LeBron James became a free agent when his Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated last month by the Boston Celtics. Where James will land seems to have captured the attention of most basketball fans as rumors have circulated that there were a number of teams in the hunt for the young man. The watch has even drawn the interest of President Obama who commented that he felt that James would fit in with his team, the Chicago Bulls.
Beyond the Bulls being in contention as a new home, the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and of course staying in Cleveland have all been discussed as where James will play next year. James headlines a list of stars who are all up as free agents (or could become free agents) including Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudamire, Dirk Nowitski and Joe Johnson. A week ago there was even discussion that Bosh, James and Wade were going to meet face-to-face to discuss where they were all leaning and looking.
Late last month there was another wrinkle added to the mix when word came out that Phil Jackson might consider leaving the Los Angeles Lakers, since he too becomes a free agent when the playoffs are over. Suddenly, the wrinkle was that Jackson might consider returning to the Chicago Bulls and thus fueling the possibility of Chicago being the leading place for James to land as well.
The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted James straight out of high school in 2003, and he has never left eight years later. Now James has sat down with CNN's Larry King in an interview set to air on Friday at 9 p.m. eastern time.
Still, Cleveland has the edge to retain their native son and James
confirmed that to King saying, "This city, these fans, I mean, have given me a lot in these seven years. And, you know, for me, it's comfortable. So, I've got a lot of memories here. And so it does have an edge."
James also told King is that he wants to be with a team that will win more than one championship, as he beleives that he will not go down as one of the greatest unless he wins a championship. James
is quoted in the interview as saying, "I understand that me going down as one of the greats will not happen until I win a championship. I'm going to do what's best for me and my family."