We’ve entered peak LeBron James Free Agency Watch season. There’s a new report/rumor/rampant speculation every single day.
We have a new one today. The Cleveland Cavaliers star has reportedly admitted that he “does not like” a certain NBA city which is home to one of the teams believed to be in contention to land him.
Akron Beacon Journal sports columnist Marla Ridenour said during a recent appearance on ESPNLA 710 that she heard James say he’s not a fan of Houston.
Houston, of course, is home to the Rockets, who are reportedly one of the top contenders to land James this summer.
“I heard this from his own lips when we were in Houston this season, he does not like Houston as a city,” Ridenour said. “That would require him moving to a place that he’s not crazy about.”
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If James does not like a city, it seems doubtful that he’d want to relocate his family there.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, is clearly a place James is a fan of. He owns two homes in the area and spends a lot of his summers there.
James’ close friend and former teammate, Dwyane Wade, has said that he thinks the decision will come down to lifestyle.
“For me I don’t think it’s a basketball thing,” Wade said. “Obviously this year he’s shown he can get to the Finals no matter what the circumstances are. So I don’t really think for him the basketball decision is ‘Oh, let me go team up with three All-Stars.’ I think at this point in his life it’s more so of a lifestyle thing. Where is my family going to be the most comfortable at? Where am I going to be the happiest at? Because basketball-wise he’s so great, he can take along whoever.”
That’s a point for Los Angeles (and maybe Cleveland, too) and a negative for everyone else (especially Houston, apparently).