After spending an hour and a half with The King, the Nets’ contingent — owner Mikhail Prokhorov, team president Rod Thorn, coach Avery Johnson, CEO Brett Yormark, Onexim CEO Dmitry Razumov, and limited partner and James confidant Jay-Z — believe they gave a presentation that can’t be beat.
Though every other team that meets with James will probably say the same thing, the Nets are convinced they had LeBron with their plan to make him a global icon and provide him with a championship-caliber roster.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger’s Dave D’Alessandro, LeBron “listened attentively to Prokhorov and Razumov as they explained how they will expand his profile on a global scale. He heard Thorn and Johnson share their plan for building a championship-caliber roster with a long shelf life. He was given an evocative demonstration by Yormark about how he could become not only King of Brooklyn, but of all of New York.”
Jay-Z stayed behind for a few minutes to reinforce the Nets’ main points and to gauge his friend’s reaction to the pitch. And according to one Nets official, The King was blown away.
But James also gave the team a strong warning that it should prepare to have enough cap space to buy two max contracts (for say, Chris Bosh) should he decide to sign with the Nets, who are a few million shy of the value of two max contracts.
LeBron’s decision could come as early as Monday, according to ESPN. [Star-Ledger]