As basketball fans it's hard to fathom the thought that people don't know who LBJ is. Everyone we talk to. Everything we read online or in magazines or see on TV, gives us that pigeon hole perception that everyone must know who LBJ is. In reality we are the minority. There are billionaire owners of multi billion dollar industries out there that have no clue who LBJ is or even that Cleveland is a city in Ohio (unless they have a factory out there) That is the market that LBJ and his team of advisors want to cater too. Sure, in these days with the internet and national TV, athletes don't have to be playing for big market teams to be nationally recognized or even globally. But if they intend to make muti-million dollars outside of their sports contract, it's only natural that they will be attracted to big city markets because that is were they will get it. Especially when their playing days are done. Smart people (athletes) realize that you have to network and sell yourself when your popularity is at or close to it's peak. Maximize you potential. When you are done playing or your at the downside of your career, people just don't give a #*ck anymore. Look at people like Clemons, Sosa, Bonds and McGwire. They made MLB billions of dollars and fans happy. No body was complaining when fans were entertained and MLB owners were caking off of what these players were doing even if they were cheating and not using there natural abilities. As soon as they couldn't provide that anymore, everyone turned on them. Same thing with Vick. Same thing with AI and so on and so on. It's a what have you done for me lately kind of world. You better maximize your worth when your on top because when you fall it's hard to be a factor.
Which brings me back to LBJ. His main goal outside of winning a few titles is to be the first billion dollar athlete. (Tiger might get there first) But I'm sure LBJ woudn't mind being the second if that was the case. His best shot of making that a reality is by being in NY and CONSTANTLY rubbing elbows with the CEO's of multi billion dollar industries. If he wants to be in the movie business, LA is his choice. Auto industry, Detroit. Advertising NY or Chicago. If he wants to be in the music industry, fashion, TV, magazine, Wall Street or any Fortune 500 company which has corporate offices in NY then NY is his choice. Can he do it with out playing for NY, possibly! But he'll have a better chance in NY. Magic used his popularity to do the same thing in LA. He would shoot hoops and play golf and develop relationships with people that can educate him on how to be a successful entrepreneur. He even built partnerships at that time. LBJ would be applying the same tactic but on a much grander scale. Not to mention these billionaires would use him now to further their wealth by using his popularity and reaching a market that they may not currently have. I'm sure Nike and other companies have a deal that he would make more money playing for NY as well. A move to NY would create such a media and endorsement buzz that the first year alone will rival what he has done off the court in the past 4 years of being in the league.
Lets not forget about the "Stern" factor too. The NBA and Stern would make millions of more dollars if LBJ got NY deep in the playoffs and playing for a championship. The Spurs are one of the best teams this past decade and have 4 championships. (just as much as the Lakers) Yet they always draw low rating in the finals and the Cavs vs Spurs finals was one of the lowest ever. Can you imagine what ratings and revenue would come in if LA and NY w/ LBJ would bring in? More than Lakers Cavs (even with the extra intrigue of Shaq). I wouldn't be shocked if David "Mafioso" Stern had his peoples talk to LBJ peoples to put pressure on making that move. Of course we would never know. In the forefront it seems like this move is all about LBJ but in the grand scheme of things many companies; many people stand to make millions if not billions of dollars from this move. How much pressure do you think is on LBJ shoulders!
As far as basketball sense, yea Cavs have a better team than last year. (I still think Orlando is a bad matchup for them and loosing Kuester is going to hurt their offense) But can you honestly tell me that if LBJ was on the Knicks last year and say Harrington was on the Cavs, that the LBJ Knicks wouldnt have been better than the Cavs? Also another factor to consider. The Cavs are spending money to try and keep LBJ happy and want to stay, but do you think their owners are going to be willing to spend a lot of money and pay luxury taxes for the next decade in order to keep a competitive team out there year in and year out. I don't. They don't have a history of that. NY will. They been doing it for the past decade with a garbage team. So you know they would be more than willing to do it for a playoff caliber team, lol.
As far as the Nets go. As long as they are in Jersey, LBJ is not going there. Even if Jay-Z lets LBJ tap Beonce, lol. Their owner, Bruce Ratner; is trying to sell the team and the Atlantic Yards cause it's looking more and more like he won't be able to build that arena and condos like he planned. LBJ won't go their with a promise that they will move to BK in a few years. If they are not breaking ground now and have it ready in 2 years, he is not coming. Even though their roster looks more promising now than the Knicks.
At the end of the day I still think it's 50-50. None of us really know and I'm tired of hurting my head about it. We'll just have to wait and see. One thing we will also find out is ” Does comfort and loyalty have a price!”
Yes- last season with LeBron on the Knicks & Harrington on the Cavs....absolutely the Knicks would be better than the Cavs & it wouldnt be close
I'm kind of tired of it myself. It's been non stop for the past year and it won't stop for another year or maybe 2. But everything I read is more about about does it make basketball sense and there is a lot more to it than that.