The Orlando Magic has been light on superstars for quite a while and LeBron James isn't about to fix that. On a recent episode of James' talk show, The Shop, James said he'd rather quit basketball than be traded to Orlando.
James blamed his animosity toward the City Beautiful on his time spent inside the NBA's bubble at Walt Disney World.
"I haven’t taken my daughter to Disney World. You got to understand, any time I hear 'Orlando' right now, I get PTSD," he said. "They have no chance [of signing me]."
James was asked what he would do if a trade forced him to Orlando and he responded that he'd retire.
"I’m just retiring. It’s over," he said. "LeBron has been traded to Orlando. LeBron lives in Malibu."
The slight caused Mayor Buddy Dyer to respond that LeBron just hadn't done Orlando right.
I’m certain that you didn’t experience the other half of Orlando during your time in the bubble last summer, @KingJames. Next time you’re here, let’s go out for lunch.— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) May 29, 2021
You’ll see that our community is diverse, inclusive and vibrant. https://t.co/UJl7jkMAI1
Less charitable Magic fans took the opportunity to remind James of the way that Dwight Howard and the Magic ousted him from the playoffs in 2009.
on this day in Orlando Magic history, Dwight Howard knocks out LeBron James in a close-out Game 6 while dropping this stat-line:— RK (@beyondtheRK) May 30, 2021
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