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LeBron James on Controversial Move to Miami Heat: "Just Kidding, Cleveland!"

MIAMI - JULY 09:  LeBron James #6, of the Miami Heat smiles during a press conference after a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Gary CainContributor IJuly 22, 2010

April Fools!

CLEVELAND—In possibly the greatest hoax of all time, NBA superstar LeBron James today admitted that his recently announced move to play for the Miami Heat was nothing more than a big April Fools joke. “Just me having some fun with you media knuckleheads. You cats’ll believe anything,” he smirked. LeBron swears emphatically that he’s staying put as a Cleveland Cavalier. “I’ll see everybody at the Q in October, just like always.”

Loves a Good Joke

James revealed the truth this morning in an exclusive interview with ace reporter Joshua Lyre from his favorite comedy website over coffee at the Krispy Kreme close to LeBron’s mansion. “That bit y’all wrote about me joining Irish step dancing, absolutely hilarious. I do so love a good joke,” LeBron began with a hearty laugh.

“Y’all know me. I’m a playa! Gotta enjoy life. All that Miami stuff was nonsense,” LeBron said with a big grin. “Leave the snow and ice of Cleveland for sunshine and beach babes? No way. Cleveland’s home.”

Betrayal Response

When Lyre pointed out that Cavalier fans became outraged and felt betrayed after LeBron’s ESPN announcement extravaganza, James replied, “That just shows how much Cavs fans love me. So tell ‘em straight, ‘Cleveland, I love you back even more. Several million times more, in fact.’”


“OK. So maybe it wasn’t the funniest April Fools joke,” LeBron apologized. “But you gotta admit, I sure had you guys going!” he said, busting out laughing. “People just need to lighten up some. Geez. Everybody’s so serious.”


James also fessed up that Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert was in on the joke as well. Gilbert’s nasty comments and scathing open letter, all an act. “Was he scary, or what?” LeBron asked with a wink.

Bottom Line

LeBron closed the interview with, “What I really want, see, is to be an actor after basketball. Consider that Miami stuff my audition. Pretty good, huh? I’m thinking one of the daytime soaps. Then I’d be a real star.”


(Read LeBron James Leaving NBA for Irish Step Dancing here.)

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