In a recent interview with Esquire, Chris Rock explains why LeBron James left.
SCOTT RAAB: I’m writing a book about LeBron. I’m a Cleveland guy. I’m mad at him.
CHRIS ROCK: I don’t even see what the big story is. The owner’s an idiot. Why is the owner an idiot? I said it on television — you can look it up. I was at a Lakers game — they were probably playing the Knicks. It was on TNT, and Kenny and Mark Jackson and whoever interviewed me on the sidelines, they asked me about LeBron. I said, “They should trade him.” I said it, on national television.
SR: We thought he was coming back, Chris.
CR: I said you should trade him. I said any owner, any big-ego owner would take this shot. You could’ve got any player — you literally could’ve got Kobe Bryant. You could’ve got any player you wanted. You could’ve gotten literally any player outside of Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard. Any player. You could’ve got any two or three players you liked. I said this on national television. You could look it up — you’re a writer.
I said that in the middle of the season. The day the season was over, I was doing press for Grown Ups, the movie I did with Sandler. They asked me again: “Where’s LeBron going? What’s going to happen?” I said, “Well, if he’s going to Cleveland, you will know within 24 hours, but if Pat Riley gets him in a room, it’s all over.”
SR: We thought he was coming back.
CR: Why would you think he’s coming back? People move from Cleveland to Miami every f—ing day. They don’t move from Miami to Cleveland.
SR: Because of his mother. Because of Gloria.
CR: Well, guess where his mother’s living right now. In f—ing Miami. I saw that coming a mile away. Are you kidding me? He’s not signing his extension? Trade him right now.
SR: He signed for the three years. They all did — he and Bosh and Wade.
CR: He didn’t realize it? He’s an idiot — the owner’s an idiot. You’re in Cleveland, dude….
SR: I’ve been down there three times — I get the part about, it’s beautiful, the women are unbelievable.
CR: It’s Miami. Dude, they’re on the fucking beach right now.
SR: He tweeted that he was up watching Poetic Justice this morning.
CR: Dude, they’re on the beach right now, in fucking sandals. And by the way, most people from Cleveland would do the exact same thing — would move to Miami at the drop — dude, I’m 45, I’m tired of the fucking winter.
There you have it. It’s not about winning multiple championships. It’s about beautiful beaches and beautiful women. LeBron wanted to live out HBO’s Entourage in Miami. Who could blame him. Well except Cleveland and folks in Ohio.