|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 19, 2012 at 6:30 AM|
ESPN loves to talk Lakers, and Lebron James. So why not push the topic if your ESPN.
Responding to an ESPN.com report on Thursday that teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers already are plotting for the next time he potentially can become a free agent, James said his only focus is on helping the Heat defend their title.
"I'm here, and this is what it's all about," James said after the Heat's 105-78 preseason win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. "I'm preparing for this season, preparing to defend our title and that's it. This is where ... I'm here now."
James, along with teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, each signed contracts as free agents in 2010 that allows them to opt out of those deals after the 2013-14 season or remain with the Heat for two additional seasons.
Multiple NBA executives told ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst that they believed the Lakers could be in the running to pursue James, and could potentially have the salary-cap space to offer James a maximum deal should Kobe Bryant follow through with his plans toretire when his contract ends after two more seasons.
James in a Lakers uniform with Howard is just sick. I mean sick, not cool sick. Why's ESPN doing this? Why must they report crap like this. Let James sit down in Miami. Let him worry about Wade's knees breaking down in a year or two.
The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency says the NBA's anti-doping program is insufficient.
"They've got gaps in their program, between what they do and what we suggest would be better," David Howman said.
"They know what we would suggest," added Howman, who calls for the NBA to test for human growth hormone, among other things. "And I would just hope that they would be discussing all of those things rather than just putting them on the side table."
The NBA declined comment.
I see this being an issue soon. I don't know if players are taking advantage of it, or abusing it, and in basketball I don't know how it even helps.