LeBron James: 'I Am Unrecruitable' in Free Agency

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2014

Feb 14, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward LeBron James during the 2014 NBA All Star game Player Press Conferences at New Orleans Hyatt. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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NBA teams might as well stop trying to think of pitches that will bring LeBron James to their home arenas. Even if he opts out of his contract with the Miami Heat at the end of the 2013-14 season, choosing free agency over another year with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, it'll be rather difficult to recruit him. 

Impossible, in fact. 

That's what King James told the media while preparing for the All-Star Game in New Orleans. Of course, a little bit more context will help clear things up: 

Ah, that makes more sense. 

It's hard to imagine LeBron going to the Toronto Raptors, regardless of any pitch that Drake makes. While Toronto is a huge market, it's not exactly one of the more prestigious locations in the NBA, nor is it a site that could help him add to his growing championship total. 

Of course, that's not all he meant.

LeBron wasn't just referring to the Raptors, or else he probably would've been more specific. For that reason, we can fill in the rest of the quote. 

As many fans have been apt to do on Twitter, you could say that he's unrecruitable...unless it's by Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley. However, there's a less funny but more logical interpretation as well. 

Jun 20, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James holds the MVP trophy and the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy after defeating the San Antonio Spurs in game seven in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat won 95-88
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Earlier in his career, the reigning MVP may have needed recruiting pitches in order to figure out what organization was best suited to maximize his talents. Which systems worked best for him? What group of players could complement his skills to the greatest extent? Which coaching staff would squeeze everything possible out of his athletic abilities? 

But now, he's got it figured out.

As Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel wrote, "The difference this time around is James is now a two-time defending NBA champion, with the Heat having won titles in 2012 and 2013, advancing to the NBA Finals in each of James' three seasons in South Florida."

LeBron knows what's best for LeBron. He no longer needs help understanding which situations are beneficial or detrimental to his chances of winning a championship. 

Either that or he just hates the Raptors. Believe what you will.