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 8 years ago '08        #1
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Dee Grande 1269 heat pts1269
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LeBron almost left off Team USA in 08 over his ego; crazy details about free agency
 

 

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 Inside look at LeBron's free-agent coup - NBA - Yahoo! Sports

long read. here are some excerpts. i just kinda skimmed thru it



No one could stand James as a 19-year-old in the 2004 Athens Olympics, nor the 2006 World Championships. Officials feared James could become the instigator of everything they wanted to rid themselves for the ’08 Olympics. For as gifted as James was, Krzyzewski and Colangelo subscribed to a belief that with Kobe Bryant(notes) joining the national team in 2007, they could win a gold medal in ’08 with or without LeBron James.
Before Team USA gathered for the 2007 Tournament of the Americas in Las Vegas, an unmistakable message had been delivered to James through Nike: Unless you change, we’re serious about leaving you home.

“Legacies were on the line,” one league official said, “and they weren’t going to let LeBron [expletive] it up for everyone in China.”


On final days as a Cav, Heat decision:

James had wanted Brown gone a year earlier after the Cavs lost in the Eastern Conference finals to the Orlando Magic – despite Brown guiding Cleveland to 66 victories while winning the league’s Coach of the Year award. Ferry debated Gilbert to keep Brown. He won out, but Ferry knew it would be tough to make that case again in 2010. Every decision the Cavaliers made had to be run past James. He didn’t always get to decide, but he had to be consulted.

This time, Gilbert believed he had to fire Brown to have a chance of re-signing James. When he was fired, Brown purposely left his star’s name out of a public statement of thanks. He knew James had led the movement for his dismissal for more than two years and Brown no longer needed to pretend that he liked, or respected James.

Ferry warned the owner there wouldn’t be a better coach available to hire. Eventually, Gilbert pushed out Ferry, too.
No one had more intelligence and better monitored the disconnect between James and the Cavaliers than Miami Heat president Pat Riley. He had informants and spies everywhere, including his own star, Wade, who had been telling Riley for most of two years they could lure James to South Beach.

Within days of the season’s end, James and Carter traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the birthday party of New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul’s(notes) young son. With James on the premises, rules for the toddler’s birthday party included no photos, no video. image @ this clown banning pictures at a baby's birthday party. take your a.ss home then

James was close with Paul, and free agency and the possible connecting of the players’ futures did come up in conversation. Paul was unhappy with the Hornets, and frustrated to see so many of his Team USA teammates on championship contenders and playoff teams. James and Carter long had been trying to recruit Paul to their LRMR marketing company and the Rose/Wesley/CAA cluster for his contract representation.

As a prelude to Paul eventually going into business with James, Wesley began working the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets to get them to try and trade for Paul with the strong suggestion that it could deliver James in free agency. Both tried, both failed.

As it started to get back to Jay-Z that the Nets were trailing to the Heat and Bulls, a Nets official close to ownership – against the wishes of several peers – hatched a plan to leak the notes of a Prokhorov staff meeting to a media outlet. The leaked notes indicated that Prokhorov believed James’ brand would be diminished as part of a three-star team in Miami. What’s more, the notes also indicated what great respect Prokhorov had for Maverick Carter.

Chicago officials never directly requested Rose to reach out with a call, and the young point guard felt James could’ve always reached out to him had he wanted to discuss the possibility of playing together. James needed to be courted, needed to be wooed and apparently it surprised him there was a star who wasn’t falling over himself to do that.
:dancingcool: @ rose


The NBA doesn’t seem interested in pursuing a tampering probe, but a senior NBA official wants the league to investigate whether Riley promised James employment and benefits to members of his camp.

83 comments for "LeBron almost left off Team USA in 08 over his ego; crazy details about free agency"

 8 years ago '06        #2
Supreme7 2 heat pts
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 8 years ago '07        #3
Bigakathebeast 13 heat pts13
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lmao...........lebron makes a decision, and now he is being vilified for making a decision he was free to make....so, your gonna tell me that all this now comes out after he joins the heat......
 8 years ago '04        #4
MosDefinition 19 heat pts19
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Was it any worse than jordan being such a b**ch that he forced isiah off the dreamm team or he wouldn't play

All of this coming ojut just screams hurt exgirlfriend from cleveland he left get the f**k over it if u didn't want this s**t to come out 2 years ago you're phony for talking about it now
 8 years ago '07        #5
keithbm1111 97 heat pts97
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Lebron <<<<<
 8 years ago '08        #6
Dee Grande 1269 heat pts1269 OP
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this ain't an article out of cleveland (i don't think). it's from yahoo. dude who wrote it has been taking shots at lebron for years
 8 years ago '04        #7
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whoooooooo cares
 8 years ago '04        #8
LovinPavan 
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nice! more reason to dislike lebron and his foreskin maverick carter! sweet!
 8 years ago '07        #9
Cambury 39 heat pts39
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Starbury said he had to check him at the 04 Olympics too and Bron used to pick his brain all the time but used to act up...he did say that Gloria is like his cousin and her boyfriend at the time was cool as f**k too...
 8 years ago '08        #10
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 Dee Grande said:


No one had more intelligence and better monitored the disconnect between James and the Cavaliers than Miami Heat president Pat Riley. He had informants and spies everywhere, including his own star, Wade, who had been telling Riley for most of two years they could lure James to South Beach.


Pat Riley really is the don of the L
 8 years ago '09        #11
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 Collapse said:
whoooooooo cares
This.


Being called the next big thing, the next jordan, and King @ 16... he has an ego??? WOW I would NEVER have guessed.
 07-16-2010, 05:12 PM         #12
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i dont know if there is any truth to this at all, don't really care. All I know is this all reminds me of when kobe first got arrested. The media likes to build them up, but LOVES to tear them down. I doubt even if this is true that Lebron is the only one like this on the team or in the Olympics.
 8 years ago '06        #13
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No one had more intelligence and better monitored the disconnect between James and the Cavaliers than Miami Heat president Pat Riley. He had informants and spies everywhere, including his own star, Wade, who had been telling Riley for most of two years they could lure James to South Beach.
Riley sounds like some type of super villian plotting to take over the world.



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 8 years ago '05        #14
Quddus 12 heat pts12
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 Collapse said:
whoooooooo cares
This....:agreement6:
 8 years ago '04        #15
Liquid-Science 28 heat pts28
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and the funny thing is, Wade and Kobe were Batman and Robin out there while Bron was Alfred
 07-16-2010, 05:20 PM         #16
Silver N Black 
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Best basketball player in the NBA but this dude has an unchecked ego and little humility. Then again dude had a f**ked up mother and no pops, that s**t was bound to happen.
 8 years ago '10        #17
beast mode 26 heat pts26
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now im not defending lebron cause a lot of great players are a.ss holes (jordan,kobe) but there's not real proof here,no actual names quotes from anybody important or and directly sited sources,just comes off like a.ssumptions and vague stories and hearsay. now lebron can very well be a a**hole but this article wasn't a good one.
 8 years ago '10        #18
Hovi Bryant 676 heat pts676
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It's hard to imagine LeBron being a cancer for Team USA.

I remember watching some documentary on the team and he was joking around with everyone. I guess they didn't like his childish attitude at the time?
 8 years ago '04        #19
Silentmurdah33 1 heat pts
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7 dayss later they are still mad

save some of that anger for the actual season
 8 years ago '04        #20
KURUPTION!!! 541 heat pts541
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 Hovi Bryant said:
It's hard to imagine LeBron being a cancer for Team USA.
Why? Have you seen how he carries himself? He acts like he's owed something yet he's accomplished nothing. Heat fans go ahead and be excited all you want, but there's something suspect about that n*gga and I thing he's gonna try and wrestle that team away from Flash. This s**t ain't over by a stretch, especially if they don't win right away.
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