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Rumor Central: Did LeBron James Leave Cleveland Because of Delonte West?

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 21:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates with teammate Delonte West #13 after a three point play against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 21, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Cavaliers defeated the Suns 109-91.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GackSports.comContributor IJuly 30, 2010

Some of you may know there has been a rumor circulating that during the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Boston Celtics, LeBron’s teammate, Delonte West, had an affair with James’ mother.

Rumor has it that LeBron’s performance was affected because his teammate was sleeping with his mom. LeBron was widely criticized for his lackluster performances against the Celtics, which ultimately led to Cleveland’s playoff demise.

So let’s say it: LeBron wanted out of Cleveland because of Delonte West. Delonte West is to blame for destroying the Cavaliers and forever cursing the city of Cleveland.

But why didn’t LeBron go to New York City instead of Miami? New York City is the capital of the world. It is a place where big names get bigger. LeBron chose Miami because he didn’t want this “rumor” to follow him to a place like New York City, where the media would crush him. Even though he ruined his image by going to Miami, he will forever have the memory of West and his mom in bed together.

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