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"It;'s LeBron's decision..."

Posted by Estee on 05-14-10 at 10:40 AM
...the rest of us just get to live in a world where that decision is all certain sports people talk about for the next four months.

Within the limits of trade, free agency, and the draft, the Cavaliers gave him anything he wanted. Backup forward? Coming right up, sir. Center to clog the lane? Have we got a hairball for you! They gave him everything he could possibly desire -- except a ring. And some people feel that gives him the excuse to leave -- mostly the same group who feel his departure would effectively kill the entire franchise, and possibly the city.

You know it's a major free agency period when the fans go into conspiracy theory. 'He tanked the fifth game! He lost the whole thing on purpose so he'd have a reason to leave us!' Uh-huh. Or maybe he had a bad game. Possibly he's a player whom pressure gets to. If you like, he was distracted by his bids for that Manhattan apartment. No way to know, really.

What good does leaving Cleveland do him? If he wants a ring as his first priority, the teams which can offer him the most money aren't necessarily the ones who can build around him all that fast -- there's no instant plug-and-play on the horizon. (Oddly, if the Nets land that #1 pick plus LeBron, they may be as close as anyone. Worst to first?) If he wants raw cash -- well, in his sport, there's only so much he can make in straight salary, and at his level of celebrity, many of the endorsements come to him. Heading to a major market will increase his paydays -- just not necessarily all that much.

What does he want? To be wined and dined? Told how much everyone loves him? A cross-country flirtathon?

I know what I want. I want this to be over by July 1st.

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"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by HobbsofMI on 05-14-10 at 12:39 PM
For a city that has not won anything since 1964 they sure do talk a lot of smack. I would not blame him for leaving, it's the way life is in the NBA and thus why I don't watch any more.

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"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by vince3 on 05-14-10 at 12:48 PM
Are we even sure the NBA Playoffs will be over by July 1st?

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by Estee on 05-14-10 at 01:50 PM
Must be -- I just heard the earliest possible signing dates. If they managed to retain him, the Cavaliers can make an announcement as soon as July 1st: no other team can publicly open their mouth until July 8th. This doesn't stop agents from saying 'we're going to sign the papers in (insert city here) next week', but the teams themselves have to follow those dates.

And this just came down the wire: the Cavaliers have fired their head coach.

They'll do anything, for that dear, anything...

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by vince3 on 05-14-10 at 02:41 PM
Not yet, according to the Owner at his press conference right now........

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by Estee on 05-14-10 at 02:50 PM
Huh. Radio & ESPN jumped the gun, then. Or tried to fire it themselves.

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by mrc on 05-14-10 at 02:13 PM
Who cares? Kobe and Michael might have been pricks, but at least they won championships while whining.

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by byoffer on 05-14-10 at 02:33 PM
LAST EDITED ON 05-14-10 AT 02:35 PM (EST)

But even in the NBA winning a championship is not the only measure of greatness.

Just ask Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Steve Nash?, etc. etc. etc.

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by Max Headroom on 05-14-10 at 03:01 PM
Reggie Miller.

Just don't ask Spike Lee for a reference.

Posted by AyaK on 05-14-10 at 06:20 PM
let's go with a widely-respected measure of greatness: NBA MVP awards. There are only 12 players who have won the MVP more than once:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6)
Bill Russell (5)
Michael Jordan (5)
Wilt Chamberlain (4)
Moses Malone (3)
Magic Johnson (3)
Larry Bird (3)
Bob Pettit (2)
Karl Malone (2)
Tim Duncan (2)
Steve Nash (2)
LeBron James (2)

That's our starting point to determine the best player of all-time. LeBron not only wants to be in that discussion, but he wants to win it. But there are only 3 people on that list who never won an NBA title: K. Malone, Nash and LeBron. Nobody has ever won 3 MVPs and not won a title.

My best guess is that LeBron focuses on winning titles and goes to Dallas to play for Mark Cuban.

"RE: Well..."
Posted by byoffer on 05-14-10 at 07:12 PM
Apparently Nash has played the most games without even making it to the Finals. I am hoping he gets to the Finals and even wins this year.

The pundits I heard today were suggesting that James going to Miami or Chicago would give him a very good title shot, but that going to the lowly Nets would give him the biggest paycheck, media blitz, and richest owner going forward.

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by cahaya on 05-14-10 at 07:17 PM
I have to confess, I haven't been keeping up with the NBA, even the playoffs.

But my first thought was, LeBron? He's still playing?

"We are LeBron"
Posted by HobbsofMI on 05-21-10 at 07:50 AM
Ok...have you ever seen a city and state make a total a$$ out itself? If not, you are about to:

We are LeBron

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"Now Brown's out"
Posted by vince3 on 05-24-10 at 08:51 AM
10 days later and now the Cavaliers officially announce that they've fired Mike Brown.

Last night was the deadline to either fire him or have him be the coach for $4.5 million next season...........


Posted by PepeLePew13 on 05-24-10 at 03:43 PM
I thought LeBron was the coach? Can't he fire himself?

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by trigirl on 05-28-10 at 11:12 AM
I know what I want. I want this to be over by July 1st.

Ditto. Chris Bosh too. Why can't they be more like Stevie Y?

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by Estee on 05-28-10 at 11:31 AM
My local newspapers are running day-by-day countdowns. No one's ever accused them of subtlety.

"When players collude."
Posted by Estee on 05-31-10 at 02:36 PM

So which owner do you think will sue first?

"RE: When players collude."
Posted by vince3 on 05-31-10 at 03:02 PM
Cuban, especially if he strikes out in the sweepstakes...

"RE: When players collude."
Posted by Estee on 05-31-10 at 04:10 PM
He's not that vindictive, though. I'm going with Dolan.

There's a sentence which should never be uttered.

"No tour: they'll come to him."
Posted by Estee on 06-26-10 at 09:13 AM

According to this, the Nets (who will be shifting GMs) are up first, the Knicks are scrambling for a plan that isn't 'Hit him in the face with Manhattan until he dies', and the spectacle should be semi-localized. Not the worst decision on his group's part -- a calm room beats out shock-and-awe campaigns, gives him the home field, and may prevent traffic accidents nationwide.

It might even be the mature call. Wouldn't you like to know who actually made it?

"RE: No tour: they'll come to him."
Posted by trigirl on 06-28-10 at 01:01 PM
Maybe he could interview housekeepers and nannies while he's in the mood. This is getting out of control. I want it to be over already!

From HoopsHype:

James has apparently decided, according to various outlets, to host potential suitors in Ohio once free agency officially opens Thursday. In addition to meeting with Cleveland, the five outside hopefuls believed to be visiting LeBron on his turf are New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Miami and the Los Angeles Clippers. Dallas is working feverishly to get into that mix, a league source confirmed to NBA.com Sunday. The Mavericks are hopelessly over the cap, unlike those other five teams, but that hasn't dampened the front office's enthusiasm for taking a swing at LeBron. NBA.com

"RE: No tour: they'll come to him."
Posted by PepeLePew13 on 06-28-10 at 07:38 PM
The latest scuttlebutt is that LeBron and Bosh have both "agreed" to go to Chicago. Then again, maybe not. One day after rumours were pretty strong, poof, they've become quiet.

"Silly Season officially begins."
Posted by Estee on 07-01-10 at 10:54 AM
Gentleman, start your pointless drooling.

"RE: Silly Season officially begins."
Posted by trigirl on 07-01-10 at 11:46 AM
Do you think it would have been rude to knock on his door at 12:01 am?

Whaddya think about the rumours that LeBron, DWade and Bosh met surreptitiously in Miami last week?

"RE: Silly Season officially begins."
Posted by Estee on 07-01-10 at 12:16 PM
They're not the first rumors to claim some degree of collusion between the top free agents. It wouldn't surprise me if they were trying to plan out the league's future to some degree -- and as long as it doesn't get down to 'I'll throw it this year if you throw it next year', they're legal.

"RE: Silly Season officially begins."
Posted by trigirl on 07-01-10 at 01:51 PM
Yeah...this is news.

"LeBron just arrived at meetings. Car choice today is a white Cadillac Escalade."

It's gonna get even sillier....

"RE: Silly Season officially begins."
Posted by Estee on 07-01-10 at 02:27 PM
Well, let's logic this out. It's a white car that costs too much and does virtually nothing while pretending no other brands could possibly exist...

...he's going to the Clippers!

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by bacon on 07-02-10 at 08:31 PM
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Knicks make him an offer he can't refuse. But I ultimately believe that Lebron either stays with the Cavs, or moves to Chicago. Out of all the teams courting him, only Chicago has a shot at contending right away, assuming that the others don't get multiple big names along with James. Yes, the Heat would be an immediate contender, but I find it hard to believe that he and Wade would want to play together, so I'm ruling them out.

And to be fair to James, I still think the Cavs are the single most overrated team in the NBA, so getting out of Cleveland isn't a bad option. They literally have no second scoring option on their team, which is a must in order to win the NBA title. Yes, management has put a few nice pieces in place so that they can breeze through the regular season, but this is simply a terrible playoff team. They're like the San Diego Chargers of the NBA.

"Announcement supposedly tomorrow..."
Posted by Estee on 07-07-10 at 01:15 PM
...made at the very end of a live hour on ESPN, which is going to be pulling out filler at a rate Ryan Seacrest would be jealous of. Imagine the interviews. The special guest stars. The musical numbers. The sheer off-the-scale DAWdom on exhibit -- live!

But let's not completely blast him: while ESPN and various sponsors would be paying for this Very Special Hour, LeBron isn't getting the cash. All funds raised, as per our DAW's wishes, will go to the Boys & Girls Club Of America.

Even so -- yeesh.

It's not as if there's much else on.

"I must have been sick that day..."
Posted by trigirl on 07-07-10 at 01:32 PM
Funny....Kevin Durant signed a 5 yr deal today but I must have missed the tv special. In fact, I don't remember his tour of the NBA or his twitter play-by-play. Funny how that happens.

"RE: I must have been sick that day..."
Posted by vince3 on 07-07-10 at 01:38 PM
Probably because he wasn't a free agent this off season...

"RE: I must have been sick that day..."
Posted by Estee on 07-07-10 at 01:44 PM
Well, Kevin's just this guy, you know?

Sickening thought of the day: what would Jordan have been like in this media environment?

"RE: I must have been sick that day..."
Posted by vince3 on 07-07-10 at 01:51 PM
He would have the ego of his 90's version, Shaq, Kobe and LeBron, possibly more, combined...

"RE: Announcement supposedly tomorrow..."
Posted by vince3 on 07-07-10 at 07:51 PM
Turns out it'll be in the first 10 minutes of the show...


"Update of positions..."
Posted by vince3 on 07-07-10 at 01:30 PM
LAST EDITED ON 07-07-10 AT 02:02 PM (EST)

Los Angeles Clippers: Finally have a coach, Vinny Del Negro... http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5359558

Kevin Durant, who was not a free agent this year, has signed a five-year extension with the Oklahoma Thunder... http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5360721

New York Knicks: Have Amare Stoudemire, are still in the LeBron James sweepstakes somehow, and have had exploratory talks with Carlos Boozer... http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=5359501

Miami Heat: Gets Dwayne Wade back, and also will be getting Chris Bosh, as well... Whether it's an outright sign, or a sign-and-trade from Toronto isn't known yet... They're also in the LeBron sweepstakes, too... http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5360911

Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nyets: May completely whiff on all of the top free agents this off season...

LeBron James: Proving himself to truly be a DAW, he will announce his decision Thursday night, on ESPN, at 9pm. Proceeds from advertisments during the show will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America... http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=5359255

"Necessary information comes out tonight."
Posted by Estee on 07-07-10 at 01:43 PM
The exact figure for next season's salary cap. ESPN's been discussing it: if LeBron's target is Miami, then they can currently only get him if they manage a trade or two as part of the deal and the projected new cap is exactly where they think it is: they'd just barely squeak in under the hoped-for wire. But if the salary cap is any lower than anticipated, they're pretty much out.

I think this might be a major piece of the reason LeBron's waiting. He doesn't know if he can head south -- yet.

"RE: Necessary information comes out tonight."
Posted by vince3 on 07-07-10 at 10:23 PM
The cap is $58 million, $2 million higher than expected...


"RE: Update of positions..."
Posted by vince3 on 07-07-10 at 10:31 PM
Turns out Chicago is definitely in the running: They got Carlos Boozer, which along with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah make an interesting spot for LeBron, and they still have room for a max contract...


"Current rumors: Miami."
Posted by Estee on 07-08-10 at 10:28 AM
Combination of:

* getting to play with Bosh & Wade.

* salary cap space available

* no state income tax

* city nightlife (no doubt)

From the reported pass-alongs, some people in his camp were trying to talk him out of it with advice like 'It'll dilute your brand!' Don't play with quality teammates or people won't pay as much attention to you -- how's that for entourage DAWs? And there's also the idea that it's Wade's team and everyone else would be his supporting cast...

We could see a 'too many stars, only one ball' problem evolve here if everyone can't keep stat drives and egos in simul-check. But if they can, then this is a potential powerhouse team. It's just not one with the ability to adjust its roster on the fly.

"RE: Current rumors: Miami."
Posted by vince3 on 07-08-10 at 10:44 AM
Yeah, after they dump the guy needed to make this work, either by the sign-and-trade of Bosh to Miami, or to some other victim, if they get James then they won't have much room for more than just league minimum contracts...

"RE: Current rumors: Miami."
Posted by emydi on 07-08-10 at 06:03 PM
party this weekend in Miami

"Conspiracy theories. "
Posted by Estee on 07-08-10 at 12:08 PM

"Lie #1."
Posted by Estee on 07-08-10 at 09:13 PM
It wasn't announced in the first ten minutes.

Gee. Which semi-scripted reality show are you thinking of?

"RE: Lie #1."
Posted by ohmyheck on 07-17-10 at 10:15 PM
Ummm... All of them?

"and the winner is..."
Posted by vince3 on 07-08-10 at 09:27 PM
He claims that his final decision was made this morning...

After 30 minutes of hype, he will play next season for... the Miami Heat.

Posted by Estee on 07-08-10 at 09:28 PM
Let the second-guessing begin.

"Miami Yankees - Boo Hiss"
Posted by trigirl on 07-08-10 at 10:00 PM
Not happy.

"RE: Miami Yankees - Boo Hiss"
Posted by vince3 on 07-08-10 at 10:28 PM
Neither are peeps in Cleveland, there have been videos of fans burning his Cavs jersey in effigy...

"RE: Miami Yankees - Boo Hiss"
Posted by byoffer on 07-09-10 at 00:25 AM
LAST EDITED ON 07-09-10 AT 00:25 AM (EST)

The Cleveland Cavs owner is not impressed either...



"RE: Miami."
Posted by Colonel Zoidberg on 07-09-10 at 05:09 PM
LeBron is a self-absorbed idiot.

And he cost me $20.

Which I probably should sue him for.


"RE: Miami."
Posted by Estee on 07-09-10 at 06:06 PM
Don't bother suing him. He's making so little in salary, he can't possibly spare the twenty.

"Gene Wojciechowski's take."
Posted by Estee on 07-09-10 at 06:44 AM
'And now I'd like to present … The Column on The Decision, which was announced by The Egotist, who has lost The Respect of The Columnist for jacking around The Cavs, The Bulls, The Knicks, The Nets and The Clippers (yes, even The Clippers) before deciding on The Heat and milking it for every Favre-like minute as he talked about The King in The Third Person.'


This is being echoed in a number of places, and since there's only so many spins on concepts I feel like linking to, let's go for the summary:


"RE: Gene Wojciechowski's take."
Posted by trigirl on 07-09-10 at 09:17 AM
I agree with Gene. Let's call it The Mistake. Disregard my dislike for the outcome... I never in a million years thought he would schedule and hour-long show if he was going to diss Cleveland. I thought the fact that we were having this dog and pony show was the confirmation he was returning.

From Mo Williams twitter:
I can't believe this is really real. This is surreal. So many emotions on one man decision. I wonder what is our next move. The only thing, and I mean the only thing I disagree with is.... If he knew somewhere else was the destination he should have spared cle on national tv. But this was history so we might not understand the magnitude today. But when we look back on this, we might not never see this again. Love u bron and always will. I knowu made your decision for the rt reason but we could have got it done here and u would have enjoyed.......The person that I feel most sorry for is mike brown. He is a really good coach.

MegaDAW is being kind.

"RE: Gene Wojciechowski's take."
Posted by AyaK on 07-09-10 at 07:32 PM
Only LeBron didn't seem to realize that it was a mistake to do this show if he was planning on leaving Cleveland. That may have something to do with the adulation he's received since he was 15.

Will the last person leaving Cleveland turn out the lights?

"RE: Gene Wojciechowski's take."
Posted by bacon on 07-10-10 at 00:00 AM
Was that not the most amazing trainwreck of a show you've ever seen? I really felt like this was the finale of The Apprentice, not the announcement of a player's team destination. From the pointless rambling by the ESPN crew, to the pointless questioning leading up to the announcement that dragged on and on and on and on, to James spitting in Cleveland's face on national tv. Absolutely amazing. That had to be the most embarrasing television event I've ever watched. Seriously, Lebron and ESPN should be ashamed of themselves for that crap.

Of course, ESPN spent all day trying to justify it. I heard "Well, that's the age we live in now" used more than once today during shows like "Around the Horn" and "Pardon the Interruption". Please! Just because you CAN show us a pile of sh!t, doesn't mean that you SHOULD show us a pile of sh!t!

"The fans react"
Posted by Estee on 07-09-10 at 03:27 PM

What I don't get here: why is it so wrong for a potentially great player to want other such players as teammates? Do you always have to be alpha dog -- especially in a league where it takes at least two stars on a team to win?

Not arguing most of the other sentiments here. But 'playing with talent means you're a wimp' doesn't make sense.

"RE: The fans react"
Posted by vince3 on 07-09-10 at 04:36 PM
Another thing, without looking at the article, is this: why is ownership so ticked off about a player leaving without them being called, when if the ownership was to potentially trade the player, the player might end up on a different team without being called first?

"RE: The fans react"
Posted by Estee on 07-09-10 at 06:04 PM
Possibly because of the whole 'we built our lives around you for years' aspect: this is more betrayed lover than franchise owner -- although this particular owner's made a few blunders along the way himself. It says something about the magnitude of LeBron's PR screwup/image destruction to have management coming across as the good guy. And that something ain't good.

"RE: The fans react"
Posted by vince3 on 07-09-10 at 06:34 PM
...and yet his threat to produce more of the crud that has been swept under the rug for the past seven years may make him look like the bad guy in all of this yet.....

He's already stated that James 'quit' a few times in the Cavs ousters the past couple of seasons.......

BTW, the Heat are having a celebration party in a little while to introduce their Miami Thrice (or whatever you want to call this threesome....) to the fans, and they're sold out of season tickets for the season already....... Also, none of the three have officially signed the contracts yet, but since Bosh and James both have other commitments the rest of the weekend, and the negotiations are relatively close enough........ Party time.

"RE: The fans react"
Posted by Estee on 07-09-10 at 06:46 PM
or whatever you want to call this threesome

'Nazgul' actually works pretty well.

"RE: The fans react"
Posted by AyaK on 07-09-10 at 07:29 PM
They should rename the entire franchise that. The Miami Nazgul.

Has a nice ring to it. Maybe it will even start a fellowship.

"RE: The fans react"
Posted by PepeLePew13 on 07-09-10 at 11:55 PM

>He's already stated that James 'quit'
>a few times in the
>Cavs ousters the past couple
>of seasons.......

And yet, he wanted LeBron back at max salary. That's why I can't take this owner seriously one bit, even if I agree with his sentiments.

"RE: The fans react"
Posted by Round Robin on 07-10-10 at 00:44 AM
LAST EDITED ON 07-10-10 AT 00:45 AM (EST)

This owner doesn't come off as a good guy either. He comes off as nothing but a whiny crybaby, and if I were a superstar free agent in the future, I damn sure wouldn't consider Cleveland with the owner being such a whiny crybaby who would throw me under the bus if he didn't get his way. He burned a lot of bridges by ripping LeBron like that, and if I were in LeBron's shoes I'd be damn glad to be out of any town where the owner is just as much of an @$$ as the jackhole "fans" who were burning my jerseys in the streets.

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by blacknwhitedog on 07-10-10 at 06:41 PM
Being from Northern Ohio- LeBron can go any where he pleases- but why do that show on ESPN- no class.

I agree he has been surrounded since age 15 by people telling him he is a god. He now has a fantastic fat ego.

"I made the decision this morning"-?-please
He has had this in the works since the 2008 Olympics team and certainly was thinking about it back in Nov 2009 while the Cavs were playing in Miami LeBron announced he would be changing his number next year to #6- funny how the Heat have retired #23 but not the Cavs.

Party on dude. Cleveland will sink into Lake Erie.

Syren 2007

"Coincidence. Really."
Posted by Estee on 07-10-10 at 07:57 PM
'In addition, Fathead.com, an online retailer owned by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert dropped the price of its LeBron Fathead wall decals from $99.99 to $17.41, which happens to be the same year Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold was born.'


Posted by vince3 on 07-12-10 at 02:32 PM
Cuban wants an investigation regardless of the facts that both Toronto and Cleveland are apparently waving off the thought of asking for a Tampering inquiry, and that they actually both did sign-and-trade deals with Miami for Bosh and James, respectively... As well as the notion that NBA doesn't actively pursue player contact between teams as much as front offices talking to a player that's not theirs before free agency...


"RE: Tampering?"
Posted by Estee on 07-12-10 at 02:58 PM
Here is a sample exchange of fictional dialogue.

'You know, my company's going to be opening up their hiring budget in a couple of years. Ever think about coming over to work at my place?'

'If that happens? Dude, I am there.'

Here is another.

'Hi, I'm Mark Cuban, and I want to make that conversation illegal.'

Not. Going. To. Happen.

"RE: Tampering?"
Posted by byoffer on 07-12-10 at 04:08 PM
I think that analogy falls apart in that the NBA (and other pro sports) have a bunch of strange rules like salary caps and things to stop the owners from colluding on the players. Is there a rule to prevent the players from doing the same thing?

That said, Cuban still doesn't have a chance at blocking this.

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by PepeLePew13 on 07-18-10 at 12:41 PM
LAST EDITED ON 07-18-10 AT 12:41 PM (EST)

Got $49.5M to blow ... on a new mansion.

He'll need all the space to insulate him from the rocks being thrown by jilted Cavs fans.

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by michel on 07-18-10 at 12:49 PM
And I thought real estate value in Florida had collapsed!!

"RE: It;'s LeBron's decision..."
Posted by byoffer on 07-19-10 at 11:47 AM
Google map this address:
11 Casuarina Concourse, Coral Gables, Fla, United States

You have to check out the real estate listing for the place:

Looks like a 6 star hotel. How long before Lebron "pimps it out"??

"He was (and is) a male Britney."
Posted by Estee on 07-19-10 at 08:21 AM
Yeah, Michael, but in your case, that's because your ego's so big, you threw a fit when management told you league rules meant there had to be eleven other guys on the team.


"Attention CT residents."
Posted by Estee on 07-19-10 at 08:24 AM
If you happen to find $3,500,000 lying in the street, that's LeBron's. He dropped it.

It could happen to anyone.

Posted by Estee on 07-21-10 at 09:39 AM


"Here it comes..."
Posted by Estee on 08-03-10 at 05:28 PM
LeBron will be in Akron on Saturday to host a bike-a-thon: something he does every year.

Akron is thirty-five miles from Cleveland.

People will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.

He took out a full-page ad in the Akron paper thanking the city for their support. Never mentioned Cleveland.

"RE: Here it comes..."
Posted by HobbsofMI on 08-04-10 at 09:47 AM
This guy needs to fire his PR staff.

Never mentioned Cleveland?

What the heck were your thinking?

GO WINGS! 2008 Stanley Cup Champs!
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"'The Heat are 9-7.' bump."
Posted by Estee on 11-27-10 at 12:05 PM
The predictions of a 75-win season may have been slightly premature.

Where do you start to count the problems? The top three can't always agree on who's getting the ball, although two of them generally seem to feel it isn't going to be Bosh. Given the percentage of the salary cap committed to the trio, there was no real room to build a bench: once the triad gets tired, the Heat almost get to play Tallest Bodies Available. And taking your talents to South Beach at night might mean your talent staggers home with a killer hangover at eleven a.m. and no memory of the intervening time.

The trip to Cleveland is coming up. What's the world record for booing duration?

"Mash up with LeBron & M. Jordan"
Posted by AyaK on 11-27-10 at 05:51 PM

"RE: Mash up with LeBron & M. Jordan"
Posted by trigirl on 12-02-10 at 02:20 PM
I hadn't seen that one! Have you seen the Cleveland's response one?


"Tragedy tomorrow..."
Posted by Estee on 12-02-10 at 09:56 AM
...Cleveland tonight!

"RE: Tragedy tomorrow..."
Posted by trigirl on 12-02-10 at 02:14 PM
I am gonna be like a gawker at a car crash. Can't wait!

"RE: Tragedy tomorrow..."
Posted by Estee on 12-02-10 at 06:12 PM
I'm at least going to watch through the player introductions and check back in a few times during the game. And I hope Guinness sent a representative. We could be looking at the new world record in sustained booing.

Do you think the city's had enough time to master circular breathing?

"RE: Tragedy tomorrow..."
Posted by Estee on 12-02-10 at 10:26 PM
Possibly the easiest game to follow on audio-only ever.

'Who's got the ball?'



"Dead man walking."
Posted by Estee on 12-24-10 at 08:46 AM
'Wouldn't it make my Decision look better if other players were forced into the same situation? And how do I force that to happen? Recommend that several thousand people be put out of work! Happened in Cleveland all the time! Sure, this time, some of them are players, but it's not as if they could ever hold that against me!'


And then came the Flagrant4. (He made them skip #3.)

"This defense looks familiar."
Posted by Estee on 12-27-10 at 05:19 PM
And I quote: "I had no idea what the word 'contraction' meant before I saw it on the Internet."


Also known as 'I'm too stupid to be stupid.'