LeBron James' white Escalade pulled into the garage underneath IMG in downtown Cleveland Thursday morning. Hanging behind him was an enormous "Home" banner with the Cavaliers' logo on it.
James will soon decide whether it's time to turn his back on home.
The meetings with perhaps the most coveted free agent in NBA history began about an hour later than expected. James pulled into IMG at 10:58 a.m. and was followed eight minutes later by the New Jersey Nets contingent, which included owner Mikhail Prokhorov, rap mogul Jay-Z, team president Rod Thorn and newly hired head coach Avery Johnson.
James will meet with teams at his LRMR headquarters, located on the eighth floor of the IMG building. Prokhorov's pitch is simple: He'll make James a billionaire and global star. Having good friend Jay-Z along for the pitch will only help the Nets' chances.
James was the most underdressed of those present. The entire Nets contingent arrived wearing crisp suits, except for Jay-Z, who wore a white button down shirt and slacks.
James arrived wearing gray sweatpants and a Nike T-shirt.
The Nets plane landed at Hopkins at 10:36 a.m. for a meeting that was expected to begin at 10 a.m. Prokhorov will return to Moscow after the meetings.
The Knicks, already in town, will follow later this afternoon. The Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls are expected tomorrow.
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