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Lebron James to Meet Chicago Penny Pincher

A rapper and a Russian, an Irishman, a guy from Cleveland and a Jew: sounds like the start to a good joke. It’s also the setup to what might be the most intriguing N.B.A. off-season ever.  Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, … Read More

By / July 1, 2010

A rapper and a Russian, an Irishman, a guy from Cleveland and a Jew: sounds like the start to a good joke.

It’s also the setup to what might be the most intriguing N.B.A. off-season ever.  Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Amar’e Stoudemire are all coveted players, but the real prize, as everybody knows, is LeBron James.  Will he go to New York, New Jersey/Brooklyn, Miami, stay in Cleveland, or will he follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, and head to Chicago? One thing is for sure, if he decides the latter, a man who is has "developed a reputation nationally over the years as somewhat of a penny pincher", Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, will have to probably consider not living up to the most Jewish of stereotypes, and give King James everything he wants.  According to ESPN, Reinsdorf might just have to be the better salesman:

After the basketball potion of the conversation is finished, Reinsdorf has to sell James on the idea that he can help the 25 year-old become the business force he’s always dreamed of being. Reinsdorf has plenty of contacts in the business world and he must lay them out for James, much the same way new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov certainly will when he brings in Jay-Z for his face-to-face meeting with James.

So many subplots here.  Will the Jew trump the Russian?  Can Reinsdorf overcome his cheapness?  Will LeBron do the most anti-climatic thing, and stay in Cleveland?  I’m sure we will have to wait all summer to find out.