It’s been a little more than eight months since LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat and there are still some people who are shocked that he could ditch his hometown team so easily. There are people who are still confused about the reasons behind his choice to leave. Obviously, these people have never asked Chris Rock for his explanation.

Esquire’s Scott Raab did, and now we can all understand why LeBron 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.

He makes good points. People rarely move from Miami to Cleveland, the Cavaliers are definitely in Cleveland and the Cavs’ owner is an idiot. Chris Rock is apparently not just a funny comedian, but also an NBA insider who understands the intricacies of complicated transactions. Who knew?

Quick — someone ask him about ‘Melo.

(via Steeebo)

Comments (7)

  1. The rest of the interview is even more hilarious. “Dude, they’re on the fucking beach right now!”

  2. Cleveland fans were delusional to think he would stay. Seeing what the cavs have done without him this year is proof of that. Instead of getting a trade exception that will probably be worthless they should have actually gotten something in return. Young guys, draft picks. Anything would have been better. The only thing that bothered me about what Lebron did was the decision, but at least it was an entertaining train wreck. All of your other gripes, Cleveland fans, should be on ownership and management.

  3. Aaron Brooks sure is a funny guy.

  4. No need to ask him about Melo, answer is the same : trade him !

  5. Reading this as Chris Rock in your head makes it that much more funny.

    As a Toronto Raptors fan during mid-season of last year, I said to myself, “If we keep this up, there’s no way he’ll want to leave.” Hard to let go.

  6. Rock was kind of wrong, the only way they could have gotten Kobe is if Kobe agreed. No-trade cause, etc. So how plugged into the NBA is he really? hmm.

  7. wow, Marie, you got the essence of it all…

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