LeBron James Knicks: Where Will LeBron Go? New York or Chicago?
LeBron James: Becomes Free Agent July 1, Staying In Cleveland Or Heading to Nicks, Bulls, Nets? Role of John Calipari?
Now, that Cleveland has been eliminated by Boston in the Easter Conference semi finals the speculation, no make that crazed hyperbolic speculation, about the fate of LeBron James has taken off.
Will LeBron take the invitation of New York's Mayor Bloomberg and head to the Big Apple?
Will the the King of the NBA join the King of Hip Hop, Jay-Z who is part owner of the New Jersey Nets?
Will LeBron head to Chicago and try and try rekindle the glory days of Michael Jordan and the Bulls? It helps that Chicago has an outstanding young team.
Will, LeBron fall under the spell of the Zen master Phil Jackson in Los Angeles and learn what it takes to win from Kobe?
How about Miami, Dwayne and Lebron would be formidable?
Let's face it Lebron will pick the place that is the most lucrative for him and his posse. Lebron is not just a basketball player he is one person industry (aka Tiger Woods). That means he needs a city, no a market, that can meet the his ambitions. The market must be a top 5 TV market . It must have a social life that includes steady contact with the celebrity elite. Oh, and it should have a team that is competitive. Most Importantly, the team must be able to meet what will likely be the largest free agent signing in NBA history.
So the competition to lure LeBron James has already started with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighing in on his weekly radio address.
"I think it would be great for New York if he comes here. If asked, if he calls me and says 'What's it like to live in New York?' I'll give him a big sales pitch for New York," Bloomberg said.
I love living in New York. My kids love living in New York. I think LeBron James would love living in New York. It's the world's greatest stage."
Then there is the curious case of John Calipari the head coach of Kentucky. Calipari was spotted court side during Game 6 between Boston and Cleveland with LeBron's agent, Leon Rose. Translation is Cleveland try to lure the Calipari to the NBA? Or is Chicago hoping to land Calipari so that he can be reunited with Derrick Rose and thereby lure LeBron to Chicago.
All this Where will Lebron go, is simply crazy talk, albeit extremely fun crazy talk.
Here is what Chris Broussard at ESPN is predicting about where LeBron James will go.
Chris Broussard, ESPN The Magazine: LeBron will visit Chicago (45 percent chance he lands there), New York (18 percent chance) and possibly other places. He'll soul-search about whether he can win titles in Cleveland, where they don't have a ton of roster flexibility. He'll consult other free agents about playing in New York and Chicago. At end of the day, I think he chooses Chicago.