Lucky’s sports book has a proposition on the board that asks which team LeBron James will score his first points of the 2010-11 season. The favorites are the Bulls and Knicks at 9 to 5, followed by the Heat (2-1), Cavaliers (9-2), Nets (8-1), the Clippers (30-1), and anyone else (5-1).
The proposition is sure to garner lots of attention as everyone in the sports world – for whatever reason – seems to have an opinion on where or why LeBron should go to a certain city.
My feeling on the matter is that he should stay in Cleveland. I believe that LeBron is a player who cares a lot about his legacy and how he is thought of long after his career is over. He knows that all the greats made things happen from where they started.
Players like Magic, Kobe, Bird and Jordan all became champions with the team they started with. Does he want to be in that class or does he want to show everyone he has to go somewhere else to win the title, like Kevin Garnett (formerly of the Timberwolves) had to do.
For that reason alone, I think LeBron James stays in Cleveland. Really, how much money can Lebron make? He already has it all; there’s not much more he can make and he can’t really become more popular. If he were to go somewhere else, it somewhat taints his legacy and there is no guarantee that he wins more than he already does in Cleveland.
Chicago? Come on, that’s Jordan’s city, still. Even if he were to win a title there, he’s still in the shadows of Jordan’s six championships; who needs that pressure?
New York? That is crazy; they are the worst-run team in sports history. All of a sudden they sign Lebron and they’re a contender? Fagetaboutit!
Miami? Why would he want to go to a team where he might be upstaged by a teammate, when he’s supposed to be the superstar.
New Jersey? Lebron and rapper-team owner Jay-Z are close, but really, Jay-Z couldn’t even run his 40-40 club at the Palazzo properly before it had to shut down.
Stay at home, Lebron! The people of Ohio love you and you love them. It’s your home, where you grew up, don’t burn that bridge. Create that legacy for yourself that is unique and stands the test of time. Be that icon of Ohio who stands shoulder-to-shoulder with legends like Jim Brown.