Cavs land Shaq, but Lebron’s NYC bound in 2010

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.

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  1. I understand that Lebron loves NYC and it is the biggest market in the world, but the Knicks are crap. They are one of the worst teams in the East. If he wants to be the next MJ then he needs to win multiple titles. He won't be doing that soon in NYC. Also he can't get more money in New York. NBA rules will allow Cleveland to give him the most money and he already gets all the endorsment deals he wants. I understand the a lot of your points, but there are just as many reasons for him to go somewhere else. Chicago, Miami, Orlando, and Detroit all have a much better chance of winning a title before the Knicks. NYC may want Lebron, but should Lebron really want to go to the joke that is the Knicks?

  2. Los Brown says:

    Sure the Knicks have been horrible the last 5 or 6 years, but if they are able to lure another All-Star there to play alongside Lebron, they'll have a chance to win in the near future. Remember that the Bulls were a bad team when MJ joined too but eventually he did win there. The Cavs have reached their potential, that team can't get any better. Your views were pretty valid also, but despite the adverse conditions in NYC, Lebron will be a Knick.

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