One of the many constants during a basketball game, besides sweat, yelling, and an amped up crowd, is music. Music gets the blood flowing, keeps the game loose, and is something players like.
Now wouldn't it be interesting to get an idea about where LeBron James will be going or not going— to a soundtrack
"Empire State of Mind "- Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
That will not be James's mindset after July 1st. The Akron Hammer has made it clear that he wants to win immediately. How soon can the New York Knicks win? About as soon as the Chicago Cubs.
There have been articles on this site that were miraculously published, saying that New York has all the pieces that LeBron is looking for in a team: a chance at winning, good young talent, a major spotlight, and of course, money.
The Knicks are not winning anytime soon. Why?
If good young talent is Toney Douglas (yes, that has been labeled a selling point), then your team is not very talented. LeBron has the choice to work alongside real young talent like Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Michael Beasley, Derrick Favors, Brook Lopez, and even J.J. Hickson, if you consider his upside. Yeah, Toney Douglas is clearly a strong selling point compared to the list you just read.
New York is a great market to play in, no doubt. But when that market is dominated by two baseball and football teams, it is rare to see the Knicks on the back cover for something positive. Even if LeBron comes to the Big Apple, he would lose headlines in October (postseason baseball), and every Sunday. Basketball has not, and will not be the prized sport in that city any time soon.
"Welcome To Miami"- Will Smith
This song is being played on as many MP3 players as there are players on the current Heat roster. Don't forget that James Jones was waived today too.
Miami has good weather in the winter and Dwayne Wade, who appears to be returning to South Beach. He is persuading free agents to join him by slandering other teams, and meeting with the big-money free agents at his stomping grounds. While that is all well and good, there has been, and only will be, one star in southern Florida: D-Wade.
LeBron wants to have the spotlight shining on him, while having talented players and role guys flanking him. Wade is not a secondary star to anyone, and will never take a role like that.
Case in point, bashing Chicago.
While D-Wade showed angst towards his hometown team, he forgot to do one thing: his homework. In case you have been living under a rock, Wade called the Chicago Bulls a franchise that does not have loyalty tied to its name. He claimed that stars such as Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were never seen around the team, or at games following their departures in the late '90s.
Well, Mr. Wade, forgot to recall the big contract paid out to Pippen to allow him to retire on top, and the gambling problems that the team helped cover up for MJ during the glory years. Wade also forgot to mention that numerous Bulls alumni have worked with the team in many capacities.
Wade's main reason for slandering the Bulls, besides the obvious, was to steal headlines from James, who is considered the biggest superstar of the 2010 free agency class, eclipsing even Wade himself.
"Cleveland Rocks" - The Presidents of The United States of America via Ian Hunter
The club that continues to scare the majority of competing teams in courting James is Cleveland. The Cavs have an advantage that no other team can have. LeBron is from Akron, Ohio, and enjoyed playing for the home team. Anyone in the know has to consider LeBron staying home as a viable option.
Despite being close to his backyard though, James has not mentioned other reasons as to why he would stay long-term there. And last season, on multiple occasions, he seemed to take control of games because he did not trust his supporting cast.
Also, do not discount the Delonte West rumors, as silly as they may be. Any time a player has his family tossed into rumors, they become vulnerable. Just about the same time that the West rumors started, James pretty much mailed it in during the playoff series against the Boston Celtics.
Do keep an eye on what James says (and does not say) about Cleveland after July 1st.
The Los Angeles Clippers have a puncher's chance to sign King James. So in return, they get a puncher's mention in this article.
It is hard to make a case as to why LeBron James would not choose the Chicago Bulls. He would get his money, his talented supporting cast (and maybe another superstar from the free agency class), and be relatively close to home.
And get over the MJ comparisons! Lebron will. Kobe was not scared off by playing for Magic and Kareem's team. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce starred in Boston despite what Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Bill Russell accomplished before them. All of today's stars relish the opportunity, and LeBron is no different.
Just like every report that has been coming out, this article is JUST speculation. You can agree or take it with a grain of salt. Either way, some arguments were made for, and against four major LeBron suitors.
July 1st cannot come soon enough!