Thursday , Nov , 15 , 2007 Oly Sandor

LeBron James Doesn’t Want Stephon Marbury On Cleveland Cavaliers

Lately, he’s been holding court with reporters like a franchise star should. On Wednesday, James made a strong anti-Marbury statement, ending any interest Cleveland would have in the controversial point guard …

Remember when LeBron James was a shy teenager, who avoided the spotlight? After all, his former agents, the Goodwin brothers, used to keep him hidden from reporters.

The cloak-and-dagger approach ended when James let the Goodwins go and hired three friends to manage his business empire. Over the last few years, he’s become more of a public figure, acting in commercials and singing on award shows.

 

Lately, he’s been holding court with reporters like a franchise star should. On Wednesday, James made a strong anti-Marbury statement, ending any interest Cleveland would have in the controversial point guard.

‘I couldn’t have a guy like that (Marbury) on my team,” James told Bob Finnan of the Morning Journal.

The superstar made these comments for both personal and professional reasons. James and Marbury don’t like each other. Last summer, they exchanged insults about each other’s signature sneaker. And the two avoid each other in public.

Fair or not, James also believes Marbury would upset the Cavaliers’ chemistry. Starbury created problems in Minnesota, New Jersey, Phoenix, and New York, so why  would Cleveland be different?

I appreciate James stepping-up and speaking his mind. He probably watched Tim Duncan lead San Antonio in last year’s NBA Finals and wants to establish the same professional environment in Cleveland.

Marbury, walking out on the Knicks and threatening to blackmail Isiah Thomas, is anything but professional.

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