Look… I know that the interwebby abounds with people who don’t want to believe that LeBron James is headed for the Big Apple, who will even scoff at the very notion.
I’ve had friends when presented with all the information regarding why he’ll leave, and then nod knowingly, smile, and state with supreme confidence “Yeah, but he’s from Cleveland…”.
Newsflash. Cleveland doesn’t rate quite as highly for LeBron as they’d hope. On Monday, LeBron rated his top 5 cities.
1. New York
2. Washington DC
4. Los Angeles
5. Akron, Ohio
Sheesh… 5th? And you don’t figure that he’s “being polite”?
When that’s all added to the fact that his contract with Nike allows a massive injection of cash (said to be to the tune of $40 million) should he end up in one of the US’s 2 biggest markets… Surely this sounds like very good news for the ailing Knicks looking to revamp their franchise around one of the sports biggest names?
Not so fast. When asked his favourite borough in NYC, LeBron replied,
“Brooklyn. Brooklyn is definitely a great place here in New York City, and some of my best friends are from Brooklyn, so I stick up for them.”
Coupled with his friendship with Nets part-owner Jay-Z, this could set Donnie Walsh’s gaze elsewhere. By 2010, when LeBron James has the option of moving on from Cleveland, the Nets will be firmly entrenched in Brooklyn.
Just as the Net’s new arena will be the centerpiece for owner Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project, LeBron James will be the centerpiece for the Brooklyn Nets.
And he can wear his Yankees cap with impunity.