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At the ACC for Bruins/Leafs.
(David) Carter (executive director of the Sports Business Institute at USC) said (LeBron) James’ move from a relatively small market in Cleveland to South Florida is akin to the 1988 NHL trade that sent Wayne Gretzky—hockey’s biggest star at the time—from Edmonton to Los Angeles, a move that gave the game new cachet in the United States and especially the Sun Belt.
-via Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald.
One big difference, Gretzky went to LA with multiple Cups, LeBron going to Miami without a championship.
We should be thankful this is not prevalent in the NHL. Probably the closest player would be Alexander Ovechkin, but you cannot put him in the same category as LeBron James.
If the NHL ever gets to this point, you can cross my name off of the fan list.
from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,
It’s Day Five since LeDecision rocked America, and we haven’t even begun cleaning up the ego droppings and broken fantasies. It’s amazing and polarizing and all-encompassing, and there’s more than enough embarrassment to go around.
Everyone involved is stained by this grand confluence of ego, passion and hypocrisy, so don’t try to pin it just on LeBron James. He’s a great basketball player turned into a caricature, a King without a Ring, addicted to hype, but he’s not the lone clown in this show.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert joined the fun with his childish, hypocritical whine, accusing James of “cowardly betrayal.” Of course, Gilbert was merrily willing to play the butt-smooching superstar game right up until the moment the superstar bit him.
Then naturally, the Rev. Jesse Jackson had to jump in for his slice of ego nourishment, accusing Gilbert of a “slave master mentality.” That’s a laughable, shameless attention grab by Jackson, and it’s not worth deep discussion.
via John Steigerwald at the Indiana (PA.) Gazette,
Sidney Crosby wins again.
I think it’s safe to say that Sidney Crosby is the LeBron James of the NHL. Valid arguments can be made that he’s not the best player in the league but just about everybody would agree that he’s the face of the league. Can you imagine him being involved in a circus like the one that LeBron James starred in Thursday night?
Never happen. Too much class.
You know you’re dealing with a guy who has lost all perspective when he starts referring to himself in the third person.
Thursday night James said, ``I did what I thought was best for LeBron James,’’ when asked about his decision to sign with the Miami Heat.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard Crosby (or Mario Lemieux, for that matter) refer to himself by name and I’d be willing to bet a lot of money that I never will.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
As the LeBron James saga has played out over the last many months, the mind keeps drifting back to one year ago, when Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash decided to sign an extension and avoid a circus.
Yes, James is a global superstar. (I feel greasy even typing those words.) He is known on every continent and is marketable to myriad demographics. Nash, meanwhile, is a star in central Ohio, in Canada and among NHL fans. Big difference.
But there’s also a big difference in how the athletes have handled the process, and Columbus isn’t even Nash’s hometown.
From Mike Zeisberger at Sun Media:
Heading into his upcoming showdown against Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL’s most electrifying superstar is getting the support of NBA royalty.
If Alexander Ovechkin was wondering who might be in his corner in this star-studded second-round showdown between his Washington Capitals and the Penguins, he received his answer this morning courtesy of a gift from LeBron (The King) James.
James, whose CIeveland Cavaliers await the identity of their second-round opponent in the NBA playoffs, sent The Great 8 a personally-signed Cavaliers jersey.
“To Alexander The Great. Keep Up The Good Work. King James,” it said, scrawled across the jersey’s white numbers in James’s personal handwriting.
from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,
I was getting ready to go into the Wizards locker room when I was told Alex Ovechkin would meet LeBron James in the other direction, and so I switched directions too. Because the Wizards will win more games and have more feel-good moments, but it’s a pretty rare thing to watch two of the greatest athletes in the world meet for the first time.
added 12:21pm, Watch video of the meeting below…