Lebron James Dismisses Rumors Linking Him To Warriors


"It's a discredit to my teammates and the coaching staff here."


Lebron James has come out to address the frivolous stories connecting him with a switch to Golden State Warriors this summer. The three-time NBA champion calls the report "nonsense" and a "non-story."

"The first thing I did I started laughing, actually," James said "And then I thought about it I think it's doing [a disservice], it's nonsense, and it's a non-story."



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"I think it's a discredit to what I'm trying to do here. It's a discredit to my teammates and the coaching staff here. My only focus right now is trying to figure out how we can become a championship-caliber team in these next few months. It's been so many stories about me in the last few months, in the last few days, about where I'm going and where I'm at and what place I'm in. I'm here, I'm right here, I'm right now and this is my present and this is where I'm at. If you don't hear something coming from my voice, then it's not true."


James made it clear to the media that any information about his career that doesn't come directly from him, is false.

"I don't give a damn how close they are [as a source], I don't care if it's my kids, or my wife or whatever," he said. "If it's not from me, it's not true, so. Not even like upset right now about it. I think it's just a discredit to my teammates because I'm the leader of these guys and for them to have to hear that stuff every single day about my free agency, I apologize to them. I will handle my summer situation when my summer gets here, and I will not handle it now."



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While others are quick to take to social media to speak on these matters, James took his time and waited for the Friday press conference so he can address the rumors head on.

"I wanted to see you all face to face so I let you all know how sincere I am instead of getting on Twitter or getting on Instagram, then you know how real this is right now," he explained. "Like, this is my focus. Nothing else is stopping me from trying to get this team back to the Finals."

James could become a free agent for the fifth time in his 15-year career if he chooses to opt out of his $35.7 million contract with the Cavs this July. According to a ESPN source, James has full admiration for the warriors, but won't take the risk of joining them for fear of being labeled a ring chaser. 

The four-time MVP reiterates one more time for those at the back, that Golden State is a non-story, and says his main focus right now is competing for a championship.

"I've never let anything on the outside get in the way of what I'm trying to accomplish. So, I know the sound bite will be broken up and cut and however you guys want to cut it up, but the Golden State conversation is a non-story, all the other conversations is a non-story. My focus right now is on this team and trying to figure out how we can get back to a fourth NBA Finals and compete for a championship."

In 2010 the 33-year old left Cleveland for Miami. In 2014 he left Miami after wining two rings, and returned back to Cleveland where he won his third championship in 2016.

When asked if he thought the speculations came from his own camp, James replied,

"I don't need to, and it didn't, and I don't think it did and even if ... it could be ... I know how it works. I know exactly how it works. There's 30 teams right now that at the end of the day probably want to sit down with me at the end of the season, right? Correct. It's so easy to make a story out of that. I mean I could write a story today and say, 'OK, well Sacramento is trying to, would love to pitch LeBron.' But the fact when it comes that LeBron is willing to sit down, I saw that part? LeBron never said that, and I don't like even saying that it feels like ... I ain't never said that. I never said I would sit down with Golden State or sit down with anybody."


"The only thing that bothers me is that people get to go on talk shows and discredit what I'm doing, saying, 'Well, if he does this then this is the worst thing,' 'If he's engaging in that then it tarnishes his legacy.' Like, that's what bothers me because I have no control over that. I'm not even involved in that so what I can control is how I prepare myself everyday with this group of guys, what I cannot control is these stories that come out. But what I will not allow is for people to kind of use my name -- as we already know they do -- for something that is a non-story. The Golden state thing is a non-story."



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James said the story won't be disruptive to his teammates because "they hear it all the time." 
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