LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He is still the best player in the league even if the Cavaliers aren't looking like title contenders right now. Whatever team LeBron James is on it's always his team. For example when he was with Miami he was running that team, not Erik Spoelstra. LeBron can be a whiner too whether he's not getting the ball enough playing time or doesn't want to be on the team anymore. When he shuts it down the whole team shuts it down. LeBron has an ego, but he has the championships to back him up and his play is so good it's hard not to admire him on the court.
LeBron plays his best in the postseason and if trades happen, especially big ones, they go through him like this past off season when Kyrie Irving went to the Celtics. There have also been rumors of LeBron wanting out of Cleveland, him not liking Kyrie Irving and messaging models on Instagram. These are the rumors you will read about in this article that the NBA doesn't want you to know. The NBA likes to protect their stars, as they are the driving force of the league, but here are some rumors you outta know. We advise you to take these rumors with a grain of salt, as none of these are verified facts, but rather bizarre rumors that have circulated regarding the King.
15 LEBRON WILL JOIN THE LAKERS NEXT OFFSEASON
LeBron James currently is in his final year of his contract with Cleveland. He can decline a $35.6 million option and become a free agent next July. At which at that point he will pick a team that can win a championship of course.
Rumors say LeBron is eyeing Los Angeles to be his next destination for a dream team. The Lakers already set a foundation by getting Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram. They still need star power though if they want to match Golden State. LeBron and Paul George have been the top names thrown around for possible targets to Los Angeles. The Lakers provide a great opportunity for LeBron to form his next dream team, as L.A. already is a prime spot for free agents and the King being there would entice just about anyone to join Title Town.
14 LEBRON'S ARTHUR INSTAGRAM POST: WAS IT MEANT FOR KYRIE IRVING?
The Celtics recently went on a tear with Kyrie Irving leading an impressive winning streak. After the Celtics won their ninth straight game last month Lebron James took to Instagram and posted a photo of the cartoon character Arthur clenching fist on his account. He wrote "Mood..." at the top of the picture. It has been rumored that Lebron meant that for Kyrie Irving who wanted to get out of Cleveland and have a fresh start with a new team away from King James.
The night James posted this, Irving dropped 35 points against the Atlanta Hawks in the 110-107 win and the Hawks beat the Cavs before they played the Celtics 117-115. It's possible LeBron could have just been frustrated over the team's loss to the cellar dwelling Hawks, but you know how rumors go.
13 LEBRON AND DAN GILBERT HAVE TENSION
This rumor started last January when a source told ESPN's Brian Windhorst that there is tension between LeBron and Dan Gilbert about the Cavaliers leadership. It is apparently centered around payroll. They both have different viewpoints on the issue and it's straining the relationship. When LeBron returned to the Cavs in 2014 he pressured Gilbert to spend on talent regardless of the luxury tax cost.
Gilbert agreed to do so at the time and tried to build a team of superstars around LeBron. The Cavs have spent more money than any other NBA team since 2014. Last season they were paying $127.16 million in salaries and $27 million in luxury taxes. With him not playing to full potential this season, the writing is on the wall he wants out.
12 KYRIE IRVING DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY FOR LEBRON JAMES
When the blockbuster trade happened that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics and Isaiah Thomas to the Cavs. Before that rumors started that Kyrie didn't even want to play for LeBron anymore because of his attitude and wanted a fresh start somewhere. Where he could build a championship team on his own. Even though LeBron took him to three straight NBA Finals, something just didn't sit right with Kyrie.
For Kyrie there was always drama with LeBron. One example was after a loss to the Jazz in the 2015-16 season. Irving finished the game with 34 points but he had zero assists. LeBron told Irving it was unacceptable to have a game with no assists. It never happened again but this season Kyrie has adapted well to the Celtics and they have the best record in the East while LeBron is trying to get Cleveland back to championship caliber basketball.
11 LEBRON ALLEGEDLY MESSAGED AN INSTAGRAM MODEL HEIDI HOBACK
In the beginning of November the Cavs were off to a rough start and still are, but a month ago they were 3-5 and LeBron was really off his game. Was it because he doesn't care about the regular season? Or because he was too busy checking on who was messaging him on Instagram? LeBron's Instagram account messaged Heidi Hoback on about a month ago. She shared the message on her Instagram story which read. "Teach me how to hunt and I’ll teach you to play ball. Deal? Lol." She responded writing a post message on her story with "Athletes slide in girl’s dms all the time so this isn’t the craziest part but sheesh. Biggest buck I’ve ever seen over here."
Doesn't look good for LeBron who is married to high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson. LeBron claimed he was hacked, hence why the message was shared, but haven't we heard that excuse before?
10 SHARON REED HAS A BABY WITH LEBRON JAMES
LeBron has been rumored for awhile that he cheated on his wife Savannah with Sharon Reed and has a baby with her. It's not the first time LeBron has been accused of flirting with other girls. She says in a recent interview with V-103 that the rumors are not true but if people want to believe it they can. The rumors started she claims he wasn't even married to Savannah.
Savannah had maturity leave in 2012 that's when the rumors started. it was an open secret that she had been seeing LeBron for years. When the rumors got out of hand the Cavaliers asked the network WOIO to stop covering the home games which is where Reed worked at the time before she was fired for the uncontrollable rumors.
9 RACHEL BUSH Got AN INSTAGRAM MESSAGE FROM LEBRON IN 2016
When LeBron left the Miami Heat in 2014, he was still wrapped around one bikini model in 2016. According to the New York Daily News she posted a screenshot message from LeBron to her Instagram account that said "Hey whats up!" She put " Haha wut" on the post with the screenshot of the message from LeBron. On April 11, 2016 she posted a picture on Instagram from the front row of a Cavaliers game.
She then tweeted things about LeBron but deleted them which then she followed with: "Deff not who I am to snitch that's why I deleted it so fast but let's turn this situation around and think who initiated the conversation. And secondly, would you want your husband/wife doing that sly s****? Lol no bye. So stop trippin acting like cheating in a marriage is OK." This would really amount to nothing and was hidden very fast.
8 LEBRON JAMES AND KHLOE KARDASHIAN HAD A FEUD
The Kardashian family is probably the biggest drama filled reality TV show in the world. There is always something going on with that family and I'm sure it turns people away sometimes. There were rumors that LeBron didn't like Khloe Kardashian but it turns out they are friends according to TMZ Sports. Having LeBron be in Kardashian drama is not a good thing especially when his team isn't really doing well at the moment.
LeBron was caught on camera yelling at a cameraman who was part of Keeping Up With The Kardashian's film crew filming their practice. The Cavaliers practice was supposed to be part of the show. LeBron was caught saying "The sh** show is here. The sh** show is here. Did you see the sh** show. Look at the sh** show gang – there they go. The sh** show."
Again LeBron has no time for petty shows he has to concentrate at winning a championship before he moves to Los Angeles.
7 A WOMAN NAMED STARSHELL HAD EYES ON LEBRON
Shortly after LeBron James got married, Starshell was chasing the married man according to eurweb.com. Sources told the site that the wives of the Miami Heat players were flabbergasted to see Starshell in the seats reserved for players families during a playoff game. The game was at the Barclays Center, against the Nets. A source to the site said "she had LeBron pinned to her nails, she was talking about LeBron and cheered for him loudly."
According to Page Six there is nothing more than a friendship between Starshell and LeBron but both wouldn't comment on the situation. Perhaps they're keeping that hush hush since they're now both married. LeBron didn't need that drama then and sure doesn't need it now.
6 LEBRON DOESN'T LIKE ISAIAH THOMAS'S SLOW START
LeBron James isn't really looking to be on a team that is rebuilding for the future his goal is to win as many championships possible to catch Michael Jordan. So far he has three and with so many super teams forming around the NBA it's going to get harder for LeBron if he doesn't have the right supporting cast. Isaiah Thomas hasn't played in Cleveland yet because of a hip injury and that's not sitting with LeBron too well.
Thomas claims his hip injury is a minor setback and he will be back better than ever. It's a no brainier the NBA wants a Cavaliers/Celtics Conference Final because of the storylines and ratings but in order for the NBA to get what they want, Thomas really needs to be healthy, because once LeBron quits the whole team does accept Isaiah.
5 DID SANIY YAH SLEEP WITH LEBRON?
Rumors started when people couldn't figure out and still can't figure out if Saniy Yah slept with either LeBron James or Allen Iverson the day before their wedding. People on Twitter speculated that a top NBA baller had to be LeBron right? Either way not a good look for the NBA who is all about image, particularly when it comes to King James. LeBron's image could've taken heat for this but it didn't because nobody really talked about it on TV. ESPN loves LeBron and would do anything to protect his image and reputation. LeBron is the most popular player in the league so who else could she be talking about? Unless she's completely unaware of LeBron's star power, she has to be talking about him, right?
4 LEBRON IS DEALING WITH WORST ANKLE INJURY OF HIS CAREER
A month ago Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that LeBron suffered his worst ankle injury of his career. LeBron played during the season opener against the Celtics but hasn't been the same player. I think he has his eyes set on somewhere else.
LeBron plays when LeBron says he can play if he doesn't want to play through an ankle injury. It's either he can't play through it or he's just saying that so he can take his money and run to free agency at the end of the season. LeBron has started in all the Cavs' games so far this season and nobody his going to take him off the court accept himself. LeBron is smart and no setback will get in the way from winning another championship.
3 LEBRON'S WIFE WANTS TO LIVE FULL TIME IN LOS ANGELES
LeBron James is the perfect type for Los Angeles, between the glamour and Hollywood, it just fits right with LeBron is all about. There is also a rumor that his wife wants to live in Los Angeles full time. According to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report "Cleveland’s loss in the 2017 NBA Finals has led Lakers officials to hear more whispers about James’ interest in a final chapter in Los Angeles, where his wife would like to live full time."
LeBron owns a house in Los Angeles. LeBron and his wife love it there. Will LeBron leave Cleveland in 2018? Possibly and if he wants to win now then they will build a powerhouse with the Lakers and his wife will be happy with living in Los Angeles full time.
2 BOYFRIEND OF LEBRON JAMES' MOTHER IS THREATENING TO 'EXPOSE' LEBRON
This past summer rumors started that LeBron forced his mother to dump her boyfriend after he was caught cheating on her. Her then boyfriend Lambo took to Instagram to post a message bashing LeBron, before it was deleted.
His post said " “U!! Know the truth why we broke up! So should I tell the world the truth!!! U SAW ME TREAT YOUR MOM LIKE A QUEEN, AND I SAW YOU TREAT YOUR WIFE LIKE A!!! DON’T TRY AND MAKE THE WORLD THINK THAT LAMBO F***** UP!! LET THE WORLD KNOW WHATS THE REAL F***** UP PROBLEM IN THE FAMILY.”
He also made a video saying that he would expose LeBron if he didn't stop running his mouth and to just leave him alone.
1 RASHARD LEWIS SLEPT WITH LEBRON'S WIFE IN 2011
In 2011 rumors started that Rashard Lewis slept with LeBron's then girlfriend, now wife, Savannah Brinson. He told in an interview with 97.9 radio in Houston "those rumors are 100% not true."
Stephen A. Smith started the rumor but Lewis said that people were trying to get into the LeBron's head. Smith reported that his friend was out drinking and it got out at a bar. Rashard Lewis was alleged to have slept with Savannah Brinson while visiting South Beach according to the Miami New Times.
Either way true or not it's not a good look for the NBA or LeBron. Rumors pop up all the time but it's how they are handled maybe Stephen A. Smith needs a better source or if it did happen Lewis, was told to keep quiet about it.