LeBron James and ‘nonsense’
By Rob Wolkenbrod
LeBron James called his rumored interest in the Golden State Warriors “nonsense.” That may apply to anything he’s linked to, even if it includes the San Antonio Spurs.
San Antonio Spurs fans may have raised an eyebrow at a recent report of the teams LeBron James will potentially listen to in free agency. The Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat were among the teams listed. However, according to NBA.com, James said the rumor of him having interest in joining the Warriors is “nonsense.”
There’s just under five long months before NBA Free Agency arrives on July 1. That’s when the speculation around James’ future will become justified. Otherwise, for the time being, it will be a rumor, a denial, and a repeat of the process. This will not end until the basketball world knows where he will play in the 2018-19 season, whether it’s for the Cavaliers, Heat, Spurs or Warriors, and should remain a topic of conversation during the 2018 NBA Finals, whether James’ team gets there or not.
By next month, we could hear of another team that James will “listen” to in the offseason. That may arrive as soon as the All-Star Break when teams receive over one week of downtime (unless you are involved in the All-Star Game festivities). It’s an opportune time for rumors to fly, especially with the NBA Trade Deadline on Feb. 8 and something needed to fill the gap.
“First thing I did was start laughing, actually. It’s nonsense and it’s a nonstory." @KingJames responds to storylines concerning the Warriors.
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— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 2, 2018
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Rumors will fly for the next five months, but until James makes “The Decision III,” it’s difficult to move in any direction. Two-plus months remain in the offseason, along with multiple rounds of the NBA Playoffs and the Finals — if LeBron makes it there — and the 2018 NBA Draft. Things will change by the day so, for now, everything that comes into public view may be “nonsense,” no matter how legitimate it truly is, since we must wait for an official word from him after the NBA’s new year starts on July 1.