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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Dec 18 2010 @ 2:12 am In Miami Heat | No Comments

The New York Knicks were supposed to sign LeBron James - at least that’s what fans in New York thought.  They were telling anyone who would listen that LeBron would leave the “erie” Cleveland for the bright lights of New York.  What was the main reasoning behind this thought?  Well, it’s New York, everyone wants to play in the “Big Apple!”  Others simply said that no other market could give James more in terms of marketing opportunities and dollars.  Apparently, these same people forgot that LeBron was given a shoe contract upwards of $100 million dollars by Nike before he ever played a game.  He never needed New York, but that city felt that they were entitled to him.  Enter Miami…

Dwyane Wade has been one of James’ closest friends since the two NBA stars entered the league together in 2003.  This was something the Knicks - or for that matter most other teams - could not offer LeBron: the chance to play with an elite player who  also happens to be a close friend.  Miami has South Beach while New York has … Coney Island.  Have you ever been to Coney Island?  That place makes an August carnival in Hialeah seem like a professional environment.  I mean really, the fact that anyone would think that an athlete like James needs a major market, or more specifically THE major market, for anything is ridiculous.  “King James” is the most recognizable player in the NBA today(he used to be the most popular too) and yet he’s probably not even the best player on his team. 

On Friday night, James recorded a triple-double at the expense of New York - but in the first half this was a competitive game.  It wasn’t until the third quarter that the Heat started to pull away.  Wade and Chris Bosh dropped 26 points apiece on the Knicks.  As Miami rolled 113-91, fans in South Florida smiled as they thought about the events of the summer of 2010.  New York expected to get one or two of these free agents.  The Heat got all three.

CPR 12-18-2010

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