NBA PM: LeBron James Won’t Discuss Future
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LeBron James Won’t Discuss Future
The 2014 NBA free agency class could go down as one of the best in league history. However, if stars like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decide not to opt out, it will be a mediocre class that just features aging future Hall of Famers like Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce among others.
The biggest potential free agent, James, isn’t giving any hints about what his future holds. As has become commonplace in the NBA, free agents to-be refuse to discuss anything beyond the present. Every answer is about “right now” or “today,” with no comment on next summer or season.
This is the same approach that James took during the 2009-10 season, when he dodged free agency questions before and after every game until he finally refused to address the topic altogether.
James will hear many more questions between now and next summer, but don’t expect him to deviate from the script.
When asked about his future in an interview with Fox Sports 1 that aired on Tuesday night, James wouldn’t divulge much.
“I have no idea,” James said of what his future holds. “I haven’t even begin to think about that. I think right now, my focus is on trying to win three championships in a row.”
“I’m a winner, that’s all that matters,” James continued. “I want to win. I’m in a position right now where that’s all I think about. I’m very comfortable in my surroundings. I love my teammates. I love the organization in Miami. So that’s where I am right now. … I feel, right now, who I am today, I’m in a good place.”
The easiest way to end the questions and speculation would be to say that he wants to sign another long-term deal with the HEAT next summer and finish his career in Miami.
However, don’t expect James to do that. He clearly wants to keep his options open and isn’t ready to make that kind of commitment.
Jeremy Lin Opens Up About Struggles
All eyes were on Jeremy Lin entering the 2012-13 season. He had just come off of a tremendous run with the New York Knicks and signed a lucrative contract with the Houston Rockets. He was expected to be one of the team’s best players and pick up right where he left off when “Linsanity” came to an abrupt end due to a knee injury.
Instead, Lin struggled to duplicate the success he had in New York, averaging just 13.4 points and 6.1 assists for the season and battling injuries.
Rather than saving Houston basketball, Lin was heavily criticized and experienced “emptiness, confusion and misery.”
Lin recently opened up at the Dream Big, Be Yourself youth conference in Taipei, Taiwan, talking about his journey to a crowd of approximately 20,000 people, according to ESPN.
“I became so obsessed with becoming a great basketball player … trying to be Linsanity, being this phenomenon that took the NBA by storm,” Lin said. “The coaches were losing faith in me; basketball fans were making fun of me. … I was supposed to be joyful and free, but what I experienced was the opposite. I had no joy, and I felt no freedom.”
“The one thing I learned was how empty fame and worldly success really are. … The desire for success never stopped,” Lin said. “If the voice that you listen to the most isn’t God’s voice, then eventually you will experience that emptiness, confusion and misery that I felt when I listened to the voice of Linsanity.”
This offseason has been an interesting one for Lin. On one hand, the Rockets acquired Dwight Howard to become a legitimate contender in the Western Conference. On the other hand, Lin’s name surfaced in trade rumors.
However, Daryl Morey recently defended Lin on reddit, suggesting that he won’t be dealt anytime soon.
“It is amazing to me that all the time I encounter people feeling negative about Jeremy’s season with us,” Morey wrote. “I have chalked this up to: he started off slow, mostly do to getting 100 percent back from injury; very high, unrealistic expectations after his time in New York; had a rough ending in the playoffs, again due to injury; people generally remember starts & ends more than anything else; people generally compare things to their expectations when forming opinions versus look at the big picture.”
“Last year was Jeremy’s 1st full year in the league, essentially his rookie year,” Morey continued. “If last season would have been his rookie year and he never would have played in New York, right now people would be appropriately talking about him incessantly as one of the top young rookie stars in the league. He was the starting point guard on a playoff team in West at age 24!!! Don’t get me started on this. Too late…”
Entering the 2013-14 season, expectations won’t be quite as high for the young point guard, but Houston will need Lin to play well and fill his role if they want to reach their full potential.
Report: Allen Iverson to Officially Retire
Allen Iverson hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since 2010 and hasn’t played professionally since his 2011 stint in Turkey, but he continued to hold out hope that he’d resume his playing career. When he would speak publicly, he’d make it clear that he still wanted to play basketball and was just waiting for an opportunity.
Now, it appears Iverson has accepted that his career is over. The 38-year-old will announce his retirement in the coming days, according to a report by SLAM Magazine.
“He loves his fans more than anyone,” a source close to Iverson told SLAM. “He loves how they ask for his return constantly, on the streets and on the internet. But now that they know it’s not happening, he can just focus on his future endeavors.”
Over the course of his 13-year career, Iverson averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 2.2 steals. His individual accolades include a regular season MVP award, four scoring titles and 11 All-Star appearances.
“He might be the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen,” Iverson’s former head coach Larry Brown told SLAM. “I don’t think there’ll be another one like him. I’m sure we faced a lot of obstacles, maybe even on a daily basis, but when it came time to play, to try to win a game, he tried to play as hard as he could for his coach.”
“He deserves better,” Brown added. “I wish he could’ve went out on his own terms, at his own time.”