Friday , Jan , 15 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

John Lucas: Cavs Tanked for LeBron James

John Lucas and LeBron James will be involved in the same NBA game Saturday at the Staples Center. For Lucas, it’s 6 ½ years too late.

During the 2002-03 season, Lucas was coach of the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers. He believes team brass had a mission to lose enough games to get a shot at James, then a hot-shot senior 40 miles down the road at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio.

"They trade all our guys away and we go real young, and the goal was to get LeBron and also to sell the team,” Lucas said in an interview with FanHouse. "I didn’t have a chance. … You can’t fault the Cavaliers for wanting to get LeBron. It was hard to get free agents to come there.”