The most compelling reason for LeBron James to stay in Cleveland

Ronald MonestimeCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 07:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates with teammate Leon Powe #44 after defeating the Boston Celtics, 124-95 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 7, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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“Born here. Raised here. Plays here. STAYS HERE.”

Are these the words that were echoing through the mind of LeBron James as he listened to the impassioned recruiting pitch of New York Knicks owner James Dolan, President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh, Assistant to the President Allan Houston and head coach Mike D’Antoni?

Possibly.

What can be said for certain though is the New York contingent that met with James and his team gave the two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player ample food for thought about the prospect of trying a Knick uniform on for size.

In addition to playing in the Big Apple, a city that he has called his favorite, James would have the opportunity to resurrect one of the league’s marquee franchises, with the assistance of another elite free agent player, while achieving iconic status in, arguably, the greatest city in the world today.

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