The Nets as the World's Team. That's basically Mikhail Prokhorov's pitch...and there's every indication free agents are listening. Al Iannazzone reports LeBron James is most interested in meeting the new owner, quoting "someone close to the situation" as saying, "LeBron really wants to meet Prokhorov and see what he's about. He's really interested in meeting him."
No disrespect to Rod Thorn or Jay-Z, but it's Prokhorov who's the big draw, say sources talking to both Iannazzone and Fred Kerber.
Iannazzone adds quotes that'll cause Nets fans' hearts to palpitate, but cautions things will change...daily. "He's coming to New Jersey," Iannazzone quotes "someone close to James". He also quotes "multiple NBA sources" as saying the Nets have as good a shot as Chicago.
Alan Hahn of Newsday reports Sunday that although "the Chicago Bulls have been promoted by several national media outlets as the most likely destination for James, several NBA insiders believe the Nets may be emerging late as front-runners in the LeBron Sweepstakes."
- LeBron James eager to hear Prokhorov's pitch from Nets - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Nets' hopes of landing James rest with Prokhorov - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Recruitment of LeBron James tops on departing Nets president Rod Thorn's to-do list - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
- NBA Draft winners and losers - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
- Newark is an opportunity for LeBron James, not a deal breaker - Steve Politi - Star-Ledger
- Newark set to become tourism mecca - Philip Read - Star-Ledger
Knicks, Nets begin competition for LeBron on Thursday - Alan Hahn - New York Newsday
- James Not Planning Visits; Bulls Are Said to Move to Front in Chase to Land Him - Jonathan Abrams - New York Times
Rev Up the Yacht - It’s N.B.A. Free-Agent Season - Ken Belson - New York Times
- Walsh, D'Antoni, Houston will meet with LeBron July 1 - Frank Isola - New York Daily News
- LeBron's keeping his distance from Knicks - Cormac Gordon - Staten Island Advance
- Now the moment we've all been waiting for - Shaun Powell - NBA.com
Free agents by the numbers: Alpha males, floor generals - John Schuhmann - NBA.com
- For LeBron James' free-agent decision, the only voice that truly matters is his own - Brian Windhorst - Cleveland Plain-Dealer
- Time is running out for a winning pitch to keep LeBron with Cleveland Cavaliers - Terry Pluto - Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Two keys may keep LeBron in town - Jason Lloyd - Akron Beacon-Journal
- Chicago most likely destination for Lebron James - John Jackson - Chicago Sun-Times
Bulls give James the best chance to win - Mike McGraw - Chicago Daily Herald
- King James Holds Court Like a True Royal - Tom Ziller - FanHouse
D-Wade, Chris Bosh prep for free agency tour; LeBron staying home - DIME