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LeBron James calls #PhillyWantsLeBron billboards in Cleveland ‘very flattering’

LeBron James on Tuesday weighed in on how billboards urging him to join the Philadelphia 76ers have popped up around Cleveland.

As noted in the tweet, there are presently three billboards up in Cleveland, funded by Philly-based company Power Home Remodeling. The company’s co-CEO, Asher Raphael, explained the billboards by proclaiming Philadelphia as the “best sports town” and that “the best athletes should want to play here.”

James, however, while saying the billboards are “flattering,” indicated the billboards will have little impact upon his decision following the 2018-19 NBA season, when he is expected to opt-out of his current contract and become a free agent.

“You can say it’s a distraction, it’s not. Not a distraction,” James said Tuesday morning, via Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor. “It is actually very flattering that I’m sitting here at 33 and in my 15th year and teams or guys — I don’t want to say teams because that becomes tampering — but people in their respective city want me to play for them. That’s cool I think. That’s dope.”

James, as he has often stated, is solely focused on the Cavaliers at this point in time.

“The story needs to be: LeBron is focused on getting his team back to the Finals. That’s what the story should be,” James said. “Because I’m telling you guys right now. Not, oh, I’m angry about, what, The Golden State story, or I’m angry about, what, the Lakers and Philly and Houston and San Antonio and Sacramento and Orlando and Miami and Toronto. I can name all 30 teams. Like, that’s not the story. The story from me, personally, my focus right now and I’m driven right now to figure out how we can put the right basketball (together) every single night to compete for a championship and get to the Finals for a fourth straight year. That’s what my focus is. That’s what the story is.

“When the summer comes, you guys know that’s been around me for 15 years or not 15 years, how I approach my summer. How I approach my free agency. That has not changed.”