"I don’t believe James wants to raise sons LeBron Jr. and Bryce in South Florida. I envision them following in his footsteps in the gym he’s spending $1 million to renovate at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
"James also knows that no one has been able to 'Light up the town like Las Vegas,' which he vowed to do here. The longer Cleveland’s championship drought, now assured to hit 50 years thanks to the woebegone Browns, the more revered will be the players who end it. His mansion in Bath might eventually have a Jamestown address if he brings us that long-awaited parade down Euclid Avenue."
The full piece can be found here.
October 23, 2013
Scout says Wade perfect fit alongside James
Amid the debate about the relationship between LeBron and Dwyane Wade comes perspective from an NBA scout with calls their chemistry "great."
The comment comes as part of the "Enemy Lines" section in the Heat preview in Sports Illustrated's NBA preview.
From the scout:
"The chemistry between LeBron and Wade has been great the last two years. I didn't think they had any chemistry in their first year together. The entire offense was "your turn, my turn." Now, the pecking order is clear: There's LeBron, then Wade and Bosh, then the rest. Wade is seeing the level at which LeBron is playing and, whether it's maturity or the effect of injuries, he has stepped back a bit and it's made them a better team."
The same scout from an opposing team makes it clear that James remains the key to the Heat's success:
"The biggest deal the last two years is obvious to anyone: LeBron James. His level of play has been off the charts, and it has raised everyone else's. His game has become more efficient. He's taking quality shots. He's not settling for as many long two-point jumpers, but he's also become a better three-point shooter. You also have to look at how Miami has changed its offense to incorporate more movement, making it harder for defenses to load up on LeBron."
The full analysis can be found here.
October 17, 2013
Kerr expects Heat to retool with re-signed James
Having already gone on record against the likelihood of the Heat repeating as champions, TNT analyst Steve Kerr was asked as part of a USA Today roundtable of NBA television analysts whether such a setback would cost the Heat the services of LeBron.
From that piece:
If the Heat don't stay on top, will LeBron James leave next summer in free agency?