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LeBron James interview: Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert gave him 'motivation' - ESPN

And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us. ... So we didn't actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There's a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day.

This is an excerpt from a GQ interview with LeBron. Of course, I don't agree with his method of leaving Cleveland (The Decision) but I never had an issue with him wanting to go somewhere else to play. It's a free country and he can go any where he wants. As we know loyalty is only skin deep when it comes to players and owners.

The above quote should give people some insight into LeBron's mind though as it relates to Cleveland and his true hometown Akron. I hear a lot of folks bash LeBron because he turned his back on his hometown. But that's simply not true because LeBron never considered Cleveland his hometown. A more closer to home example for me would be if someone from the East Bay called San Francisco their hometown. It ain't. Two different cities that might as well be separated by 100 or 1,000 miles than just 10 culturally speaking.

Shaq to Cleveland

Another trade just went down before the draft. Like the Jefferson to San Antonio trade, I think this is a one sided depending upon how you look at it. Cleveland basically got an upgrade at the center position (though not sure how Big Z and Shaq will split minutes) and Phoenix got a ton of cap relief. Wallace and Pavlovic are expected to be bought out so they won't play a minute for Phoenix.
The bigger implication is that Phoenix has pretty much given up on the 2009-2010 season. Reportedly Amare Stoudamire isn't happy and will probably be moved or else he walks away next season without any return for Phoenix. It'll be interesting to see where he lands. Good news for the Warriors as the Pacific just got a little weaker. They might just be the 2nd best team that division.

Some respite for poor Warrior's fans... At least we're not Clipper's fans.

To put the following quote in context, Bill Simmons of ESPN is writing about the Cavaliers-Clippers game yesterday.  This is a hillarious quote about the final shot of the game by Zach Randolph.

The fans are in disbelief. Randolph's teammates are in disbelief. Dunleavy is making a face that my friend Sal later describes as a face I have never seen a human being make before. What ensued in the next 20 seconds could best be described like this: Imagine being trapped in one of those big hospital elevators with eight other people. One of them pulls his pants down and just starts going to the bathroom -- not No. 1 but No. 2. At that specific moment, the doors open for the next floor. How fast would everyone else in the elevator flee for the door? Lightning-fast, right? Like, Usain Bolt-level fast, right? That was the entire stadium after Z-Bo's air ball. He basically took a dump on the 3-point line.

The entire article is a nice microcosm of what I think is probably one of the worst run franchises in the NBA (Golden State used to hold that title).  A great read for all basketball enthusiasts.