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Suns' Jared Dudley says LeBron James is going to New York

Jul 7, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for lebron_james_arty.jpgI really hope Jared Dudley is wrong about this, because if he’s right we’re all going to be hearing damn Jay-Z and Alicia Keys on a loop for the next year.

Phoenix Suns bench guy and growing media darling (he is one of the best interviews in the game) Jared Dudley is saying it is NYC for LeBron James. Here’s the tweet.

Breaking News!!! My sources tell me Lebron will announce that he will be goin to the NY KNICKS tomorrow on ESPN.. This is serious.. WOW!!!!

Now, please enjoy some salt with this while we look at it again for a second.

I don’t know who Dudley’s source is. But, Dudley played for the Phoenix Suns last year. Right along side Amare Stoudemire. Who is about to be a Knick and has spent the last few days desperately recruiting LeBron. And Amare would have personal interest in leaking that information. And plenty of people in several camps would love to create Cleveland vs. New York tension to bump the television show ratings. And….

It may or may not be true. The teams are in the dark right now. But Dudley is not alone, sources all over the NBA are saying NYC is right there right now. Then again, LeBron could change his mind seven times between now and tomorrow night, and nobody would be shocked, would they? Dudley may well be right. Right now.

  1. bigwilliestyle - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    How many rings might KG have if he had met us with Pierce and Allen a few years earlier? Also example of a great player who finally jumped ship…get with the times.

  2. sarahpalinishot - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    dunk your ball in my basket

  3. NBA Fan - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    you guys are all wrong.. the Maloof brothers are selling the Sacramento Kings franchise to Lebron. Whereby he will re-name it the Lebron Kings, and proceed to move it to a city of his choosing… or just rotate it to 3-4 cities a year…
    The Lebron – Las Vegas – Seattle – Sacramento – Ohio – KINGS!

  4. Thomas - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    KG isn’t a good comparison though. He wasn’t in the prime of his career when he went to Boston. He left a struggling franchise to chase a ring.
    The only player that comes to mind in any sport to switch teams during the prime of a hall of fame career is Arod. Look where that got him? Rings? yes. Fan love???? Not even the favorite Yankee next to Jeter.
    It just depends on what LeBron wants. If he wants to have a shot at being mentioned in the same breath of MJ he can’t leave Cleveland. He would have to stay and win championships. If he leaves Cleveland no matter how many rings he wins it will always come with an asterisk of couldn’t get it done in Cleveland.
    Not saying he’ll win any rings in Cleveland… Just that if he stays in Cleveland he defines the city. If he leaves Cleveland the city defines him. You’ll NEVER be mentioned in the same breath as MJ with a city defining you. You won’t even be in the next rung down conversation with Kobe if that happens.
    At the end of the day Cleveland, Chicago, The Nets and New York have the same amount rings over the last 7 seasons as LeBron does. Zero!

  5. Jon - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Me being a knick fan would love to haven Lebron come to New York, but I get this gut feeling he won’t. But it would be nice to rub it in the faces of Knick haters.

  6. Chitown Down - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Wow. Good on the Knicks if they get LBJ. As a Bulls fan from way back, I don’t like it but I respect it. That being said, I hope Dudley is wrong. It would be great to see another statue in front of our stadium!

  7. kficc - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    New York is the right play without a doubt. The only reason the Knicks have been the worst team for ten years is a guy by the name of Isiah Thomas. He pulled one over on Dolan, possibly literally. That is the only explanation of why he stayed as long as he did. But Isiah’s crip is almost off and after that loser Curry comes off the books they are set to be back in power. Lebron knows it, Amare told him. Carmelo I’m sure has told him as well. Strange Carmelo is not resigning yet. hmmm. Think they talk like Wade and Bosh talk. I am sure they do. New York is the only place he can get everything he wants. He tried with Cleveland up until yesterday but Bosh turning him down was just proof that no one wants to play in Cleveland. Who could blame them, the only meaningful profitable thing in Cleveland is Lebron. Period. He is being forced to pick New York because Cleveland is a dead town. Nets had a shot but are 2 years off. I would be shocked if he picked the Nets and played in Newark with nothing. He wont go to Chicago and play under Jordans shadow. Wont go to Miami and play with 2 other stars. That lowers the endorsements for him. He could give a crap about the salary, the endorsements is what he cares about. I think I read Clippers, yeah right. He would almost go to Kobe’s city. That would make sense. Sorry folks, it only leaves New York. And in 2 years the NBA will play up the East Coast-West Coast rivalry and put his stock thru the roof reaching billianaire status. Sure worked for Tupac and Biggie. Somehow I dont think Lebron and Kobe will kill each other. GO KNICKS!!!!!!!

  8. JoeA - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    When Walt Bellamy was traded by the Knicks to Detroit for Dave DeBusschre. Willis Reed was moved permenantly into the center position. And all the karmac pieces fell into place to form one of the great teams of all time. That was excitement and destiny. And does anyone remember what any of the players were paid? Lebron and Amare and D Wade and C Bosh are all great players and admittedly so much fun to watch. But all the money seems to get more attention than the players and the chemistry and the loyalty and the great, sacred game.

  9. John - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    My sources in Dubuque tell me he’s going to the Supersonics…wait that can’t be right.

  10. Joe Boista - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    With Wade and Bosh, LeBron could basically gaurentee himself multiple championships, whereas in new york, he could not do that with Amare and whoever else is in new york

  11. ELeCTRiC WiRE HuSTLER - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Listen…I love all of the silly speculation that’s coming from you guys. But the only thing you should be thinking of is when has LeBron ever won a ring…NEVERRRRRR!!!
    The kid has been strictly all about his money for the last 7 years. For god sakes the kid was pushing an $80,000 H2 at the age of 17…Look him now!!!!
    The boy has sick money, but his Forbes Celebrity 100 is only ranked #28. I am pretty sure he would like to be in the top 10 since he considers himself the KING of sports! There’s lots of money to made and isn’t going to come from Miami or Chicago.
    Furthermore, Cleveland has never built a strong core superstars around him to get the rings he deserves, and this is because he has always wanted the spotlight and attention for himself. He’s definitely not a selfish player, but he wants to be ruler of the spotlight. He’ll make sure that he’s the KING on whatever team signs to. Bottom line, For him to obtain the best sports marketing, the most edorsments,franchise ownership, most money money and celeb status he has to go to the NY Knicks!
    All of you can respond after tonight’s historical media!

  12. ELeCTRiC WiRE HuSTLER - Jul 8, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Listen…I love all of the silly speculation that’s coming from you guys. But the only thing you should be thinking of is when has LeBron ever won a ring…NEVERRRRRR!!!
    The kid has been strictly all about his money for the last 7 years. For god sakes the kid was pushing an $80,000 H2 at the age of 17…Look him now!!!!
    The boy has sick money, but his Forbes Celebrity 100 is only ranked #28. I am pretty sure he would like to be in the top 10 since he considers himself the KING of sports! There’s lots of money to made and isn’t going to come from Miami or Chicago.
    Furthermore, Cleveland has never built a strong core superstars around him to get the rings he deserves, and this is because he has always wanted the spotlight and attention for himself. He’s definitely not a selfish player, but he wants to be ruler of the spotlight. He’ll make sure that he’s the KING on whatever team signs to. Bottom line, For him to obtain the best sports marketing, the most edorsments,franchise ownership, most money money and celeb status he has to go to the NY Knicks!
    All of you can respond after tonight’s historical media!

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