Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Stern Hopes LeBron Stays in Cleveland; Barkley Wants to be an NBA GM
The New York Knicks may be hoping LeBron James comes to the Big Apple in 2010, but NBA Commissioner David Stern doesn’t.
In an interview with reelsportsfan.com shown above, Stern said he hopes King James finishes his career in Cleveland.
“He hasn’t won anything yet, but he may be the best player ever to descend to this planet,” Stern said of James. “He’s a great kid and a great player.”
He added: “Michael [Jordan] might dispute that, but he’s got a lot of canvas yet on which to paint. And I have no doubt the picture is going to be beautiful.”
When asked if he had any idea where James might finish out his career, Stern said, “None whatsoever — although I hope it’s in Cleveland.”
**Also, Charles Barkley tells Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe that he wants to be an NBA GM.
“It’s time for me to be a general manager,’’ said Barkley, who has been at TNT for eight years. “I think everybody around me knows it’s time for me to take a different challenge.
“I always want to keep going as a person. I love my job. I love the people I work with. But now it’s time for me to take on another challenge as a man. I need to grow as a person and it’s time for me.
“And certainly I can do a better job than some of these guys have been doing.’’
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.