Danny Ferry and the rest of the Cleveland Cavalier’s front office are desperately trying to surround Lebron James with championship talent. Last season they acquired Mo Williams, now they’ve managed to sign one of the greatest big men in NBA history, Shaquille O’neal.
Despite the Cavs best efforts, Lebron still will leave in 2010. Where will he end up? New York of course, his favorite city.
Lebron has outgrown Cleveland; the market is simply not big enough to give him the exposure that he desires. In contrast, New York is the biggest media market in the U.S., possibly in the world. His image, sports agency and bank account will all benefit from the move.
Maybe I’m a cynic, but I don’t get the feeling Lebron has undying loyalty for the city of Cleveland. Besides, New York has already began unloading players and contracts. Stephon Marbury is gone, Quentin Richardson was given away for cash during last night’s draft and more will follow, just watch.
As for the Lebron/Shaq experiment, it’ll be fun to watch, but they won’t win a title, or even make it out of the Eastern Conference. While most of the attention was given to the Shaq trade, the Orlando Magic, a team that was already better than the Cavs, just upgraded by acquiring Vince Carter.
New York get ready, because ‘King James’ will be a resident next year around this time, he may already be shopping for an apartment in Manhattan.