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well you know who! Only what will be one of the biggest free agent signings EVER!

Rivaling...

Babe Ruth
Alex Rodriguez
and
Reggie Jackson

I've read the back and forth about why LBJ will and won't join our Knicks next off season. One thing we all can agree on is nobody including James actually knows; we can only speculate but...

I'd rather take the glass half full approach. I will leave the debating up to you guys here but first a few quotes from some articles...

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"It is another personality, even if it doesn't come out as often as his Akron-rooted sensibilities.
It is New York LeBron.
That's the James who gets in his jet to fly to New York to attend parties, restaurant openings or concerts on off nights during the season. It is the James who loves fashion, being on magazine covers and hanging out with Jay-Z, his mentor, who made a name for himself by conquering the New York music scene. It is the James who once said he wanted to earn a billion dollars and who has devoted his off-court time to developing business interests."
This article depicts the duality of LBJ's personality and his reluctance to commit to the Cavs.

After reading my immpression is this:

Cleveland is going so hard to please him that I feel they might actually sabotage themselves in the long run. The big spending, the catering, and the ceremonious coddling is expected but could lead to their demise. Which brings me to my next point.

If he stays a Cav AND they fail to win it all...
wont that be such a waste. A player of his talents might get everything under the sun except a guarantee of a champinonship. I think leave or stay- without a championship(s) it will all be wasted! A shame.

Next I thought...

If you (LBJ) thought living in Ohio is the "high-life" which all reports indicate he has perspective (see LBJ in NYC all the time) then NYC will knock your socks off- ask Derek Jeter. But it's more than that.

To me he has added pressure of not just winning but achieving "multiple" championships- since all the "great" ones have accomplished this. And even though it starts with one- he seems light years away from a Kobe or MJ at this point.

Which tells me...

LBJ should be considering what franchise has the best ability to contend over the life of his contract? We know about next year (since two years ago) but no one envisions the next two to five years.

We also know, as disfunctional as we've (NYK) have been, we will be able (not b/c of the salary cap) to dish out more cream unless the new agreement prevents that. No matter what the circumstance Cleveland will never be able to match Dolans cash flow.

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The above article is on what the allure of NY is.

"The conclusion


In the end, LeBron James won't be listening to Donnie Walsh or Leon Rose or Warren Buffett on this one. James will find the answer within, and not in the fine print of a Nike deal that doesn't offer a big-market bump.
He loves Cleveland yet also loves the Knicks fans who chanted for him to be league MVP and who stood and cheered for him when he dropped 50 on the home team.
"To get a standing ovation in the greatest basketball arena in the world is a dream come true for me," James said then.
He can live the dream night after night after night. He can own New York the way Jordan owned Chicago and Kobe owns L.A. He can be bigger than his cherished Yankees, bigger than everyone from No. 2 (Jeter) back to No. 3 (Ruth). "
At the end of the day...

I think LBJ is torn between his desires and he'd rather put off the career decisions until it is absolutely necessary. The fact that he even considers NY is promising to me but what's more positive is...

He could (as he has) give a valiant effort to his fans in Cleveland and become immortal if he achieves but...

if he fails that would logically mean something else...

that other teams in the East probably would be representing in the Finals. Teams like ORL or CHI.

How do you think he would feel if another East team won? Especially a team he could of been on? That to me would be the ultimate waste and slap to the face.

Dare I say one of those teams could (should) be the NYK's. Imagine.

So my philosophy is...

LBJ could win or lose, nothings gauranteed. But being here and losing is different than in Cleveland.

If he thinks they will go "all out" to produce a probable contender because it means so much to the fans of Cleveland...

wait til' he gets a whiff of the greates city in the worlds hunger. He aint seen nothing yet. Want to talk about spending, strategy & perks...

Cleveland is like a JV organization compared to us.

Roll with us or get rolled over. If you (LBJ) stay in Cleveland... losing to the Knicks will be the ultimate slap to the face.

The league needs you in NY more than NY does. We will continue to spend frivilously and knowing you will be there to try and stop us- we will put a team on the floor (eventually) that will make sure you regret not joining us when we extended our hand.

Where's all my optimists?!?