One of the teams that James strung along...um, we mean courted...was the New Jersey Nets, as well as the New York Knicks, who seemed like they had a reasonable shot at landing arguably the league's best player right up to LBJ's announcement of his decision.
While the Nets never had a whole lot to offer, banished as they are for the next two years to Newark and lacking another superstar who could help James finally win a ring, the team was hoping that the friendship between James and rapper Jay-Z (who is a minority owner of the team) and new majority owner, Russian gazillionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, and his sizable checkbook would be enough to entice his highness to come to New Jersey.
The Nets were also hoping that the team's move to Brooklyn in two years, where with LeBron they would instantly become a cross-river rival with the New York Knicks and a high-profile franchise, would also sway James to the Nets.
But in the end, James chose the Miami Heat and joined two other coveted free agents - Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh - to play in South Florida. And while most people outside of Florida who watched James drag out his announcement on national television during an hour-long episode dubbed "The Decision" on ESPN were, well, disgusted, at least one person saw a silver lining.
Check out this statement from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who felt compelled to weigh in on the drama:
“LeBron James has worked hard in Cleveland, so maybe he needs this vacation in Florida before he moves on to reach his professional zenith — a championship dynasty in Brooklyn, USA.”
Is there nothing that can sway Markowitz's unflinching optimism for the future of Brooklyn? While some people might think that predicting a championship dynasty for the Brooklyn Nets is pure crazy, it's nowhere near as crazy as what Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had to say following LeBron's decision. Check it out here: