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LeBron announcement may have New York ties

Posted on: July 7, 2010 3:42 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 5:59 pm
All of Cleveland, I want you to click away. Go read KB talking about Kevin Durant. Or the Browns. Something. But you don't need to read this, it will do you no good, and probably doesn't mean anything anyway.

Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer has indicated that where LeBron James holds his announcement about free agency tomorrow night will not be an indication of his decision . That said, along side the information about New York rising up the chart we brought you earlier, there's been an interesting wrinkle come out of the woodwork.

Frank Isola of the NY Daily News reports an uncomfirmed rumor that James is making the announcment from the home of Alan Houston. This vibes with what Windhorst also tweeted today about the announcement coming from Greenwich, Conneticut (Houston lives in Greenwich). Greenwich, if you didn't know, it widely considered a New York suburb.

UPDATE: Allen Hahn of Newsday reports the same .

If James were returning home, why would he make the announcement from the home of a former Knicks? Even if an alternative rumor Isola suggests, that the announcment is coming from a Boys and Girls Club in town, is correct, why would James announce from a New York suburb that he's returning to Cleveland? Why not stay home and make the announcement from Akron? Or if he's headed to Miami, why not from South Beach in Dwyane Wade's home?

Maybe just to mess with us.

It's not out of the realm of possibility that James is dropping hints to throw people off. There have been no indications outside of these types of ancillary indications that James is considering anything but Miami or Cleveland, and mostly just Cleveland. Throw in the fact that Windhorst also reported (again, via Twitter) that James is filming segments around Akron for part of his website, and you have a perplexing look at what's going on.

James may have a plan in place, a decision made, he may not. But the way things are shaping up, one thing's certain. The speculation won't end until 9p.m. EST tomorrow night.

-Matt Moore


Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 7:45 pm

LeBron announcement may have New York ties

You couldn't have said it better. Lebron and Amar'e would have the knicks as an instant contender. And the players we have under contract fit perfectly with lebron. and then if they can swing melo next year we will finally have a team we can truly be proud of since the 90's

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 7:34 pm

LeBron announcement may have New York ties

At first i thought Lebron would stay in Cleveland, but after the news Bosh is signing with Miami after refusing to go to Cleveland, i just don't think he'll stay.  Talent aside, look at marketability of a city, Cleveland has none.  There isn't enough to attract other big names to Cleveland, cities like Chicago, New York, even New Jersey have more.  Once the Nets move to Brooklyn, they will be just as big as the Knicks.  From a talent perspective, Cleveland doesn't have much, no big man, no great shooter and his role players are older and overpaid.  I honestly feel New Jersey would be the best fit, in two years when they move to a new arena, he will have a team around him to win Championships.  Lopez and Harris are good players, Derrick Favors will be a good PF and add a player like Ray Allen, they are easily better than Cleveland from the start.  Not to mention Jay-Z is a marketing mogul and the Russian Billionaire owner doesn't care about a luxury tax to win championships. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 7:31 pm

LeBron announcement may have New York ties

Beckett11, Greenwich CT is a wealthy suburb of NYC just a few miles from Manhattan.  Bristol is probably a good 100 miles from Greenwich. 

Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 7:00 pm

LeBron announcement may have New York ties

Bristol is nowhere near Greenwich. Manhattan/Madison Square Garden is close to Greenwich, which is on the New York border. Both Allan Houston and Jay-Z live in Greenwich. He is going to play for the Knicks or the Nets. Guaranteed.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 6:33 pm

LeBron announcement may have New York ties

Isn't ESPN Headquarters in Bristol Ct.? Doesn't he have some sponsorship thing going on with them? Seems lame if this is the "indicator" of where he plans on going to play, no? Not familiar with the state or the area, so maybe it means something.

Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 6:17 pm

LeBron announcement may have New York ties

KG left Minny. Jabaar left the Bucks. Shaq left the Magic. Great players do leave to chase titles. Kobe and MJ are actually rare examples.

Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2010 6:15 pm

LeBron announcement may have New York ties

You people are crazy. Add lebron to the knicks and they are a 50 win team, that's what he and Amar'e bring. With the chance at either another max guy next year or the chance to sign 2 or 3 legit complimentary role players when Fatty Curry's contract comes off the books to solidify whatever they are lacking.

They don't need a stud PG with LBJ there. MJ never had one. Kobe never had one. They are the stud. Amar'e will play perfectly off him in a system he is comfortable in. Gallo is the perfect complimentary outside shooter LBJ needs and is entering only his 3rd year. Toney Douglass is the exact type of PG that MJ and Kobe have had... a PG that doesn't need the ball in his hands, can drain from outside and play D. Wil Chandler is a solid player in the making and also super young and can play wing D and open the floor up with his athleticism. Everyone underestimates what the Knicks kept and what these guys bring to the Lebron table.

The team is built to compliment what LeBron does. That was Walsh's plan. He did it then brought in the guy that LBJ lobbied hard for at the trade deadline. Lebron is going to the Knicks. Book it. Its the smart move and remakes several rivlaries making the NBA a MUCH better league to watch and healthier in a tough time as the CBA battle heats up.

He and Amar'e make the Knicks a top contender in the East. Rivalries revived: NYK - Heat (who still need a helluva lot more to compete on high level with no money to fill the roster), NYK-Celtics (for those of you who remember the old old days), NYK-Chi (following the Boozer signing). And you still have great team in Orlando and a very good team in Atlanta. Add improving Philly and Washington to the mix with competitive teams in Milwaukee and Detroit, as well as still a decent core in Cleveland and the East is deep as hell.

It makes sense for the NBA, it makes sense for Lebron's biz plan and it DOES give him a chance at a title.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 6:13 pm

LeBron announcement may have New York ties

Lebron wont leave Cleveland...It would be like Michael leaving Chicago, or Kobe leaving the Lakers...The great players dont make themselves hated for leaving their teams and if he wants to be a billionaire being hated wont get him there.....Jordan didnt win for years in Chi-town and brought 6 rings, Lebron wont and doesnt need the MJ comparisons...If he were to go anywhere it would be the Knicks...people say Chicago, but I say the Knicks...I dont think it really matters...Kobe and the Lakers will dominate for the next 4 years or so, by that time James will be 30...James will never go down as a Kobe or MJ, but more like a Dan Marino, still great, but never quite comparable to Montana, Elway, Manning...guys who win and stuck with their teams to get titles..

Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 6:06 pm

LeBron announcement may have New York ties

As much as I would love Lebron as a Knick Allen Houston isnt the only concerned party with a house in Greenwich. Jay-Z also owns a home there so the Nets could easily be in the picture as well but the Nets also are the only team who havent made a splash in free agency this season with the Bulls Signing Boozer, Miami getting Wade and Bosh and the Knicks with Amare it could easily be said that the Nets still have the opportunity to give Lebron a chance to create his own empire from scratch.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 6:02 pm

LeBron announcement may have New York ties

If Lebron wants to win, he should rule out the Knicks and the Clippers right now, period.

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