Lebron Hearts N.Y.

Robert RozborilContributor IFebruary 5, 2009

James dazzled last night at Madison Square Garden! He posted a triple-double with 52 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. His performance against the Knicks was voted by sports fans as even more impressive than Kobe Bryant's when he put up 61 points earlier this season. 

As prevelant as Lebron's performance was, so was his light-hearted demeanor. James could be seen at many points throughout the game laughing, smiling, and giving fist-taps to stars on the sideline such as Jay-Z. He seemed right at home playing in "the garden" and in New York.

For Cleveland fans, this is a disturbing thought. Speculation has been going on for some time that the Knicks may try and aquire James from the Cavs as soon as his contract runs out at the end of next season. Some fans are convinced it's all just rumors while others seem to think the move is inevitable. 

James makes no secret about his love for New York. He has said how much he enjoys the nightlife and has been seen sporting a New York Yankees cap while attending Indians' games in Cleveland. He has also described playing in Madison Square Garden as being like performing on stage. 

The Cavaliers have done virtually everything they can to build a team around LeBron with several weapons such as Mo Williams and Ben Wallace so James doesn't have to go it alone on the court. It has definitely paid off.

The Cavs are dominating the Eastern Conference this season and show no signs of letting up anytime soon. If James decides to leave Cleveland, it won't have anything to do with the caliber of his team.

The Knicks, on the other hand, are terrible and have been for years. The idea that James might leave a winning team like the Cavs for a collection of stiff like the Knicks seems absurd to many fans. But then again, where were the Cavs before King James began his rule?

The future of James in either city is going to depend on whether he decides he'd rather continue playing for his hometown team, playing just 45 minutes Akron where he grew up, or whether the draw of the Big Apple pulls him in enough that he can't resist jumping ship.