New York bound, but not for New York

1 07 2008

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
3. Dallas
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.

It’s inevitable.
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.




One response

5 07 2008

I don’t know what is the fuzz about Lebron coming to NY is…well, actually I do know why. He is after all, a once in a decade talent (an understatement probably). However, what I don’t understand is the myopic obsession of the ny media on him, and pegging the recent comment by Walsh (about clearing the cap space for 2010/11) to acquiring him, and him alone. Lets see who is going to be available in 2010/11…for starter, Bosh, Wade, Dirk and Kobe, besides the “Your Highness”. And the list just keep on going. The fact of the matter is, it is a very Big 2-years for Free agent market, and many high profile, franchise changing talents are available.

Don’t tell me that the Knicks fans would be disappointed if we miss the King Lottery, but ended up with any one of the above mentioned.

In case any of you ny fans are still hung-up on the King choosing the Nets instead of the Knicks, here is one “sour-grape” notion that may help you get over it…

You know all those Lebron’s “supposedly funny” commercials that you see on TV…they are down right sucks!!!

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