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The latest on LeBron's meeting with Pat Riley

A quick update on what we're now fondly calling the "Decision in the Desert..."

—The meeting between LeBron James and the Heat will take place at 3 p.m. Las Vegas time today, the Herald has confirmed.

—Can also confirm that only Pat Riley, LeBron and agent Rich Paul will be in the room for that meeting. I was previously told Spoelstra would be there, but that is incorrect.

—I don't have an initial read or anything to report on how LeBron and his team are reacting to the Cavs' moves this morning.

Some other things ...

—The Cavaliers clearly think they have a legitimate shot at signing LeBron. Cleveland pushed their agenda hard on Wednesday morning with news of a three-team trade. That big news was followed by circulating Internet rumors of the Cavs contacting some of LeBron's closest friends: Ray Allen, James Jones and Mike Miller. Allen, Jones and James recently went on vacation together in the Bahamas. ESPN.com dropped those nuggets.

—LeBron posted this to Instagram on Wednesday before the meeting...

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—Norris Cole is clearly concerned about everything happening in Vegas...

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Look, Riley needs to be frank with Lebron. Are you returning or going? We cannot continue to be strung along, because for those of us do not remember, the Heat only have 3 players under contract and need to fill 12 other spots. There are some good young RFA's out there, like Bledsoe and Parsons that the Heat can extend lucrative offer sheets to if Lebron is leaving. I hope that he comes back, because I would like another crack at the Spurs, but if not, Riley has proven that he can rebuild this roster, as this could potentially be the 4th or 5th rebuild in his tenure.

I think it seems pretty clear what Riley's pitch to LeBron wil be. Who do you want, Melo or Bosh?

He's going home...end of story.

HAHA.. Melo or Bosh.. thats the story..

I still think Lebron will be returning home.. but my question is, what are the Heats options if Lebron does leave? Have another 15 game winning season, and rebuild next year? Do they try to go after K. Love or try to shake free another star?

That is the story noone seems to be telling. Bosh will be alright. He will go to Houston, a contending team with a max contract. LeBron can now play with Melo...when will the next opportunity be? Heat have the most cap space right now to make that move.

Too much smoke fellas. I've come to terms with it, as it appears that he is returning to Cleveland. This is really odd though that he would hang out and party with Wade the other night like nothing. Also, the fact that Wade opted out of millions in guaranteed money. If he does resign with the Cavs, which it sounds like a given, what will his reception in Mia be when he returns? That is going to be interesting. Regardless, Riley needs to come out of that meeting and start making some calls to the Agents for some of these young and talented RFA's. Look, it was one hell of a ride and we won two more championships, giving us 3 since 2006. I'm a diehard of this team since its inception and that will not change. Maybe we can out together another playoff team and have a shot at them in the playoffs? Go Heat!!

HEAT Will return to be losers, along with Dolphins.

Not a sports town now!

hey the Dolphins will be good

Jesus, some of you "guys" sound like defeated little kids. "It ain't over till the fat lady sings". MIA are still leading contenders to resign LeBron. Do you think Riley would draft Napier and LeBron would leave D. Wade out to dry? A lot of smoke screening going on. Keep the faith.

if LeBron were done deal to Cleveland, Melo would have signed somewhere already. He is waiting on LeBron for a reason.

make a decision. having lebron does not guarantee wins. ask cleveland or the spurs. he is just one guy. if he goes he goes. i think they are all over paid anyways. the heat can draft some good players and probably make the playoffs in the east. after treating him well and giving this guy the key to the city I think the fans deserve some honesty. just say it, stay or leave. this is not so damn important in the realm of life.

People please understand this charade was necessary because some GMs and front office personnel on other teams were murmuring about some sort of collusion. This gives all parties involved some cover because it looks like Lebron has definitely shopped around. You see where there is a report out that Melo is staying in New York. What a surprise, he is staying with the team that can pay him the most money.

Stupid stupid stupid

How is it a given that LB is going to Cleveland? Because the meida think so?

They never thought he would leave

R-E-M-E-M-B-E-R

They are never right

Oh bought now they are thats what you want to convince us all of?


LeBron is just one player, and although a great player, the Spurs have shown that carefully filling out the roster can yield great rewards. Anyway, I can practically guarantee you that he will be with Miami for at least two more years, and hold an opt when there is a new CBA and Cleveland's young players are more developed. It takes a lot more than raw talent to win an NBA championship. The Heat were merely burnt out this time around. If LeBron has any sense, he will stick with a winning formula instead of gambling on youth - again.

The whole charade is baffling to me. LeBron, your agent should be sincere enough to let you know that you cannot win in Cleveland with neither the current roster nor the veterans you are trying to recruit to move with you (if this is true). I repeat, winning in this league is as tough as anything you can imagine. The Spurs I saw in this post season is real. It took a load of patience and fortitude for Duncan and his men to develop into a formidable team they have become today. No matter where LeBron goes tomorrow, the championship will remain in San Antonio next year unless Doc Rivers and his Clippers pry it away from them. A realistic plan is for 2016-2017.

no word yet means bad for Miami and good for CLE

Le Le Bron go and let get others while their is still time like Pau Gasol, Ariza, and Deng end of story, but don't get got up on this hostage game his playing, listen send a clear message are u with us or go back to that phony management.

From ESPN..

"No decision has been made on The Decision II -- yet.

Sources close to LeBron James told ESPN.com's Chris Broussard on Wednesday night that "no decision has been made yet" and won't be made until Thursday at the earliest on where James will play next season.

James met with Heat president Pat Riley in Las Vegas earlier on Wednesday. The meeting lasted about an hour, sources told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne. Those sources also confirmed that James had not yet made a decision."

I hope Riley called out Lebron for being the narcissistic egomaniac that he is and told him and his homies that they can pack up and head back to Cleveland and pick up where they left off. BEING A BUNCH OF LOSERS!!! Lebron was a joke before he came here and he will be one when he leaves here. People are always comparing him to Jordan but in reality he can't compare to Magic, Bird, Kareem, Hakeem etc. As soon as the going gets tough Lebron gets going!!!

who cares,move on..

Breaking news lebron seen shopping for house in cleveland area. Face heat fans lebron is gone good redents you bitch

I was not a huge fan of LeBron prior to "the decision" 4 years back. I grew to love him as a player and I thought as a person. I believed he had grown, become a student of the great game..etc. I knew the day would come where he would return to Cleveland, or maybe not. What I come to realize is that I was wrong. We can no longer blame his 'handlers' for allowing himself to create nearly the identical situation as 4 years back but this time, to me, it's worse. It's worse because the factors were known to leBron weeks ago. 4 year max from any NBA team or 5 year max from Miami, or decide to do a 2-3 year max money shorter gig with Miami. The entire free agent market is affected by this decision that should have already been made by him. Is he a mercenary? Simply a man for hire that wants guarantees that management will surround him with what he deems acceptable? Is there any loyalty anywhere?? If you miss Cleveland and want to raise your family there, than freaking go...it's cool. If not, than stay here..if you are already considering other options I have no respect for you. Everyone wants to win, no one more than MJ and he would NEVER have pulled this kind of self serving crap. I am over it. I actually want him to go so we can offer Bosh a contract and use the LB money to plug 2-3 more holes..Thanks for the two rings, take your dog and ponie show back to Cleveland.

more smoke...Carmelo also undecided. Looks like they are timing decision together. Still say both to Heat

How can he be seen shopping for a house in Cleveland when he has been in Vegas? Stop the madness!!

Heat fan since moving to Naples 15 years ago. Basketball fan since U of MN days in late 60's. Stars come and go but great organizations put together teams that win championships. Heat have been to the finals 6 out of the last 9 years. Won 3 titles. Riley has put together two groups that made championship runs. If LBJ and his entourage are not smart enough to recognize this then they should return home to Akron and choke down Dan Gilbert's comments. For all the talk of passing the baton, the Heat are and always will be Wade's team. Drafted by, stayed during hard times, made sacrifices, and played them into a championship dynasty. LeBron obviously wants to be that face of a championship organization - think Kobe & Lakers, Duncan & Spurs, Dirk & Mavericks, Durant & Thunder - but he's already showed us that personal ego triumphs over loyalty.

If LeBron was my son I would advise him to follow his onw mind and heart. After all, he is the one who will have to live with it the most. As a fan, all I want to say, even at this point, is Thanks For the Memories," most of which were very plesant!

What is really sad thinking about is that the Heat could soon be as bad as the Dolphins, Marlins and the Hockey club, I can't even remember what we call them!

It certainly is not the end of the world if he leaves or the dawning of another championship run if he stays. There are many other important pieces to the puzzle.

All of the drama and hand wringing is actually pretty lame. Basketball is not a very important part of society. There are lots of really relevant problems that the whole country faces. Let the vain ones preen and pose, but in the end it really means nothing in the overall scope of things.

sorry to disappoint you, but he's gone. what else does he have to accomplish in miami? It's a team filled with aging players(wade included). Give it 10 to 15 years and the heat should be relevant again. The question you guys should be asking yourself is if he's going to wear #23 or #6 in cleveland so you can preorder your jersey.

I will never dislike or hate LeBron James no matter what his decision. He brought so much joy to me and South Florida Sports fans the last 4 years. He is our adopted Son and a tremendous South Florida Sports icon forever!

So much for everything going according to plan.

Riley did say in his dud of a press conference recently - "these guys knew what they were getting into"...that goes to a lot of places.

This has really turned into one hot mess.

Decision is not really that hard. Stick with an organization that has won multiple titles and whose leader has won even more. Go back to Cleveland to an organization that has won nothing with a coach who has never coached an NBA game (not even as an assistant). If he leaves, however, I will still be thankful for the incredible four years he has given us. Go Heat.

Uh Oh.... Chris Sheridan says it's ALL OVER. James is headed to the Cavs. I guess that means Bosh to the Rockets as well. On the bright side, there IS Napier, and there will be a TON of empty seats to choose from.

Sheridan is a hack. That guy would say or do anything for hits on his site. Why is he the only one throwing that out there? I would like to see his pre Lebron free agency hits, vs his current hits. While he may be right, he will look like a complete and utter buffon if he is wrong. Unfortunately in journalism, there is no accountability anymore. Anyone can say anything nowadays and not reap the consequences. If Lebron stays, he'll come out and blame his "sources" and move on.

I believe that both Chris Broussard and Steven A Smith are reporting the same. Do you know what NOBODY is reporting, and that includes Windhorst? They aren't reporting that James is returning to Miami. Why do you suppose that that is?

LBJ can make up his own mind, he played out his contract. I hope he stays in MIAMI, with Wade and CB and 'most' of the rest of the roster, but it's his call.

Has broken down old ass Wade played in more games the last two years then Kyrie Irving?

Did Doc Rivers get outcoached in the playoffs? How about Thibedou? How about the OKC coach? Did Pop get outcoached last year in the finals?

Has broken down old ass Wade played in more regular season games the last two years then Kyrie Irving? No, he hasn't.

Did Pop get outcoached last year? No, he didn't.

Did Spoelstra get outcoached this season? Oh YEAH, he most certainly DID.

I hope this helps you.

Kyrie has played 130 regular season games (playoff games? yeah, right) the last two years.

For his career, he has averaged 60 games a year.

Broke ass Wade played in 123 regular season games the last two years, with many of those games missed being games he was held out of, but could have played. Uh, playoff and championship games, you know, the ones that count, yep, got those in too.

For his career, he is averaging 65 games a year.

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Just curious Mr. Hall, whenever a team loses, how do you determine whether it was the coaches fault or the players fault? You probably have some kind of keen insight into their practices and game plans that the rest of us don't, so please enlighten us.

Why is it that Pop, and I'm assuming everybody's favorite Doc Rivers and Scotty Brooks and Rick Carlisle and Tom Thibedeau as well, never get outcoached, but SPO - and by extension, although nobody ever throws stones at Bob Macadoo - is always the reason we lost?

When I asked who played more games the last two years, you wanted to add 'regular' season games as a quantifier. That a way to play the word game.

Add up the regular season and playoff and championship games and get back with me. I think they would count in just about every category imaginable.

Hope this helps you.....

So, you've got Wade on a death spiral as far as games played and Irving on the incline. Yep, advantage Irving and the Cavs.

How do I determine if a coach got out coached in a series? I do in fact have many keen insights that I use for this, but none of them are needed in this case. In Miami's four losses the lost the first game by 15, the second game by 19, the third game by 21 and the fourth game by 17. That fourth game could have been worse, but the Spurs called off the doga at the end. That's four games by a total of 72 points, or an average of 18 points per loss. More telling is that each victory, except for the last, was by more than the previous one. Despite having "The Big 3," Spoelstra lost by ever widening margins. He didn't just get out coached, he got his butt handed to him.

I hope you found this educational. It was my pleasure to try and shine the light of intelligence on the black hole of your ignorance.

Might be overstating my black hole of ignorance a bit, but I'll let you have your keyboard toughness.

First off, the Spurs were going to beat any team in the league those last three games. (game 1 being the anomaly with the temperature in the building and the fact that the Heat were ahead - on the road - in the fourth quarter, when LBJ went out of the game). Just like last year, I think the Heat team of 2012-2013 was one of the best teams ever - and when they beat Pop and the Spurs, and when they beat Pop and the Spurs (one more time) and when they beat Pop and the Spurs, I'm not sure that means that Pop was outcoached.

I'm sure from your vast time spent coaching many levels of basketball, you do know that each game there is one team with more talent than the other. Sometimes it's a wide margin, sometimes it's minimal, but rarely are two teams matched equally in talent. Now the most talented doesn't always win (Georgetown v Villanova 1985).

Everybody seems to want to judge the whole Heat team and Heat season on the last week. Damn, we had a great year, near the top of the league in regular season wins, blew through mj's bobcats, and jay z's nets (...'between me doing crack sales, and him doing heroin....'), taking down the big bad pacers (without greg oden) and kicking their ass in the close out game for the second year in a row (SPO outcoach Vogel?), and then running into the buzzsaw Spurs, we had a great year! Look at all the coaches - just based on point totals of wins - that SPO outcoached. Throw in a couple of series wins over Doc in Boston, hmmm, I like SPO's resume.

But you don't like SPO (probably never did), although the players seems to gravitate to him, so I'm calling you a racist, because SPO isn't caucasian. Hey, it seems to be the mantra on the big stage, why won't it work here.

SPO's resume may get him into the HOF, and you and your Beasley-loving boys are destined to be outsiders, looking in.

Clueless in MIAMI

If you like Spoelstra's resume you must LOVE Mike Brown's. Last season, Miami should have lost as well. If not for a ridiculously lucky shot by Ray Allen, his record would be 1-3 in the finals.

Getting down to coaching specifics, the purpose of a coach is to make tactical decisions that alter the course of the game. Choices that accentuate your squads strengths and cover up for their weaknesses. You don't have to win to be the better coach, but you should be able to demonstrate that you could effectively adjust your tactics between games AND during games to give your team a better chance at success. Spoelstra demonstrated he couldn't coach a grade school squad effectively. He has built his reputation solely based on the talent he had at hand. Let's see what he does if James and Bosh both leave. Let's see how he coaches when his team is actually less talented than a majority of the Eastern Conference. The fact is, he IS Clueless in MIAMI, and everywhere else for that matter.

Thanks, this was fun.

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;
As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:

"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'KING' WINS ONE"

You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our "motivation" to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that's simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown "chosen one" sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And "who" we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called "curse" on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former "King" will be taking the "curse" with him down south. And until he does "right" by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day....

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue....

Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers

Really LeBron!!
You know this sounds very similar to a Donald Sterling rant without the race card tossed in. Don't place winning at all costs above integrity. Tell Dan Gilbert to again, "Take a hike"! Miami is home now!

Seriously? Riley created the ring chasing monster, which is what brought him to Miami, which made you VERY happy, but now that the tables have turned you expect, no, demand that he show the integrity and loyalty to Miami that he NEVER showed to Cleveland? That's HILARIOUS. Look on the bright side, for the half dozen or so ACTUAL basketball fans in Miami, there should be a TON of good seats available for the foreseeable future.

Montgomery Hall your point is brutal but valid. I have nothing but love for LeBron but 1st and foremost, I am a Miami guy!
I was just doing my part to help sway him to stay--if that's even possible---True Miami has lots of lukewarm fans, however, I am not one of them. If he does go back to Cleveland, which I could never again play for Dan Gilbert--I hope he makes Gilbert kneel and kiss his feet. Hall you know nobody likes losing a fight!

Well Monty Hall - let's make a deal.

Behind door number 1 is the fact that EVERY GM / NBA PRESIDENT should be trying to create 'ring chasing monsters', that's what they are in the business to do, jeez, win championships. Now you are blaming Riley for doing his job, and doing it doing it doing it well(thsnks LL)?

Behind door number 2. LBJ should not be looked down upon for not continuing to work in his home state. Been down this road before, Kobe is from Philly, mj is from Carolina, Gary Payton was from Oakland, Shaq from Texas, Magic from Michigan, Bird from Indiana - they weren't vilified for working outside of their state, why is Lebron?

Behind door number 3. You have ZERO knowledge of what the Heat game plan was prior to any game this year, and/or what adjustments were made in games. You have ZERO ability to discern what didn't work because the strategy was flawed or because the players didn't execute said strategy. You were at exactly ZERO Heat practices to know what they stressed to compare it with what actually happened on the court. But stay with your mantra. Like one leader once said, (and I'm paraphrasing here), "If I like my talking point, I can keep my talking point". Yep, and ISIS didn't recover any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, either. Damn the facts, keep blinding pushing ahead with your ignorance.

The fact is, there are a lot of teams every year with talented rosters, but only one team in the last 30 years has been to 4 straight championship series, and it wasn't coached by Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, Greg Popovich, Larry Brown, Doc Rivers, Scotty Brooks, Avery Johnson, Doug Collins, Rick Carlisle, Frank Vogel, or any other 'top' coach. The coach that achieved that was SPO, and he did it with a talented VETERAN roster.

Idiots can't have it both ways. You can't say the Heat roster is old and needs massive overhaul, without conceding the fact that SPO coached that very same old ass broken down roster to 4 straight championship series. And if you want to $hit on SPO's abilities than you got to concede the old ass broken down roster carried SPO to 4 straight championship series.

Stupid is what stupid does.

eyeballtwo, nicely stated. GO HEAT with or without LBJ! Lets just decide and move on with life, this is ridiculous.

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