LeBron James wanted Deshaun Watson in Cleveland too

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It’s bad enough that former Browns are taking shots at the Browns right now.

But now even when Northeast Ohio’s favorite son is trying to rip someone else, it inevitably ends up with a criticism of his local (allegedly) professional football team.

Via the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cavaliers star LeBron James was taking a shot at former Knicks executive Phil Jackson for drafting one point guard (Frank Ntilikina) over another (Dennis Smith Jr.), and as so often happens, the splatter hit the Browns.

I think Deshaun Watson should be a Brown,” James said. “Doesn’t mean that Myles Garrett isn’t going to be a great football player. But Deshaun Watson should’ve been our quarterback. Doesn’t mean you’re [ripping] on the next guy. It’s just that you’re stating what you see.”

Like the rest of the world, James was likely stunned when the Browns passed Watson not once but twice. Taking Myles Garrett was justifiable, but trading the 12th pick to the Texans for a future first-rounder instead of taking Watson for themselves remains a mystery, even though Watson suffered a torn ACL and is out for the year.

Instead, they took DeShone Kizer in the second round, and the only good news is that he’s developing the kind of thick skin you need if you’re going to play football in Cleveland.

“That has nothing to do with me,” Kizer said of LeBron’s opinion.

While Watson was on pace to be rookie of the year (if not a Pro Bowler), Kizer’s last in the league with a 54.5 passer rating and a 52.8 completion percentage. Which does nothing to undermine James’ point, or to make Cleveland fans focus on their basketball team instead.

33 responses to “LeBron James wanted Deshaun Watson in Cleveland too

  1. Contrary to popular belief, we really don’t like Lebron here in Cleveland. At all. We view him as a useful idiot that can potentially help win a championship or two. That’s it.

    Don’t let the door hit you where God split you dude.

  2. I’m surprised LeBron didn’t personally insert himself into the Browns Draft Day and turn it upside down.

  3. For these instant soup, microwave cooking football fans, John Elway, first and second year stats: Year 1, 4-6, 47.5% completion rate, 7 TD’s 14 Int’s. Year 2, 12-2, 56.3% completion rate, 18 TD’s 15 Int’s.

    The moral of the story? QB stats are not SAT scores. QB stats are highly subjective and SITUATIONAL! Todays high completion rate guys often dink and dunk a whole lot. Dunking and dunking to TE’s, WR, and RB’s!!! They also go down field but often when their guy is wide open. Back in the day QB’s were required to go deep and go deep often. Their goal was to connect on that downfield read as much as possible. Not so today. So ignore those fantasy stats and watch the guys play the game and see who is gutsy and aren’t afraid of the tight NFL windows, cause that is the only way you are going to make it through the playoffs. Give the guy a chance. After all his stats are accumulated on Clevelands rebuild of a rebuild team.

  4. I’m glad that well known bastion of NFL player personnel (James) chimed in with his worthless 2 cents.

  5. They could have taken Watson with their second first round pick. They could have had them both. As far as LeBron goes, he personally recruits his OLD (and I mean over the hill) friends to play with him on the Cavs and now they are struggling. He really shouldn’t be anyone’s GM. Oh, and if he had shared some glory with Kyrie Irving instead of treating him like an appendage, his own team would be much better off. Anyone questioning Irving motives just needs to look at the self absorbed LeBron James.

  6. Watson is a good QB, but throwing balls to Hopkins, who can catch pretty much anything, is not the same as throwing balls to [Britt?]. Watson was going to be probably a bust in Cleveland.

  7. Is LeBron going to throw another temper tantrum because the Browns didn’t pick HIS guys? Hindsight is 20/20. Let’s see his draft prediction from BEFORE the draft. Between the homeless guy and LeBron, Cleveland has some great armchair GMs.

  8. Enough of this retroactive nonsense. First of all, NOBODY was “shocked” when the Browns didn’t take Watson first overall, because NOBODY (except Watson and his fans) felt he was worth anything close to that. And OODLES of people felt that Watson was an overrated prospect whose game wouldn’t work in the NFL. Typical of people to pile on the Browns for “passing” on a QB when many of those same people smugly mocked interest in Watson at draft time and said the team who took him would regret it.

  9. Some media and fans don’t get the power and tradition of the NFL. They think that NFL teams’ fan bases are mostly regional as evidenced by the author of this article thinking LeBron James has influence over Browns fans. The fact is most Browns fans don’t even live in North Eastern Ohio let alone Cleveland itself and don’t care about LeBron James or his team or hardly anything else about Cleveland. They just love the Browns.

  10. He runs away from Cleveland to get his ring, finally gets it now be knows everything. Yesterday he bashed the Knicks about they’re draft choice, took a shot at their ex GM now he’s a football expert.

  11. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says:
    November 14, 2017 at 9:35 am
    Contrary to popular belief, we really don’t like Lebron here in Cleveland. At all. We view him as a useful idiot that can potentially help win a championship or two. That’s it.

    Don’t let the door hit you where God split you dude.


    Not that I disagree with your opinion of Lebron but I highly disagree most people in Cleveland dislike him, especially considering he’s the sole reason why 75% of the sports bars there are still in business

  12. So, who does Cleveland have that’s comparable to Hopkins and Fuller? Yeah, I thought so, Watson would have been on IR 4 weeks earlier if he played for the Browns.

  13. brownoholic says:
    November 14, 2017 at 9:53 am
    Feel free to chime in BEFORE a draft, LeBron.


    He did. See Napier, Shabazz.

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