If food can be used as an enticement, the sweeter the deal the better to get on a fast track to the L-Train.
Cleveland Cavaliers fans are growing “Beards for LeBron.”
A group of 75 Los Angeles Clippers fans marched in the street chanting “L-B-J” and “We Want the King!”
Followers of the Dallas Mavericks started the website lebrontothemavs.com, to which the Mavericks' owner, Mark Cuban, tweeted a link to the site, observing, “Gotta love Mavs fans!!”
No less than President Barack Obama weighed in on the LeBron issue by encouraging King James to use his free agency to sign up with the Chicago Bulls. No worry. Obama still is concentrating most of his attention on health care and the economy while the rest of us put our lives on hold long enough to wait breathlessly for The Chosen One to tell us where he will play.
New York, New York
The team with perhaps the largest interest, and maybe the most at stake, in signing the Cavaliers’ free agent is the New York Knicks. It also has lousy players and likely the least chance at being successful at winning the LeBron James sweepstakes.
But that hasn’t stopped its fans from enticing, almost pleading with, the player.
New York City itself has launched a “C’mon LeBron” page at its website www.nycgo.com. “It’s a chance for all of NYC to get together to show the world’s greatest athlete why he belongs in the world’s greatest city,” the website explains.
Months ago, Jon Stewart, host of TV’s “The Daily Show,” jokingly tried to lure LeBron to New York by offering him a Shake Shack burger and milkshake, telling him to use it as “food for thought.”
“I know you love burgers ... I know you love Swensons (an Ohio burger chain). Are you familiar with Shake Shack?” Stewart supposedly asked.
“I’m familiar with Shaq Shack,” the player jested, speaking of his teammate.
More recently, New York restaurants named menu items after LeBron. Jimmy’s BBQ has the “King James All-You-Can-Eat Rib Feast.” Second Avenue Deli offers the apparently huge and unhealthy “King James Heart Attack.”
Then famous New York chef Mario Batali — “as a welcome” — tried to lure LeBron with free food, pledging to cook the basketball star dinner every two weeks. The offer — let’s call it a bribe — apparently competes with Cleveland chef Michael Simon, who promised to cook James an “Iron Chef”-type dinner once a month.
Will play for food?
If food can be used as an enticement, the sweeter the deal the better to get on a fast track to the L-Train, a Friendly’s offer counters.
“Cleveland Friendly’s have sweetened the deal for LeBron James to stay put,” the press release explained. “If James stays in Cleveland, they will give him a free carton of Friendly’s ice cream each week for the term of his contract.
With negotiation, Friendly’s might be able to be convinced to also name a flavor after James. Butterscotch LeBron?
Great. Let’s say this offer wins. Between Simon’s meal and this dessert, sometime in the second year of his contract, LeBron probably will weigh a fast-break-slowing 450 pounds. There is a curse on Cleveland.
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