by Jack Maidment
As you might expect, there is a lot of conjecture surrounding LeBron James and the choice he will make this coming summer.
Stay or go. That is the question.
From what you read and what you here there are apparently only two options: remain in Cleveland or head to New York.
Fair enough. I am in agreement with almost everybody else in thinking these are the only two realistic and viable options, barring some sort of mythical agreement between Wade, Bosh and James to take less money and start a super team someplace.
Ian O’Connor wrote a piece for ESPN this past week in which he suggests that LeBron simply must go and play for the Knicks because, according to Mr O’Connor New York is much better than every where else.
Or something along those lines.
Apparently winning a championship in NY City is more of a big deal than anywhere else.
I’m going to disagree with that.
And here is why.
Imagine you are the captain of the English football team and through some freak occurrence you end up winning the World Cup in South Africa.
But the team you are playing for isn’t your homeland but Brazil, or Italy, a country to which you have little affinity.
Would lifting the World Cup be special?
But how much better would it be lifting it while representing the country, the people and the communities that run through your veins and make up who you are?
Is the same not transposable to LeBron?
He is after all a young man born and raised in the state of Ohio.
The city he calls his own, Akron, is a matter of minutes from the arena he plays every other night.
Anyone who has seen More Than a Game will know just how much the area means to LeBron.
And yet, all of this seems to be superseded in the minds of writers when they have anything to say on the matter.
Its all about New York being the biggest market and how great Knicks’ fans are and how much fun LeBron would have in the city.
Some of that may be true.
But he already plays for his hometown team and the admiration Cleveland Cavalier fans show him can not be matched anywhere.
Go to New York and he will be loved but not in the same way.
He will be a mercenary waging war for a team and a city with which he has no bond, no connection, except for a liking for one of the baseball teams.
You can forget your bigger market, your smaller amount of money, your great fans, your ‘unsurpassable’ victory parades and everything else that goes with The Big Apple.
All of that pales into insignificance with bringing a title to the place you hold dearest.
Some things cannot be bought.
He will stay.