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LeBron's South Beach celebration in place?

Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:28 pm
Chatter about LeBron James choosing the Heat and teaming up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh grew considerably in NBA front-office circles Thursday, and they're buying it from Las Vegas to Wall Street to the South Beach party scene.

US Weekly reported that James has secured six cabanas at the W Hotel in Miami, evidently to celebrate his decision to join the Heat. The party will have to wait until after James attends buddy Carmelo Anthony's wedding to LaLa Vasquez Saturday in New York.

Anthony, by the way, texted Thursday that he doesn't know what James is going to do. But bookmakers and investors do. According to the World Sports Exchange , Miami is a more than 70 percent favorite to land James, while Cleveland is second with a 25 percent percent chance. Shares of Madison Square Garden Inc., parent company of the Knicks, were down more than 5 percent on the NASDAQ on more than six times the normal trading volume.

At MSG itself, there was a palpable feeling of resignation about the outcome of LeSweepstakes as the Knicks introduced their first (and perhaps only) marquee free-agent signing: Amar'e Stoudemire. Coach Mike D'Antoni and president Donnie Walsh said they didn't even plan to watch James' televised announcement.

Much respect to them for that.

Similarly, other teams believed to be out of the running for James are refusing to have a "pity party" Thursday night, according to one executive who believes his team is out of it. Trades and signings across the league have been on hold until James unveils his decision, so those executives will immediately begin consummating those deals after James graces us with his decision.


Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:51 pm

LeBron's South Beach celebration in place?


Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 6:32 pm

LeBron's South Beach celebration in place?

Is it possible that if Lebron was going to join YOUR team, you would have a different perspective of the whole thing?? YES.  The rest is just bull.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 4:21 pm

LeBron's South Beach celebration in place?

 If LeBron goes to Miami for less money to play with his friends and win championships who could blame him? It's his choice and it would the easiest path to winning. Believe me verterans will come out of the wood works to play for the minimum to be on the Dynasty that will be Miami. He who underestimates Pat Riley would be foolish. Although I too can see why writers and fans of other teams would be haters and jealous, but how does winning championships hurt your image? Also note that Miami has only one championship and lots of room on the rafters and record books for superstars to leave their mark unlike Chicago where he will never be Jordan and in New York who can't compete with the roster Miami will put together. Finally he already gave 7 years to Cleveland now its time to move on and get his rings. They had their shot and its too late for them now. I know how bad this will hurt Cleveland and its fans but they should be happy they had such a great player for so long. People remember Lebron earned his right to be a free agent and he deserves to play where he wants and where he will be happy. 

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 4:00 pm

LeBron's South Beach celebration in place?

This report is incorrect.  I have a good friend in public relations with the management company that owns W hotels and it is Chris Bosh with the cabanas.  As of 4pm Thursday LeBron James has nothing booked.

Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:45 pm

LeBron's South Beach celebration in place?

Sure this is a big deal, and sure James is doing the right thing by raising money for a good cause.  But seriously, has anyone ever seen a bigger ego than this guy has?  How many rings do you have LBJ?  Sorry. . .didn't hear you.  And D-Wade, you can add Bosh and you can add James.  Add Shaq too, but there is still one thing holding you back from championship glory.  There's only one ball on the court at a time.  Good luck keeping these egos in check Miami.  I am suddenly the biggest Kobe Bryant and LA Laker fan in the world.  See you at courtside, Jack Nicholson.

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