What they’re saying
“It ultimately came down to where I feel like I can win the most and where I was going to be happy with my friends and family.” — LeBron James
“There’s magic in the number three.” — Wade
◾“Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” — Bosh on Twitter
◾“It’s bad, it’s not good. We’ll deal with it. It’s Cleveland, it’s typical Cleveland.” — Cleveland bar owner Frank Borally
◾“Cmon cavs fans don’t do that. That man went hard for y’all for 7 yrs. He doin what’s best for him burning his jersey is messed up.” — Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard on Twitter
◾“We are disappointed that LeBron James did not pick the New York Knicks, but we respect his decision.” — New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh
◾“We have a vision of a championship team and need to invest wisely and for the long term. Fortunately, we have more than one plan to reach success, and, as I have found in all areas of my business, that is key to achieving it.” — New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov
◾“All of us are ultimately going to take less money because we wanted to play alongside each other and we feel like we can be great together.” — James
◾“I remain convinced that this organization made the strongest of bids to acquire LeBron James during this free agency period.” — Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman
◾“They (the Cavaliers) had the best record in the league the last two seasons and didn’t make it out of the Eastern Conference. I can understand LeBron’s frustration.” — former player Reggie Miller on NBA TV
◾“In fairness, if I was 25 I’d try to win it by myself. Not technically by myself, but I would want to be the guy. … LeBron is never going to be the guy.” — former player Charles Barkley on NBA TV
The long good-bye: LeBron Bio
- Name: LeBron James
- Age: 25
- Birthdate: Dec. 30, 1984
- Hometown: Akron
- High school: St. Vincent-St. Mary
- JUNE 26, 2003: Drafted No. 1 overall by the Cavaliers after they won the draft lottery.
- OCT. 29, 2003: Made NBA debut, totaling 25 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals.
- JULY 18, 2006: Signed a three-year contract extension with the Cavs.
- MAY 13, 2010: Knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by the Boston Celtics.
- JULY 1, 2010: Became a free agent.
- JULY 8, 2010: Announced on ESPN during an hourlong special he would sign a five-year contract with the Miami Heat.
- POINTS: 29.7
- REBOUNDS: 7.3
- ASSISTS: 8.6
- BLOCKS: 1.0 FIELD-GOAL %: .503
- POINTS: 27.8
- REBOUNDS: 7.0
- ASSISTS: 7.0
- BLOCKS: 0.9
- FIELD-GOAL %: .475
Place in Cavaliers history
He’s the all-time leader in numerous categories, including:
- SCORING — 27.8 (World B. Free is second, 23.0)
- POINTS — 15,251 (Zydrunas Ilgauskas, 10,616) STEALS — 955 (Mark Price, 734)
- MINUTES — 22,119 (Ilgauskas, 21,823)
NOTE: He’s fourth in rebounds, second in assists, fourth in blocks and tied for seventh in games (548).