Written by Tim Hoffman Friday, 12 June 2009 17:05
The NHL has extended an
offer to LeBron James to officially declare him the best player in
hockey history, if only he will come play for the league and help bring a
little of his publicity. Commissioner Gary Bettman said that all this
debate about who is better, him or Kobe, can easily be settled if he
just comes to the NHL. He explains there is no Kobe here.
"We are prepared to say he's the best ever," said Bettman. "Gretzky is nobody, Crosby is nobody, LeBron will be the king of the hockey world. We're going to also retire his jersey and number, so that no one else will be able to use it around the league. He's also had trouble winning a championship, so we'll even give whatever team he wants to play on this year's Stanley Cup trophy. It's not like Pittsburgh or Detroit needed another one of these anyway. This is a heck of an offer, which I don't feel the NBA can ever match."
The allure of ending the who's the best debate, plus a free championship, might be enough to get LeBron to make the move. Both he and his puppet are considering making the move, and Nike is working on a new pair of LeBron skates. Something that would appeal to kids in urban areas and be comfortable enough where they could wear them to school.
LeBron expects to make a decision some time over the offseason. Bettman has already begun an expansion of the NHL Hall Of Fame called the LeBron James Wing.