LeBron James being courted by ... Globetrotters

Thu, Jun 10

As you may have heard by now, there's a new team contending for LeBron James' services: the Harlem Globetrotters.

Wacky? Sure. But consider the advantages from LeBron's point of view:

• LeBron wants to win, and nobody wins like the 'Trotters, who haven't lost since roughly the Cretaceous age.

• The Globetrotters are offering LeBron an ownership stake in the team -- a unique bargaining chip, since NBA players aren't allowed to have an ownership interest.

• NBA rules also prohibit players wearing their nicknames on their jerseys, but the Globetrotters have no such inhibitions. (They're using that same approach to court Dwyane Wade.)

• No word on whether the Globetrotters will let LeBron change their signature song from "Sweet Georgia Brown" to something by Jay-Z, but that's probably negotiable too.

Anyway, there's a strong precedent for an all-time NBA great suiting up for the Globetrotters. Remember, Wilt Chamberlain played for the 'Trotters back in the day.