LeBron James rubbishes Warriors rumour
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP):
To LeBron James, the Golden State Warriors are a highly respected rival nothing more.
Now and forever.
James strongly denounced a report that said he would consider playing for the Warriors if the NBA champions were able to restructure their roster to accommodate the four-time league MVP. On Thursday, ESPN, citing anonymous league sources, reported James would meet with the Warriors this summer if they cleared the salary-cap space to sign him, assuming he will opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and become a free agent
"It's nonsense, and it's a non-story," James said yesterday following the Cavaliers' practice. "I think it's a discredit to what I'm trying to do here. It's a discredit to my teammates and the coaching staff here.
My only focus right now is trying to figure out how we can become a championship-calibre team in these next few months. It's been so many stories about me in the last few months, in the last few days, about where I'm going and where I'm at and what place I'm in.
"I'm here, I'm right here, I'm right now and this is my present and this is where I'm at."
James said he awoke Thursday to an alert and messages on his phone about the report and "the first thing I did I started laughing, actually."
The 14-time All-Star said he soon became upset, however, knowing the damage that kind of story can cause. James was most bothered by his teammates having to wonder about his commitment in getting the Cavs back to a fourth straight NBA Finals.
While others can speculate about James' future intentions and how any move might tarnish his legacy, he made it clear that no one speaks for him.
"If you don't hear something coming from my voice, then it's not true," he said. "I don't give a damn how close they are, I don't care if it's my kids, or my wife or whatever. If it's not from me, it's not true."