LeBron James to the Knicks? How the Latest Signs Point to Him Going to New York

Adrian V.@TheKnicksHaterCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2010

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New York Newsday's Alan Hahn is reporting LeBron James will announce the winner of his own lottery Thursday during a press conference in Greenwich, Connecticut.

To those of you who haven't heard of Greenwich, it's one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country and a suburb of New York City.  Former Knick Allan Houston lives there, as does Lakers great Gail Goodrich, and Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira.

One rumor is LeBron will be speaking live from Houston's home.

In addition to this news, both Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver and recent Dancing with the Stars competitor, Chad Ochocinco, and Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley, tweeted today that sources have told them LeBron is headed to New York.

LeBron and Ochocinco were the state of Ohio's two biggest sports celebrities the past seven years; one can only assume they are buddies or at the very least run in the same circle.

Dudley, of course, is a friend and former teammate of new Knick Amar'e Stoudemire.  It's not a stretch to assume Dudley's source is Stoudemire himself, especially considering the latter has been publicly vocal about recruiting LeBron.

While these two bits of information are arguably the most telling thus far, let's keep two things in mind before we go off the deep end and start placing four-digit bets.


1.  This whole experience has been nothing short of a circus

We don't know what has or hasn't been orchestrated by LeBron's camp.  For all we know, LeBron is leaking the word he's going to speak from Greenwich with the intention of making us lean in one direction so he can say Cleveland and fuel the creation of a new holiday in Northeast Ohio. 

The bottom line is we do not know where he will go; we can only speculate.


2. This says a lot about LeBron James as a person

By putting all of us—especially the Cavaliers organization and its fans—through such a built-for-Hollywood, marketing spectacular, we know LeBron is an egomaniac who is head over heels in love with himself. 

This has nothing to do with basketball, but everything to do with making the LeBron brand the biggest thing since online social networking.


Like most of you, I've spent the past year debating friends, family, strangers, the mailman—everyone and everything short of my dog—on where LeBron is going to sign. 

I adamantly said he would re-sign with the Cavs until a couple weeks ago when ESPN's Stephen A. Smith helped me convince myself the Miami Heat were a realistic option.

A few days ago I posted on Facebook how LeBron would re-sign; I added, "yes, that's my final answer."

Now, after this recent bit of news, I'm leaning towards the Knicks for the very first time.

I'm sure you've all experienced similar sways in emotion and logic.  But regardless of what it is you believe will happen, you must realize this latest bit of news is easily the most telling piece of information we have received thus far.

If LeBron will in fact be making his announcement from a New York City suburb, I think it's safe to say he'll be wearing orange and blue next season.