No Nets in LeBron James' Future

Danny Paskas@DannyPaskasSenior Analyst IMay 5, 2009

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LeBron James is the "King of the World" today. 

According to ESPN.com, the 24-year-old won his first MVP award today beating out the likes of Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

James’ Cleveland Cavaliers look like they are on their way to winning it all. LeBron transformed a team, a culture, profit and just about everything else in his first six seasons in the NBA.

LeBron did this all in, gasp, the small market of Cleveland, Ohio where he will most definitely stay put for the rest of his career. 

Seriously, what more can James accomplish in New York with the Knicks or the Nets that he cannot accomplish where he is?

Would a move to New York launch him to even bigger stardom? Will it earn him tons of more money? 

I highly doubt it and I don’t even know why I thought another team in a bigger market could have lured him away from his hometown in the first place.

Well, I have two reasons—the first, which I consider absurd now, was his friendship with part owner of the Nets, Jay-Z. I mean if LeBron does not come to Brooklyn, are they going to stop being friends? Will Jay-Z write a diss song about him?

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The second is the team around James, which I thought and still think is weaker than what the Nets have to offer. However, management did step up and brought in Mo Williams, who gelled perfectly with the LeBron on his way to becoming an All-Star.

I do not remember that well if Michael Jordan went through any of this switching teams speculation, but I highly doubt it was anything like this. Chicago, although a bigger market than Cleveland was still not New York.

Did any team actually think they could have lured Jordan away from Chicago? Did any team look two seasons ahead in order to free up cap room to offer the max contract for Jordan?

Jordan built Chicago and made it a basketball city just like LeBron is doing currently with Cleveland. James does not have to leave Cleveland for a bigger market because he is already making Cleveland a bigger market.

So, please, Nets management and Nets fans stop dreaming of LeBron in a Brooklyn uniform, it’s not going to happen. Focus on the now and a player who we actually have a chance to sign. 

The nucleus is there. The roster, with Devin Harris and Brook Lopez seems to becoming more and more attractive with each passing game.

We will have a good, if not great team in a few short years, it is just not going to include "King" James.

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