LeBron James Would Have to Be Crazy to Leave Miami for Cleveland -- Updated

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke dives into LeBron-mania.

Update: LeBron James has made the dumbest decision of his life. He is heading to Cleveland.

LeBron James is not stupid. But leaving the Miami Heat would be the King's dumbest decision if he actually opts to move back to Cleveland. He'd be giving up living in paradise, residing in a state with no income tax, and playing for the most stable, most competitive organization next to the San Antonio Spurs. By going back to Cleveland, LeBron would essentially be bowing down to Dan Gilbert, the Cavaliers' owner who doesn't value James as the league's greatest player, other than using him to increase the value of the Cavaliers and sell out Quicken Loans Arena.

See also: All of the Luke's Gospel columns

In fact, Gilbert is the worst NBA owner next to Donald Sterling. When LeBron left via free agency four years ago, Gilbert acted like a plantation owner angry that his top slave had been freed. Now Gilbert wants to pretend he never dissed LeBron. The Cavaliers removed from their website the letter Gilbert wrote ripping LeBron's character and integrity.

The Cavaliers have also been dumping players to offer James a maximum contract.

LeBron should note Carmelo Anthony is leaning toward staying in New York because he doesn't want to uproot his kids and tear them away from their friends. LeBron's children don't have any ties to Cleveland. Besides, the only place he can drive his Ferrari with the top down and enjoy the breeze along the water is in Miami.

Though returning home might seem like a storybook ending to his career, LeBron won't win championships in Cleveland. The Cavaliers may have younger talent, but bringing in Mike Miller and Ray Allen is not an improvement over the Heat. And LeBron would still have to put up with Gilbert, who has changed coaches four times, including bringing back LeBron's old coach Mike Brown for a disastrous run that ended after one season and a 33-49 record.

Now Gilbert has brought in David Blatt, a guy with a ton of overseas coaching experience but none in the NBA.

Leaving Miami would be a bigger act of betrayal. Heat owner Micky Arison and Heat president Pat Riley have accommodated LeBron in every way possible, from allowing him to take over team leadership from Dwyane Wade to bringing in the players who have helped LeBron make consecutive runs at the NBA championship. Miami has also given him the resources to improve his game and a young coach in Erik Spoelstra, who has earned his place as the second-longest tenured coach behind Gregg Popovich.

LeBron needs the Heat more than Miami needs him.

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escomillions
escomillions

I 100% agree with Uncle Luke!! I have been a fan of Lebron since I first seen him in high school. I am a original Heat fan from the days of Sparrow and Sunvold ( Miami Arena) But I think Lebron loved Miami , I really do.The decision he made  was because of his wife who wanted him out of this celebrity plantation of South Beach. Her antics proved it with all the posts on IG and other sights. I believe Lebron got caught up with all the partying and glamourous women just floating around and she had enough. She pretty much said "it's me or Miami" who could blame lebron your high school sweetheart gives you the ultimate ultimatum.  Because when you put Miami against Cleveland there is no comparisons its like LA GEAR compared to NIKE , who does that?  PS Thanks Mrs Savannah for destroying our dynasty

NetLinks.Co
NetLinks.Co

WOW Luke you through it out of the park! You are 100% right... This are pretty much the same points I had commented on earlier. "Cleveland" for real! ...and after all the talk about Donald Sterling! The fact is that short of calling him the "N" words Dan Gilbert literally employed the same tone in the LeBron letter.

Second of all Miami "IS" the most stable market and if he wanted to make a statement about OHIO nothing makes a bigger statement then breaking every record on the books by being a part of one of the best teams in the NBA. This is the only way everyone would remember you as the "kid from Ohio" that broke every record instead of "the punk from Ohio" that had a chance at greatness and tossed it all away by listening to his wife and a small group around him that have no respect for the man!

Because after all that was said and done, it boils down to having self worth and respect for yourself!

Many have not mentioned the wife antics of placing pics of FaceBook and twitter but I think leBron's wife was a major influence in his decision to return to Ohio a place where every celebrity who breaks through runs from, for example Arsenio Hall, Halle Berry, Steven Spielberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Holmes, Allison Janney, Paul Newman, Luke Perry...just to mention a few!

In Ohio she may be regards as royalty ...in Miami she just another face in the crow next to the Kardashians, the Williams sisters and the Beckhams. I think this is something not only her but actually all of them including his mom had an issue with!

This will go on the book as the bench mark and one of the worse bone headed decision ever made by an athlete maybe even a person period! LeBron you had the lotto winning ticket in your hand and you opted to rip it apart in exchange for a few brownie points from "OHIO"! that my friend is the bottom line and for those that claim the money is not important!

You watch the sponsorship deal start to go away faster then they came in.... After all who would want to have OHIO represent their brand! 

How many people outside of Ohio are going to buy $200 LeBron OHIO edition snickers?

Cleveland" for real!!!  

Jess Barofsky
Jess Barofsky

It's not just about basketball. The man doesn't need the money. There's also some things money can't buy. If your not feeling this your to young to understand.

Bobby Mac
Bobby Mac

So... a guy who had a hit 25 years ago and hasn't been relevant since is giving career advice now?

KeepItMoving
KeepItMoving

Man Luke don't start acting like the Cleveland fans did when Lebron decided to take his talents to south beach a few years ago. He brought The Heat championships , and he brought new fans to Miami. Myself being a NY Knick fan , who has not had the experience of watching my home team win a championship in close to 40 years. Thank the man { Lebron }and  what he has done for your fine city !

Cary Jorge
Cary Jorge

Uncle Luke .. Miami's village idiot

jeffzelaya
jeffzelaya

It was first about winning and now it's about the money.

Daniella Sforza
Daniella Sforza

Wrong. He is thinking of his family and that is RESPECT

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...................good call UNCLE LUKE, i see the brother from another mother really did take your advice.......NOT !..........................your just too silly even for your own peoples

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Fcol, why does everything have to go back to the subject of slavery ? Give it a rest already, LBJ can play anywhere, he is going to make $20 million/season at least, hardly slavery, just like nfl players hardly know what s war is like, compared to DDay survivors or gulf war vets.

Stephanie Symonett
Stephanie Symonett

Well Uncle Luke his choice is his. No matter where he goes it will be alright.

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

James took a pay cut to play in Miami

LeBron James has been at the center of free agent drama before. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 and played with them through the 2009-2010 season. At the end of the season, he departed in free agency to join Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat. Wade and James were also joined by Chris Bosh, formerly of the Toronto Raptors. All three players were drafted in 2003 and had been perennial All-Stars for years. They were also close friends.

Given the salary cap rules, it was not possible for the Heat to pay all three players the individual maximum salary. But they all decided that they wanted to play together and maximize their odds at winning championships, so they all agreed to accept small discounts to play in Miami. The sting of reduced salary was salved by Miami's high quality of life and the fact that Florida has no state income tax.

The terms of the arrangement were that Wade, James, and Bosh would all accept essentially the same salary (James and Bosh are paid the exact same amount, Wade is paid very slightly less) even though everyone agreed that James was the superior player.

Everybody's got a price ,Everybody's gonna pay Lebron is back to Cleveland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqhKR1wfwRE

Geoff Paugam
Geoff Paugam

It's a Capricorn thing, pride. LBJ, Wade, Luke....all Caps. They all know where they're going...and it's not Cleveland.

Austin Heffernan
Austin Heffernan

Uncle Luke has made plenty of dumb decisions: like ruining the UM football program with antics like this

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

"Gilbert acted like a plantation owner angry that his top slave had been freed." ...and you know what an angry plantation owner who lost his top slave is like because......because you don't, you've never been a slave. Knock this shit out, it's off putting, and teetering on the line of racist.

Todd Bogart
Todd Bogart

I wouldn't blame him for leaving. Pat Riley said some pretty offensive things following the loss---the Herald redacted most of his comments since. He placed blame squarely on the players, took no responsibility himself and said that anyone that leaves lacks guts (whatever that is). James, Wade and Bosh made that team, Riley deserves little credit; all he did was clear cap space and pray.

Chris S. Kilibarda
Chris S. Kilibarda

It all has to do with Arinson... There are so many reports that Arinson told Lebron bs (which is not surprising considering how he runs carnival) about keeping the team competitive

Sid Kaskey
Sid Kaskey

LoL...have you been paying state income tax Andrew? Has a "friend" been offering to drop off the check at the tax department for you?

Dan Smith
Dan Smith

but cleveland is home to him.

Angelo Santa Lucia
Angelo Santa Lucia

Daw, Luke speaking truth. #dontstoppopdatpussyletmeseeyadoodoobrown

Gabriel Veg
Gabriel Veg

Andrew Florida does not have a state income tax. Educate yourself. Please.

Peter Traini
Peter Traini

we need the national media on this,,not the local media ,to biased

Harvey Kelber
Harvey Kelber

Uncle Like,,,Canes,,,Marlins,,Fins,,,Heat #1#1#1

Andrew Jacque
Andrew Jacque

We live in a state with no income tax? What the fuck is this guy talking about?!!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...........YEAH and obviously LeBron listens to his advice - NOT !

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

There is no state income tax in Florida. What are YOU talking about?

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