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    It looks like LeBron James and Barkley are developing a little feud.


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    CLEVELAND – LeBron James reacted strongly to Charles Barkley's comments that the Cavaliers star isn't showing respect for Cleveland fans and his teammates by discussing his possible free agency following the 2010 season.

    "He's stupid. That's all I've got to say about that," James said Friday night before the Cavaliers' game against Golden State.

    Barkley made the comments on TNT's NBA studio show and Dan Patrick's radio show.

    "If I was LeBron James, I would shut the hell up," the Hall of Famer said on Patrick's show. "I'm a big LeBron fan. He's a stud. You gotta give him his props. I'm getting so annoyed he's talking about what he's going to do in two years. I think it's disrespectful to the game. I think it's disrespectful to the Cavaliers."

    James, under contract for two more seasons, was bombarded with questions about his future when the Cavaliers visited New York to play the Knicks on Tuesday night.

    The Cavaliers can offer him an extension as early as July 1, 2009. There has long been speculation James will eventually end up in one of the NBA's larger markets and the Knicks have cleared salary-cap space in anticipation of the 2010 free-agent class.

    "I think July 1, 2010, is a very big day," James said when the Cavaliers were in New York. "It's probably going to be one of the biggest days in free-agent history in the NBA. So a lot of teams are gearing up to try to prepare themselves to be able to put themselves in position to get one of the big free-agent market guys."

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    LBJ can say what he wants, but I do get tired about hearing about speculation of him going to NY or wherever.

    The 24 hour newscycle has brought a lot of, in my view unwanted, speculation about where players will end up in 2 or 3 years. Who cares? My team is on the floor.
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    I like the fact he told barkley to shut up lol

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    I'm totally with Barkley. LeBron is a Cavalier right now, but it's hard to tell from what he says. He's already planning on leaving. That shows no respect to the fans that cheer him and pay his salary.

    If I was a Cav fan, I'd be disgusted.

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    he has the right to say whatever he wants to say. he's a professional player. he plays for cavs, gets paid in return and does a great job. him playing for cavs doesn't mean he belongs to them.

    if a was a fan of cavs i'd more than happy about having him on my team. he can come to pacers and talk about all the other teams in the nba. as long as he plays like this i'd be cool with it.
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    I'm totally with Barkley. LeBron is a Cavalier right now, but it's hard to tell from what he says. He's already planning on leaving. That shows no respect to the fans that cheer him and pay his salary.

    If I was a Cav fan, I'd be disgusted.
    I totally agree. What makes it worse is that LeBron is from Ohio. People around here would be pretty honked off if Reggie had behaved like this while he was a Pacer.

    Before someone jumps my case, LeBron has every right to want to play in New York (if he's really that stupid). All I'm saying is I think he should be playing a little kiss a$$ with the Cavs fans. Would it really be that difficult to say "I'm a Cav. I'll be a Cav until I'm not. As long as I'm here I'll do everything I can to get our fans a title."

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    I'm with Barkley, but I also agree that Lebron can come play for us for two years while pining for New York.
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    I am sick about hearing this. If teams can get fined for tampering, then players should as well. Even though LeBron said nothing definitive, contextually he alluded enough to cause a commotion.

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    I totally agree. What makes it worse is that LeBron is from Ohio. People around here would be pretty honked off if Reggie had behaved like this while he was a Pacer.

    Before someone jumps my case, LeBron has every right to want to play in New York (if he's really that stupid). All I'm saying is I think he should be playing a little kiss a$$ with the Cavs fans. Would it really be that difficult to say "I'm a Cav. I'll be a Cav until I'm not. As long as I'm here I'll do everything I can to get our fans a title."
    This spells it out perfectly IMHO....

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    I totally agree. What makes it worse is that LeBron is from Ohio. People around here would be pretty honked off if Reggie had behaved like this while he was a Pacer.

    Before someone jumps my case, LeBron has every right to want to play in New York (if he's really that stupid). All I'm saying is I think he should be playing a little kiss a$$ with the Cavs fans. Would it really be that difficult to say "I'm a Cav. I'll be a Cav until I'm not. As long as I'm here I'll do everything I can to get our fans a title."
    I agree with Grace,

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    Before someone jumps my case, LeBron has every right to want to play in New York (if he's really that stupid).
    I don't agree with this. NY has a better GM and a coach who is a better offensive specialist then his current coach is a defensive specialist. It will be a more fun style of play, and he has a real chance to win multiple championships which doing so in NY is simply better than in Cleveland for his ultimate legacy.

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    Cleveland fans need to grow up.

    You get to see one of the best basketball players of all time for SEVEN YEARS. He gives his all every play and has made at least one NBA finals. Now you're crucifying him because he MIGHT move on in TWO YEARS?

    If that's how they treat him then they didn't deserve him in the first place.

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    If LeBron is really smart, he'd go play in Jersey. Regardless of if they aren't in Brooklyn yet, the duo of Lopez and Harris would complement him well.

    Why not go to Jersey and play there a season or two until the building is built?

    Plus with Yi on the team, he'd have all of China behind him and he saw what that means during the Olympics when they were all loving Kobe.

    Then there's the much talked about Jay-Z influence.

    Cleveland doesn't have much of a chance. I don't see what NYK has that Jersey doesn't or wouldn't when they move to Brooklyn.

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    Cleveland fans need to grow up.

    You get to see one of the best basketball players of all time for SEVEN YEARS. He gives his all every play and has made at least one NBA finals. Now you're crucifying him because he MIGHT move on in TWO YEARS?

    If that's how they treat him then they didn't deserve him in the first place.

    You think Chicago fans would've been quiet if Jordan would've flirted with leaving after 7 years?

    I think not.

    Any fan base would react this way.

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    Flirting with leaving is one thing if it's the year of his FA, but doing it 2 years prior gives fans a right to be disturbed. I don't know how much he's really doing it since I tend to follow the Pacers closely and other teams I don't usually get bogged down in their soap operas unless it somehow ties to the Pacers.

    Reggie all but said he was going to be a Knick during his flirtation with FA back in the 90's. ...And I don't know to this day if he stayed here out of loyalty to the franchise.... or because they signed Allan Houston instead.

    But he at least waited to make those overtures rather than expecting fans to sit thru hints and innuendos for 2 years.

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    You think Chicago fans would've been quiet if Jordan would've flirted with leaving after 7 years?

    I think not.

    Any fan base would react this way.
    Cleveland is not Chicago.

    Small-market fans need to understand the financial realities of the league. It's not fair that the best NBA players want to play in New York, but is it any less fair than all the best computer people want to move to California? Certain places offer more for certain professionals.

    I understand that it's upsetting to a city that their superstar might leave but calling him a traitor and giving him more reason to leave is not the best thing to do. If by some stroke of God the Pacers had drafted LeBron and we were in this situation I would be enjoying the hell out of these last two years, not complaining about every perceived slight.

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    Flirting with leaving is one thing if it's the year of his FA, but doing it 2 years prior gives fans a right to be disturbed....Reggie all but said he was going to be a Knick during his flirtation with FA back in the 90's.
    All LeBron said was that the free agency period in the summer of 2010 will be crazy, since many teams are already jockeying for position to sign any of several free agents.

    He named no teams by name, no players by name, and just stated an obvious fact. By his play on the court he is obviously 100% committed to the Cavs for the duration of his current contract. If people want his opinion and he wants to give an honest opinion of such a general nature, Barkley and everyone else should just keep quiet.

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    Sorta like telling your first wife 5 years into your marriage that you might be looking for a
    new wife in 2 years. You are not sure but you tell her that it is a possibility. Honey this other
    gal has better potential than you.....
    Sure Lebron can say what he wants but he will also reap the results of a big mouth.
    If Lebron had kept quiet Charles and everyone else would have had no reason to
    open their mouths either. Bad move on Lebron's part.
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    Maybe he is trying to light a fire under Cavs management to try and get a team around him.
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    James said that he felt really comfortable with Mike Dantoni when with the USA team. He liked the freedom. This is more than just flirting. This is talking at length about the possibility. Where is Stern in all of this? If this was anyone but Lebron and te NYK there would be fines. Kobe talking about going overseas is an issue as well. There needs to be less talking about these issues and more talking about the season.

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    I think we can all agree that LeBron has the right to do whatever he wants in this situation, but I think the right thing to do is to be sensitive to his current fanbase in Ohio. Just because it's the way the world works (professionals ditching their flyover state homes to head to either coast), doesn't make it any easier for the rest of us to swallow.

    For my money, as much of an opportunity as it would be for LeBron to play in New York, I think he'd be remembered in history in a unique way is he made it work in Cleveland for his career. The MJ of this generation, but in a small market. That'd be a truly rare kind of special.

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    I agree with the... uh... Round Mound of Rebound (sorry, couldn't resist). Bron is being rather unprofessional in commenting on his free agency that is still two years away. Commenting on moving teams when there has seemed to be nothing wrong is very disrespectful from a fans standpoint. LeBron does need to shut up, play his game, get his numbers, keep making his team better, then in two years if greener grass is found, move.

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    For my money, as much of an opportunity as it would be for LeBron to play in New York, I think he'd be remembered in history in a unique way is he made it work in Cleveland for his career.
    Remembered in a basketball context absolutely, but his ambitions seem to be global and multifaceted. It's almost impossible for him to accomplish all he wants to do in the Cleveland market.

    My sincerest hope is that he spends the rest of his career in Cleveland. The odds of that happening appear to dwindle with each week.

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    I totally agree. What makes it worse is that LeBron is from Ohio. People around here would be pretty honked off if Reggie had behaved like this while he was a Pacer.

    Before someone jumps my case, LeBron has every right to want to play in New York (if he's really that stupid). All I'm saying is I think he should be playing a little kiss a$$ with the Cavs fans. Would it really be that difficult to say "I'm a Cav. I'll be a Cav until I'm not. As long as I'm here I'll do everything I can to get our fans a title."
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    As a Pacer fan, the more publicity this situation raises, the better off we are. I want to see fierce competition for James services because I think we can agree that Indy is the last place you will find him when everything is settled.

    But what we may be able to do is to trade expiring contract(s) to a team that is willing to part with a better player in order to free up cap space in an attempt to sign James.

    So, even though we won't get James, there is a chance that we could could greatly benefit from his eventual signing.

    So, as unprofessional as it is at this point in time, as far as I'm concerned he can shoot off his mouth anytime he wants, as long as the end result is that it creates more competion among teams to obtain his services.

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