In what is going to be the biggest story over the next, say, 14 months, the LeBron James free agnecy saga, and questions to him regarding his happiness in Wine and Gold, have officially begun. While it is true that the topic came up alot before, now that we are set to begin the final year of LeBron's contract it is surely to be daily news all over the 'net.
Today's status report comes from ESPN.com, though different iterations are all over. The big news? LeBron James is still happy as a Cleveland Cavalier --
I'm great. I feel great about this situation that's going on," James said. "You want to continue to get better, that's all you can ask. We got better and I feel this team will be better next season. You don't want to take a step backward. I think we went forward from the Boston series [a Game 7 loss in the semis] last year."
"Hopefully we can go forward next year."
When asked about the possibility of signing an extension this summer, something that would shock the world(just LeBron's style, by the way), Lebron's answer was cryptic, just like always -
I don't know," James said when asked if he'll sign. "I haven't thought about it just yet. I'm just going to take time off from basketball and not think about contracts or the game period. I'll relax with my family we'll figure out once it comes from them."
Of course, the big story is the fact LeBron didn't shake hands with any Magic players, or speak to the media after the game. It will be blown out of proportion, so LeBron addressed it --
It's hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them," he said. "I'm a winner. It's not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you're not going to congratulate them. That doesn't make sense to me. I'm a competitor. That's what I do. It doesn't make sense for me to go over and shake somebody's hand."
The story mentions that LeBron sent Howard an email after the game.