Golden State Warriors fans deserve to dream and dream big.
The organization is most likely going to wind up in the hands of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. He's loaded and, unlike current ownership, seems to have a grasp of how to run a business—even if that business is an NBA franchise.
Imagine that Ellison decides that he doesn't want to mess around rebuilding the moribund Warriors. Figure he wants to take the team with, arguably, the loudest and most faithful fans in the league, and start winning immediately.
What might he do?
Well, he might make a big splash by openly courting free agent LeBron James.
James would never sign with the Warriors? Well, maybe Ellison could unload salaries (the club has $11 million tied up in Monta Ellis, who stars at a position that Stephen Curry will inherit) and then appeal to that place in every athlete's heart where he longs to be special.
Every NBA free agent becomes wealthy. LeBron could play in Des Moines, Iowa and still land lucrative Nike and other commercial endorsements. He doesn't need to be in New York to be in the spotlight. The spotlight follows LeBron.
Ellison can offer something that, arguably, no other team can offer LeBron. The Warriors play in the Oracle Arena. Since Ellison owns the corporate naming rights to the Warriors arena he could offer LeBron the chance to play 41 games a year in:
LeBron James Arena
Or, okay, in LeBron's Crib!
No active, professional athlete has ever had an arena named after him. You won't catch Kobe Bryant playing in Kobe Bryant Arena, for instance.
Oh, speaking of Kobe -- the guy who is the closest to Michael Jordan...the guy with all the rings. You know? That Kobe? Yeah, well, if LeBron comes to the Bay Area to play for the Warriors, he can go head-to-head with Kobe in what would become the greatest rivalry in the NBA.
LeBron's the king, right? If a king wants to grab a crown, it'd seem like he'd want to take it directly away from the guy who's had it longest. So, while the New Jersey Nets or Chicago Bulls, could offer LeBron a shot at an Eastern Conference title and, then, maybe a shot at the Lakers and Kobe -- James could run right over Kobe and the Lakers to lead the Warriors to the Western Conference title.
In fact, playing for the Warriors and taking on Kobe head-to-head might help return the luster to LeBron's career that was, um, tarnished when he just stop playing in the final two games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Boston Celtics.
Then, there's an access road that fans throughout the San Francisco and Oakland area associate with the Warriors, Oakland Raiders, and Oakland Athletics' play palaces—Hegenberger Road.
The city of Oakland, with Ellison's encouragement, could turn Hegenberger Road into LeBron James Boulevard.
So, when the Warriors were home, fans could take the LeBron James exit to reach the LeBron James Arena where, well, King James would hold court.
There's no reason that LeBron's likeness—perhaps that Nike ad that includes the phrase, "We Are Witnesses"—couldn't be painted on top of the LeBron James Arena.
To hell with bannering a downtown building with LeBron's likeness. The Warriors could make LeBron's Nike ad visible from outer space.
LeBron's into the hip-hop scene and, is there a hotter spot for hip-hop music than the Oakland-East Bay region that is home to some of the top rappers in the country? LeBron would play alongside Curry, perimeter gunner Anthony Morrow, Ronny Turiaf, and seven-footer Andris Biedrins. Toss Corey Meggette in the starting lineup or flip him for a power forward like Anderson Varejao (a guy who was one of LeBron's favorite teammates in Cleveland).
Still not a team LeBron can win an NBA title with in 2010-2011? Think again. If you add LeBron James to any lineup, the team becomes a threat to win a title.
And, you know, LeBron might be tired of those cold-ass midwestern winters. Ellison can toss in access, any time of the day or night, to a private jet. LeBron's got a day off and wants to go hang out with his boys in Los Angeles? His jet will be waiting to whisk him to a day on the beach, or a night in Los Angeles.
These guys are human and the special touch might be appealing.
Did you see the cheesy music video that Cleveland put together to lure LeBron back?
Imagine the performers the Warriors can gather in Northern California? Rapper Keak de Sneak...with the Tower of Power horns section? Rapper Andre Nickatina with Huey Lewis and the News? Tony Bennett could drop a line about how he flat left his heart in San Francisco, man!
There's a nightlife in San Francisco, if not Oakland. VIP access to, oh, every club in the city must be in Ellison's reach, and LeBron might dig that.
It's personal out here in the Bay. We don't just want LeBron to come over and give us a championship team. We want to have a guy who deserves the love we give our ballers. Hell, we loved Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson! Imagine the love we'd give LeBron to go with the millions he'll get in cash money for playing and, well, for marketing LeBron.
LeBron James Arena, off the LeBron James exit...maybe take it to get to the hottest club in the city...LeBron's Joint...
And, hey, if LeBron insists on following the money to...ugh...New Jersey...Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosch could just as easily play in their own arena on their own boulevard.
The best offer D-Wade has right now is that an AM radio station in Miami is offering to re-name it's programming "Wade-io."
Yeah, how would his poster on top of D-Wade Arena blasting all the way into outer space match that?
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