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LeBron Booed at Carmelo Anthony's Wedding

NBA star Carmelo Anthony tied the knot with actress LaLa Vazquez in New York Saturday - but the event was almost upstaged by guest LeBron James.

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James was greeted by a round of loud boos from angry New Yorkers outside the wedding in Cipriani 42nd Street when he arrived with his girlfriend Savannah Brinson, myFOXny.com reported.

James' was undoubtedly the star at Anthony's wedding despite other high-profile guests including Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams, Ciara, Kelly Rowland and Ludacris.

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Why Hasn't Dwyane Wade Announced He is Staying in Miami Yet?

If, as has been portrayed by the South Florida media for the past few months were true that Dwyane Wade was definitely returning to the Heat wouldn't he be more actively involved in helping to recruit talent to join him in Miami?

Perhaps Wade's meetings with the Bulls were legitimate and he is truly conflicted about where to go. His divorce and custody battle have to be playing a major role in his thought process. As the father of four kids I know I would surely be thinking heavily about moving back home to provide stability in my kids lives.

So, here is what I am wondering. Does Dwyane Wade know he is going to Chicago? And if he does is he taking his time to be respectful of the people in Miami who have been very good to him over the past several years? If his children and winning are his top priorities then the only choice for him to make is to play in Chicago. Imagine a backcourt with Wade and Derrick Rose. Then add in Joakim Noah and another signing from the free agent class of 2010 and you have a team that would be among the favorites to win the NBA title this season. In Miami you have a franchise that is devoid of talent and has only two players currently under contract.

You have to believe that Jerry Reinsdorf and company are too smart to not have a deal with one of the prime time free agents very close to completion. Why else would they have traded Kirk Hinrich and been working extremely hard to move Luol Deng. The Bulls have been extremely professional and noticeably quiet as the process plays itself out.  For those of us in Chicago, a Wade, Bosh, Rose trio is what we dream about. For those in Miami it is their worst nightmare come true.

The Knicks Freak Out Over Nets Billboard

The New Jersey Nets are going all out to change their image and to improve the NBA's worst team. That means going after LeBron James and other premier free agents. It also includes buying a giant billboard right outside of Madison Square Garden that has infuriated Knicks owner James Dolan. He claims the billboard intimidates his employees. Wow, can you say thin skinned!


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The Latest on LeBron, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade

There is a report that says a summit of the three major names in this year's free agent class - LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade held a meeting over the weekend in Miami to discuss their options as the July 1st start of free agency is almost here.

There is also another report that says that Dwyane Wade was in Chicago for several days last week including the weekend which would make a Saturday/Sunday rendezvous of the superstars in Miami impossible.

Well, here is the truth. I spoke with Wade and Bosh's agent Henry Thomas just moments ago and he told me that the three stars did not meet in Miami over the weekend. Wade met with his agent in Thomas' office on Saturday and then took his children to the Cubs - Sox game which was held on Saturday evening at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Dwyane was here in Chicago over the weekend and did not meet with LeBron and Chris in Miami over the weekend," Thomas told me. "Have these guys talked about their futures with one another? Absolutely, and I am sure they will talk again. However, this report of a summit over the weekend in Miami involving Dwyane is untrue. He was here in Chicago with his kids and when he left town on Sunday he was not headed back to Miami. That I can tell you."

In addition, Wade's enormous marketing presence through deals with Converse, T-Mobile, and others were all developed and negotiated by Thomas and after the free agency process is completed Wade and Bosh should see increased exposure and dollars through another brilliant marketing campaign devised by Thomas. That all has to be factored into the decision making process because the money available in free agency is one thing but the marketing dollars and Thomas' expertise could take the process to another level. 


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