LeBron James

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LeBron James, nicknamed "King James", is a forward in the National Basketball Association. He has played his entire NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers after being drafted by them in 2003. As a 2010 Free Agent, it has been widely rumored among NBA sports fans and in the media that LeBron James may sign with the New York Knicks after his contract expires, which officially expired on July 1, 2010.[1] On the first day of becoming a free agent, LeBron James met with the New York area's two National Basketball Association franchises. The New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets both want LeBron James, and the Cleveland Cavaliers want him to stay in Cleveland.

2010 Free Agent

LeBron James's contract that expired on July 01, 2010, was five years, $96 million. On a five-year contract worth $96 million -- what he'd get from the Knicks over the Heat -- LeBron would pay $12.34 million in New York taxes.[2] The New York Post reported on LeBron James, as a free agent, suggesting that, "If James goes to the Miami Heat instead of the Knicks, blame our dysfunctional lawmakers in Albany, who have saddled top-earning New Yorkers with the highest state and city income taxes in the nation, soon to be 12.85 percent on top of the IRS bite. There is no state income tax in Florida."[3]

NBA career

Although at the age of only 24, James is already widely regarded as one of the best players in the NBA today. He is known for having the play-making ability and athleticism of guard in a power forward's build, making him extremely difficult to defend.

James' greatest playoff achievement to date, took place in the 2007 NBA Playoffs where his team make an improbable run to the Finals where they lost to a far more experienced San Antonio Spurs team in four straight games.[4] His own personal playoff highlight also took place in these 2007 NBA playoffs, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons. James led his team to victory by scoring 29 of the Cavaliers' last 30 points in one of the most impressive playoff performances in NBA history.[5]

Achievements

2001 Ohio Mr. Basketball

2002 Ohio Mr. Basketball

2002 USA Today High School Player of the Year

2003 Ohio Mr. Basketball

2003 USA Today High School Player of the Year

2004 NBA Rookie of the Year

Bronze Medal in 2004 Summer Olympics

Gold Medal in 2008 Summer Olympics

References

  1. Lupica, Mike. "Knicks set stage for run at LeBron James with team's best day in ages"; New York Daily News, November 22, 2008
  2. Rush Limbaugh. Will New York State Income Tax Cost the Knicks LeBron James?, RushLimbaugh.com, July 1, 2010.
  3. LeBron James would suffer local penalty, New York Post, June 30,2010.
  4. http://www.nba.com/finals2007/
  5. http://www.nba.com/games/20070531/CLEDET/gameinfo.html

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