
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Postby KB24 on Sun May 21, 2006 12:17 pm

yes there is a chance. A snowballs chance in hell.
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Postby LakerWraith on Sun May 21, 2006 1:03 pm

lebron stays in cleveland...remember we are all witnesses of his greatness... :man12:
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Postby gildedgirth on Tue May 23, 2006 5:19 pm

LakerWraith wrote:lebron stays in cleveland...remember we are all witnesses of his greatness... :man12:


Hehe that cracked me up when he said that. Wasn't it Arenas? He must make the media happy with his sound bites.
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Postby supreme8 on Mon May 29, 2006 12:35 am

lebron can play the pippen role while kobe plays the jordan role
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Postby dreamvibes on Mon May 29, 2006 2:03 pm

PLEEEEEEEASEEEEE!!! STOP THREADS LIKE THIS!!! LEBRON WILL NEVER PLAY WITH KOBE ON THE SAME TEAM!!!!!!!!
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Postby thug_pound on Mon May 29, 2006 5:42 pm

I THINK LAMAR ODOM PLAYS "A BETTER ROLE" AS A 3 THAN LEBRON JAMES! BESIDES I THINK WE NEED TO LOOK FOR A POINT OR A 4
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Postby strikemode14 on Mon May 29, 2006 7:00 pm

[quote="supreme8"]lebron can play the pippen role while kobe plays the jordan role[/quote]

:man10: :man10: I"m sorry but, I nearly busted a guy on that one. Bron can play the pippen role. The pippen role requires playing a high level of D say around the level of B.Bowen by times 3. Pippen if he played today would have 5 or 6 DPOY trophies easily.
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Postby KB24 on Tue May 30, 2006 10:11 am

BTW LeBron > Pippen.
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Postby badboyhoward on Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:12 pm

we are better off wit someone else than lebron.

let lebron stay where he is.
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Postby eNlight on Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:13 pm

its always the new guys
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Postby 10scott10 on Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:50 pm

to quote chick hearn "the are two chance. slim and none. slim has just gone missing" or something like that
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Postby Crispy on Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:55 pm

im SICK of these stupid posts with "our 08 plan" and all this other crap. were NOT getting melo, james, bosh, or wade in 2008. these allstars have a chance of being the TOP 4 PLAYERS in the league when they get in their prime.
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