Cleveland, Ohio – January 24, 2008: Cleveland Cavalier forward, LeBron James has successfully lobbied the Cavaliers ownership group, principled by Dan Gilbert, to put a large New York Yankees logo at center court of the Quicken Loans Arena, replacing the Cavaliers logo. This comes on the heels of the release of a New York Yankee version of LeBron’s signature shoe, as well as the modeling of a Yankee hat worn by LeBron at a Cleveland Indians-New York Yankees playoff game in Cleveland back in October of 2007.
“Cleveland is my team, for now. The Yankees will always be my team.”, said James. “The New York Yankees is such a great and historic franchise which has always been a source of inspiration for me. The mere presence of the ‘NY’ logo drives me to perform at my highest level.”, he added.
While owner Dan Gilbert declined to comment, a team source said that he was very reluctant to go along. However, in the end, Mr. Gilbert’s hands were tied. Considering that LeBron has the option of becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2010 season, the entire Cleveland Cavalier organization has been catering to his every whim. Just last week, LeBron’s children, LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus, were named partial beneficiaries in Mr. Gilbert’s will. In addition, the nickname for the Quicken Loans Arena, “The Q” will now be know as “TQNY.”
Minority owner, entertainer Usher Raymond had this to say, “Look, I’m not going to get Caught Up just because LeBron said ‘I want it My Way‘. We just have to take this thing Nice & Slow. Yeah!, it may Burn in the hearts of fans, but personally, I’m just going to tell them to Pop Ya Collar because I still consider Lebron My Boo.” Mr. Raymond was subsequently punched in the crotch by a passer-by.
LeBron, a native of Ohio, grew up rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bulls, and New York Yankees. One of his most treasured possessions includes a scale model of an old western bandwagon with the logo of each team printed on the canvas. One of the potential NBA MVP’s future aspirations include a redesign of the Cleveland Cavalier uniform to include the logos of his favorite teams, a picture of his face and his children’s faces, and the corporate logos of his sponsors: Sprite, Nike, Bubblicious, Powerade, and Upper Deck. NBA Commissioner David Stern declined to comment.
“Look, I understand that this is a controversial move,” exclaimed LeBron, “but Cleveland fans must understand….the more that I’m around a Yankees logo, whether it be on the court, or on the hats and clothing of the fans in the stands, the better I play.” James went on to say, “Cleveland is the team I play for right now and there’s nothing I can do about that, but there is something that Clevelanders can do about wearing more Yankees gear to our games. Or is it Clevelandites?”
UPDATE: Someone has created an entire website dedicated to recruiting LeBron James to New York City. Check it out here: www.nycforlebron.com