The latest claim regarding LeBronzapalooza is that the self-dubbed King James is shopping for houses in upscale Highland Park, a prime choice for the wealthy athletes of Chicago. And just for fun, I saw him at Ikea buying a bunk bed with John Calipari.
This is a unique rumor, seeing as James built a new home in 2003 in Bath Township, a ritzy Ohio suburb near his hometown of Akron. He paid $2.1 million for the mansion, which includes a bowling alley, barbershop, and casino, among other amenities. Not to mention, James also made a much to-do announcement at his self-thrown MVP celebration during the playoffs that he is dedicated to putting Akron on the map.
But logic isn’t fun during the boring ol’ playoffs, so spray some baked cookie smell, Chicago Tribune:
Matt Silver, an Evanston real estate agent, said he does not believe it. He has handled deals with sports celebrities in Highland Park, including the sale of B.J. Armstrong’s home to Julius Peppers.
“I got about 20 text messages today from about six or eight agents, who were like, ‘Are you working with (James)?’ I said: ‘What are you talking about?'” Silver said. “I am pretty quiet about stuff (involving celebs). But there are lots of people in my profession who can’t keep their mouth shut.”
If Matt Silver says that none of the agents he knows are in on a house hunt for LeBron, then he is not looking for a house in Highland Park. I don’t know much about the real estate business, but I do know a bunch of realtors and these people will brag about finding a nickel in the middle of a highway. If LeBron’s working with a real estate agent in or around Chicago, then his last name is Keller.
In related news, in an effort to stand strong against New York persuasion, Akron mayor Don Plusquellic told the New York Daily News:
“Who the hell would want to live in New York? I think what he has here is a real connection to people. I hope he always remembers that, because there’s a lot of things in life that are more important than an extra million or two.”
Or five. Or ten. Or a kajillion-fofillion-baquillion. Responded NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “Launch the nukes.”