Will LeBron James Dump The Cavaliers Over Trump?

Finding an NBA owner who doesn’t support Trump won’t be easy.

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Ever since the Cleveland Cavaliers were trounced by the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 Finals, rumors have been flying that LeBron James will not pick up the option on the final year of his contract and drive Cleveland Cavaliers fans to burn his jersey in effigy. Again.


According to Chris Sheridan, a longtime NBA information merchant and NJ Advance Media Group columnist, it’s a done deal. James is planning to bolt, he says — mainly because of owner Dan Gilbert’s affinity for Donald Trump.

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“When the information was given to me, my source said: ‘The entire NBA knows it. The only people who don’t are the media.’ … The No. 1 reason why this is going to happen is because Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is a huge Trump supporter; LeBron is not.”

It’s not the first time Sheridan has asserted that James would be ditching Cleveland. In August, he tweeted, “NBA source said today: ‘This will be LeBron’s final season in Cleveland. He is 100 percent leaving. Relationship with owners beyond repair.’”

Yes, Gilbert’s company, Quicken Loans, donated $750 thousand to President Trump’s inaugural committee and he, along with his wife Jennifer, donated $2.1 million to GOP causes in 2016, with over 50% of that going to a pro-Chris Christie super PAC. (The president also personally dragged a very reluctant Gilbert into a photo op at the White House in June 2017.)

And yes, James campaigned for Hillary Clinton, called Trump a “bum” when the president retracted his non-invitation to the Golden State Warriors for the traditional White House visit, and in a recent interview, said of the president, “The number-one job in America — the appointed person — is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a fuck about the people.”

But framing the political divide as the main point of contention between Gilbert and James doesn’t really tell the whole story.

Per ESPN, James was upset with the supporting cast Gilbert had assembled around him as far back as January 2017 — as well as the seeming refusal by Gilbert to spend whatever it took, luxury tax penalties be damned. The trade of star guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics only deepened the divide, to the point that James refused to commit to the Cavs beyond the 2017-18 season. Prior to the trade deadline, when the Cavs dramatically rejiggered the roster, James was still seething.

To be clear, there’s a more-than-decent chance James bolts, but if he really is using politics as a litmus test for his next home, he’s going to be crossing quite a few potential destinations off his list.

While it would take some serious salary cap machinations in order to carve out the necessary space, the Houston Rockets would be transformed into a Galactus-like devourer of worlds if they slotted LeBron in at the power forward slot alongside James Harden and Chris Paul.

One minor problem: The team was recently bought by a restaurant and casino impresario with a ten-figure net worth, Tilman Fertitta. He’s a big fan of shredding every regulation that might put a dent in the free flow of capital and would be quite pleased if President Trump could finally wreck the Affordable Care Act once and for all.

As for Trump’s job performance, Tilman gave him a passing grade. “I think Trump has done fine so far. Everybody has him under a microscope,” Fertitta said in March 2017. Save for a few unnamed stumbles, “I think he’s doing a great job.”

How about the Philadelphia 76ers? They’re headed towards their first 50-win season, boast two soon-to-be superstars in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and still have draft picks and cap space galore.

Alas, principal owner and vulture capitalist Josh Harris has been giving the Trump administration a few tips regarding infrastructure policy. Harris’s advice was deemed so swell that Jared Kushner tried to convince him to take a gig in the White House; Kushner’s sketchy real estate concern received a $184 million loan from Apollo Capital, the private equity firm Harris founded.

It’s a longshot, but the San Antonio Spurs have been mentioned as a possible landing spot. Luckily, the Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich, has been a vocal and pointed critic of the president and they’re still working on a two-decade-long streak of dominance, including four titles.

But, uh-oh, Julianna Holt, the Spurs chairwoman, recently took the reins from her retired husband, Peter Holt, a longtime GOP donor. The couple gave $5,400 to the Trump campaign and an additional $250,000 to another pro-Trump committee.

That leaves the Los Angeles Lakers, who’ve been moving heaven and earth to lure LeBron for a good long while and may be able to add Paul George as a sidekick. And wouldn’t you know, while owner Jeanie Buss hasn’t dropped a ton of cash into political coffers, she did give $5,000 to Democrats in 2006.

There you have it, folks. LeBron is going to Hollywood!

Sarcasm aside, NBA owners have engaged in all manner of political acts which have nothing to do with donations, any one of which might convince a left-of-center individual like LeBron James to turn up his nose. If, you know, he actually were such an ideologue that politics would trump a sound basketball and financial decision.

Does Gilbert’s playing buddy-buddy with the president irk him? Odds are it does, and it’s only soured a relationship that was fairly rancid to begin with, going back to the infamous comic sans letter Gilbert wrote way back in 2010.

But if James is playing in greener pastures next year, don’t be surprised if it’s with an owner who has a MAGA hat secretly stashed in a closet somewhere.

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"Seventy percent of the Earth is covered with water, now you camp on it!" proudly declares Smithfly on the website for its new camping boat — the Shoal Tent.

Why have we waited so long for camping equipment that actually lets us sleep on the water? Because it's an awful idea, that's why.

"The world is your waterbed," Smithfly says on its site. But the big difference is that no one has ever had to worry about falling asleep and then drowning on their waterbed.

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While it is possible that one could wade into the water, unzip the tent, have a pleasant slumber, and wake up in the morning feeling safe and refreshed, there are countless things that could go terribly wrong.

The tent could float down the river and you wake up in the middle of nowhere.

You could have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

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It could spring a leak and you could drown while wrapped up in eight feet of heavy nylon.

A strong current could tip the tent-boat over.

There isn't any way to steer the darn thing.

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Mashable shared a charming video of the tent on Twitter and it was greeted with a chorus of people sharing the many ways one could die while staying the night in the Shoal Tent.

Oh yeah, it's expensive, too.

Even though the general public seems to think the Shoal Tent is a terrible idea, according to the Smithfly's website, it's currently sold out due to "popular demand" and it will be "available in 6-8 weeks." Oh, and did we mention it costs $1,999?

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There are few more perniciously dangerous conspiracy theories being shared online than the idea that vaccines cause autism.

This has led to a decline in Americans vaccinating their children, resulting in a massive increase in measles. This year has already seen over 1,200 cases of measles, a disease that was eradicated in the U.S. nearly 20 years ago.

A 2015 Pew Research study found that 83% of Americans think the measles vaccine is safe, while 9% think it's not. Another 7% are not sure. But when you look at the polls that include parents of minors, the numbers get worse, 13% believe that the measles vaccine is unsafe.

There is zero truth to the idea that vaccines cause autism. In fact, a recent study of over 650,000 children found there was no link whatsoever.

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A great example of the lack of critical thinking shown by anti-vaxxers was a recent exchange on Facebook shared to Imgur by zoezimmm.

A parent named Kenleigh at a school in New Mexico shared a photo of a sign at reads: "Children will not be enrolled unless an immunization record is presented and immunizations are up-to-date."

This angered a Facebook user who went on a senseless tirade against vaccinations.

"That's fine, I'll just homeschool my kids," she wrote. At least they won't have to worry about getting shot up in school or being bullied, or being beat up / raped by the teachers!"

To defend her anti-vaccination argument, she used a factually incorrect claim that Amish people don't vaccinate their children. She also incorrectly claimed that the MMR vaccine is ineffective and used anecdotal evidence from her and her father to claim that vaccinations are unnecessary.

She also argued that "every human in the world is entitled to their own opinion." Which is true, but doesn't mean that wildly incorrect assumptions about health should be tolerated.

She concluded her argument with a point that proves she doesn't care about facts: "It doesn't matter what you say is not going to change my mind."

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While the anti-vaxxer was incorrect in her points, it must also be pointed out that some of the people who argued with her on Facebook were rude. That should never be tolerated in this type of discourse, but unfortunately, that's the world of social media.

Here's the entire exchange:

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The post received a ton of responses on imgur. Here are just a few:

"'In my opinion...' 'I believe...' That's not how facts work."

"You're entitled to your opinion. And everyone else is entitled to call you a dumbass."

"'What I do with my children is no concern to you at all.' Most of the time, true. When your kid might give mine polio, not true."

"If my child can't bring peanut butter, your child shouldn't bring preventable diseases."

It's important to call out people who spread dangerous views, especially how they pertain to health, on social media. But people should do so with respect and civility.

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