Why Would LeBron James Ever Want To Come to New Jersey?

Rachel MarcusCorrespondent IJune 30, 2010

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Looking at LeBron James' free agency options, why the heck would he want to come to Jersey?

For one, the team just got out of their arena that existed on a swamp, which basically describes what people think of when they think of New Jersey (unfairly so).

The Nets won 12 games in 2009-2010. If it were me, the Nets' situation wouldn't seem very appealing, and that's coming from a Nets fan.

But here's the thing that's keeping the New Jersey Nets in the hunt—mystique.

The Nets have a new Russian owner, music mogul Jay-Z, and two great players in Devin Harris and Brook Lopez. On top of that, they just drafted Derrick Favors and Damion James.

Doesn't sound like a 12-win team, does it?

Plus, the Nets are moving to Newark this season (not that Newark's all that enticing), but the Nets have the aura of Brooklyn in the future.

LeBron won't have to wait long until he gets to Brooklyn, which is just as good as Manhattan in certain ways.

Sure, he could go to L.A. and play for the Clippers, but I think the Clips may be the one team whose name rings a more sour bell than the Nets.

And barring a shocking move, I doubt he'll stay in Cleveland.

Yes, he could go to Chicago, Dallas, or Miami and party it up, but those cities aren't New York.

And as for the Knicks, who do play in New York, their core somehow manages to be worse off than that of the 12-win Nets.

With all of that being said, I still think it would be a wild card if LeBron landed with the Nets.

But it could happen. Is it a long shot? Yes. But is it possible? Definitely.

Who knows, maybe LeBron will surprise us and take a bite out of the Big Apple...I mean New Jersey.