The Overreaction Begins: Stephen A. Smith Says LeBron Could Leave Cleveland Again
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 1-2 after getting blown out by the Portland Trail Blazers last night. LeBron James, the hometown hero whose return to Cleveland was arguably the most historic thing to ever happen, was held to 11 points and has looked lethargic and disinterested in the early going. Emphasis on "early."
The Cavs haven't won a championship yet, nor do all the pieces appear to be gelling perfectly through 144 minutes, nor has fellow Rich Paul-client Tristan Thompson been signed to a long-term deal -- therefore, it's time to start talking about LeBron leaving Cleveland, again. Right, Stephen A. Smith?
In today's opening segment on First Take, Smith pivoted a discussion about the Cavs' early struggles with this doozy:
"I was hearing it before he arrived in Cleveland, I've heard it since he arrived in Cleveland... this notion, that there is no way in hell that LeBron James would ever leave Cleveland again? That would be a grave mistake for anybody to make. He would leave again. Don't you doubt it."
It was so out of the blue, even Skip Bayless was shocked. Smith spends the rest of the clip "clarifying" that statement (some might say backtracking) by saying the Cavs can't rely on nostalgia and the hometown factor to keep LeBron -- they have to keep improving. Watch:
Guys. It's three fucking games into the season. LeBron has two more years left on a deal he signed specifically because he wanted more money after the league agrees to a new CBA. He's committed for the long-haul, or so he says. And even if he isn't... it's just too early for this talk. Smith planted his flag on the moon that is "LeBron leaves Cleveland again." Good for him. Doesn't mean anyone else needs to visit said moon anytime soon.
Speaking of which, Skip's Martian analogy was pretty amazing.
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