Thursday, March 26, 2009

Swamp Thing

You know how over the last few years we've been beaten over the head with stories from "reputable" media sources like ESPN saying that Lebron is headed to Brooklyn in 2010 to play for the Jay-Z owned Nets? Well, it seems like such talk may have been a little premature . . . And by premature, I mean partially fabricated and completely misleading.

You see, Jay-Z reportedly only owns about 1.47% of the Nets. That we've known for quite some time. But perhaps more important is the news coming out of yesterday's New York Post that the Nets are most definitely NOT moving to Brooklyn:

The renowned architect who designed Brooklyn's embattled Atlantic Yards project
says he now believes it will never be built because of the economic downturn. In
an interview with The Architect's Newspaper, Frank Gehry yesterday referred to
Bruce Ratner's $4 billion plan to bring an NBA arena and 16 residential-office
towers to Prospect Heights as one of several "unrealized commissions" he most
wishes had been built. "I don't think it's going to happen . . .

More than two years after officials approved the project in December 2006, little work has been done, private land remains to be acquired, and Ratner is scrambling to keep the project afloat. There is no timeline to compete the plan anymore. At best, construction on the arena and, perhaps, one of the skyscrapers could begin this year and possibly be completed by late 2011.

So, based on this article, it would appear that if Lebron shows up to play for the Nets in Brooklyn in 2010, he's going to be sorely disappointed and roughly 20 miles away from where any Nets games are actually taking place. Sadly, if Lebron wants to play "for" Jay-Z, he's going to have to do it in the house formerly known as Brendan Byrne Arena. Now I know downtown Cleveland isn't exactly paradise but if there's one place on earth that it trumps, it's the swamps of New Jersey. But don't start breathing too easily Cavs fans because there's always the Knicks; You know, that flagship NBA franchise full of tradition, stocked with great players, and coached by a wizard of all facets of the game. Face it Cleveland: Lebron is outta here. Stephen A. Smith told me so.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your right, i should be quoting..YOU? you have some words of wisdom on your posts...Hey lets tear down browns stadium and put a casino up! gosh what an insightful thought. Or "while I agree we should trade Braylon and stockpile draft picks (even though I'm almost sure he's going to make at least one more pro-bowl in his career)" Everyone should take such a bold stance as you do on the braylong edwards. Are you sure, or almost sure? your rhetoric is hard to decipher.

Ron said...

Your right, i should be quoting..YOU? you have some words of wisdom on your posts...Hey lets tear down browns stadium and put a casino up! gosh what an insightful thought. Or "while I agree we should trade Braylon and stockpile draft picks (even though I'm almost sure he's going to make at least one more pro-bowl in his career)" Everyone should take such a bold stance as you do on the braylong edwards. Are you sure, or almost sure? your rhetoric is hard to decipher.

Biff said...

First of all, look up the difference between your and you're. Second, understand that when I'm talking about daydreaming of tearing down Browns stadium, I'm sort of, you know, kidding. I thought that would be a little more obvious. Third, yes, we should probably trade Braylon because although he's talented and will probably regain his form, that's unlikely to happen in his present situation.

Done. No more Browns. This is an Indians and Cavs blog for at least the next month.

lenny k said...

Alright, give the people what they want...thank god i dont have to read any more rediculous reads by you on the browns.

Biff said...

Fair enough. We can agree to disagree on that one.

JWGuidinger said...

An even better slap in the grill to Nets is the fact that there's been some push to move the Nets to lovely Newark:

http://www.observer.com/2009/real-estate/jersey-pol-takes-swipe-bruce-ratners-arena-deal

As the often politically incorrect (and often hilarious) Joe Tait said the other night: "They'll have to go to games in groups of 5 or more."

lenny k said...

God knows I love Joe tait- one of the greats in radio.


Biff- Ill agree to that.

Art Brosef said...

Lenny K Im pretty sure you dont "have" to read anything on this blog if you dont want to......

lenny k said...

haha..yes Art- point taken as well.

Dan W said...

So when is ESPN going to mention this?

Anonymous said...

Probably after Lebron signs his extension in July, then they will site the failed project as the reason he is staying in Cleveland. It won't have anything to do with, you know, the ring he just won.

Biff said...

If it's in any way a positive refletion of or beneficial for the city of Cleveland, it's not news. That's ESPN's official policy.