Tag: LeBron James to Miami

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LeBron James apologizes for “The Decision”


LeBron James has said before that he regretted how “The Decision” went down, how it was perceived.

Wednesday night, after he was incredibly clutch, after he slayed some demons, after his Heat team knocked off the Boston Celtics, LeBron apologized for The Decision, as reported by Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

“I knew deep down in my heart, as much as I loved my teammates back in Cleveland and as much as I loved home, I knew it couldn’t do it by myself against that team,” James said.

“The way it panned out with all the friends and family and the fans back home, I apologize for the way it happened. I knew this opportunity was once in a lifetime. To be able to come down here and pair with two guys and this organization — in order for me to move on with my career, that team that we just defeated, we had to go through them.

At this point, an apology to Cleveland will fall on deaf ears there. Those that have hardened their hearts against him will not be swayed by this.

And a series between these Heat and the 2010 version of the Celtics that went to the finals may have been different (it certainly would have been a harder road).

Now, while sitting on top of the basketball world for a day, it’s easier for him to say this.

But he uttered the words. And he appears to mean them.

LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra have pregame meeting

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Officially, no air was cleared. We all know that’s what it was — a clear the air meeting — but officially no.

Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James had a 30-minute closed door meeting before the team’s game against the Wizards Monday, talking about their relationship and the team. And probably about having fun.

“I call these ‘healthy conflicts,'” Spoelstra said. “I truly believe these are good for a team. As long as you can survive these, it’ll make you stronger. It’ll make your bond stronger.”

“I think there’s frustration from everyone,” James said. “As far as me and Spo being frustrated with each other, I don’t think there is. I have Coach Spo’s back or whatever the case may be. This is who we have.

“If I have something to say to Coach Spo, I’m going to go to Coach Spo. If he has something to say to me, which he’s done, he’s going to come to me. It is nothing I’ll take behind his back. I’ve never done that, I will not do that.”

So it’s all puppies and rainbows in Miami. No problems here.

James also said the bump was nothing and he didn’t mean to do it. Right. Bottom line Pat Riley doesn’t want to come down out of the ivory tower and take over this team so LeBron and Spoelstra need to figure out how to get along and make it work.

So best to clear the air in a meeting. However you wish to define it.

LeBron could make more money in Miami than Cleveland – thank you state taxes


nba_james2_250.jpgLife in Miami is good. Warm weather all year around. Great beaches. Amazing clubs. Fantastic restaurants. Beautiful people. LeBron James has to be enticed by all that.

Plus he would make more money in Miami.

Yes, Cleveland can pay him more, for the first five years of the contract that comes to about $4 million more. But once you figure in state taxes, as Darren Rovell did at CNBC, Florida comes out on top because it doesn’t have any.

Playing in Cleveland, LeBron would face a state income tax of 5.925 percent, plus a Cleveland city tax of two percent.

Over the first five years of a new contract with Cleveland, James would give back $3,953,060 combined to the state and city for the 41 games each season he’d play at home. But James would have to pay none of that for home games in Miami since Florida doesn’t have an income tax.

Athletes have to pay income taxes to states that they play in on the road, so the games he’ll play away from home — whether he played for Cleveland or Miami — are essentially a wash. But there are, on average, 11 away games per season where James would have to pay Ohio and Cleveland taxes. Why? Because he has to pay when he plays in the six areas – Florida, Texas, Washington D.C., Illinois, Toronto and Tennessee – that have no jock taxes.

That’s another $1,061,128 he’ll have to pay in taxes that he wouldn’t have to pay in Miami.

That is about $5 million saved in state taxes the first five years, which is more than the $4 million more Cleveland can pay.

This ignores the sixth year, however. Cleveland, as the home team, can offer that sixth year and Miami can’t, and that one year would be more than $23 million. Factor that in and the numbers change.

But for the first five years of the deal, Miami gives you more take-home pay after taxes. Plus, beautiful people and beaches.