Originally Posted by Eric_the_Red
You think he (and Kobe) aren't already compared to Jordan? You don't think they view Jordan's career as "the goal" themselves?
Chicago, with Rose & Noah, gives LeBron the best chance to win immediately and often. Plus, it is a larger market for him, which means more $$.
Yeah, but why go to Chicago and *literally* live in Jordan's shadow (as opposed to anyplace else, where Jordan is the hypoethetical comp) when you can go to New York and create a new legacy for yourself?
Money isn't an issue for LeBron -- he's an international marketing machine. He'll make more money than he knows what to do with no matter where he ends up playing. He's going to head where the lights are brightest, where the stage is largest, and where he can cement a legacy for hismelf. That's New York (or Brooklyn, if he heads to the Nets).
And don't think David Stern won't be involved, to some extent, in this process. If LeBron is leaving Cleveland, it's in the NBA's best interest to have him in New York -- if for no other reason than to make the franchise competitive again.