C’mon, Prez. I mean, which is it? Chicago or Cleveland. Oh, I know — you just don’t want anybody mad at you.
President Obama told CNN on Thursday that it would be a terrific story if the basketball superstar stayed with the Cleveland Cavaliers instead of switching teams as a free agent.
“I’ll be honest with you, and my folks in Chicago may be mad at me for saying this, but I think it’d be a wonderful story if LeBron says, ‘You know what, I’m going to stay here in Cleveland,’” Obama told Larry King, according to a transcript provided by CNN.
“He’s from Ohio. That’s a town that has had some tough times. For him to say, ’I’m going to make a commitment to this city,’ you know, I think would be a wonderful thing.”
The president stuck to his point that James needs to find a winning situation with a good team and coach.
“He needs to be in a place where he’s got a coach and a team around him that can do what Phil Jackson and the Bulls did for Michael Jordan,” Obama said. “Michael Jordan couldn’t win a championship on his own. It’s all about having a team concept that works. He hasn’t quite gotten that yet and he needs to find that situation.”