A chat with Larry King was just the first step in a lengthy free agency tour for LeBron James. According to a FanHouse source, James is in disucssions with Nike to create a new shoe for every visit he makes along his free agent path, starting July 1. The shoes would have the date of the visit printed, with James already having scripted his itinerary for the Free Agency Tour 2010.
The source said The Chosen One will make his first stop in New York to meet with the Knicks and then the Nets. Next up will be Chicago, as the Bulls hoping they convince him to follow Michael Jordan‘s footsteps. And depending on the public’s interest level of the Tour (and the shoes), LeBron may continue along to Miami and possibly Los Angeles to speak with the Clippers.
How fitting: James’ big show would make it’s final stop in Hollywood.
While some have questioned LeBron’s motives with this alleged Tour itinerary, NBA commission David Stern has no problem with it. “It’s fine,” said Stern said Thursday in regards to the timing of LeBron’s interview with Larry King. “The same way it’s fine to have the president talk to Marv Albert about where LeBron is going or about our game [as he did recently]. It sort of tells me that our players have, through their hard work, captured the imagination of many, many people.
“I’m a recovering single-team person,” Stern said. “LeBron will have played with Cleveland for seven years. That’s a huge amount of time. Cleveland has been given the edge with respect to the raises they can give him and the length of his contract. I think that’s a good thing. … It’s up to the players to decide where they want to go. They fought very hard for that right, and I’m perfectly fine with that.” [FanHouse]