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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has insisted that he is committed to the franchise for the long-term despite audio being caught of his conversation with Dwyane Wade.
James missed his second straight game on Wednesday night with left knee soreness as the Cavs lost for the fourth time in five games with defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The 30-year-old conceded that his knee has been troubling him all year but he is dealing with it as he goes, however he reassured fans that it isn’t anything serious as he has had all the tests and everything has come back negative.
However, the bigger topic of discussion was the video of him talking to former teammate Dwayne Wade after their game on Christmas Day, where James can clearly be heard saying;
“We’re going to reunite again and do some bigger and better things, alright?” Some websites interpreted James prefacing that statement to Wade with the caveat, “If we aren’t better this year …” however the audio is muffled.
James stood by his words but he insisted that it wasn’t related to basketball and he made a point of saying that if he was thinking of going back to Miami, he would have told Wade in private and not in front of the cameras on the court.
“I’ve seen the clip just like you’ve seen the clip,” James said. “I don’t know exactly what I said at the beginning, either. I know I said, ‘We’ll get back together and do some bigger and better things,’ but it had nothing to do about basketball. I mean, if was going to tell him that, I’d tell him the night before. Come on, guys. I’m not stupid. I know I didn’t go to college but I’m not stupid. I wouldn’t say that on Christmas with a hundred cameras around. I would have told him the night before at his house.
“But, it’s just me so I get it. I get it. But it had nothing to do with leaving here and reuniting with him. It had everything to do with just talking about other things more than just basketball. Everybody gets so involved in basketball, our friendship, obviously, you guys know, is bigger than basketball. So, you know, our last four years couldn’t be bigger and better even if we did get back together. But, whatever. It’s crazy.”
The two-time NBA champion reaffirmed his commitment to Cleveland, but it hasn’t been a smooth start to life back in his home town as the Cavaliers currently sit fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 18-14 record.