LeBron James seems to be gearing up for a move to New York City when his contract runs out with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of next season.
It might take the Big Apple to fit his growing ego.
His superstar antics began when he failed to shake hands with members of the Orlando Magic after the team eliminated the Cavs from the playoffs.
Next, he is suspected of being involved in a cover-up to confiscate film of a college player dunking over him two weeks ago in a pickup game.
Now he has an autobiography out — “Shooting Stars” — co-authored by Buzz Bissinger, who wrote the best-seller “Friday Night Lights.”
SportsIllustrated.cnn.com’s Phil Taylor is among those tiring of James’ behavior.
“Some diva tendencies are starting to show,” Taylor wrote. “It would be a shame to see James, who has been so appealing in part because he has seemed so natural and down-to-earth, turn into the kind of celebrity athlete who becomes so self-absorbed he can’t handle defeat with grace or so image conscious he tries to micro-manage the flow of information about him that reaches the public.”
• DEADLY SWING — Sean Sanders should have stayed with golf and anger management classes.
The 28-year-old was given a two- to four-year prison sentence Thursday for dealing a deadly punch to the back of the head of an opponent a year ago in a recreational softball game near Rochester, N.Y.
Sanders drew the maximum penalty for criminally negligent homicide.
Daniel Andrews, a 36-year-old father of three, was knocked unconscious during a postgame brawl and died the next day of brain injuries.
Sanders was convicted in April after waiving his right to a jury trial. At the time of the attack, Sanders was on parole after serving a four-year sentence for a conviction on a charge that he beat a man with a golf club.
• ESPN ACTING GOOFY — The New York Post responded Thursday to ESPN’s edict that no reporters from the tabloid will be permitted to appear on any of the network’s programs after the paper published three photos from the illicitly filmed nude video of a reporter for ESPN, which is owned by Disney.
“No one would have known that a sick voyeur had secretly videotaped ESPN reporter Erin Andrews nude in her hotel room, if the Mickey Mouse sports network hadn’t sent a letter to an obscure Web site demanding that it take down its link to a fuzzy video of an unidentified blonde,” the Post said in its “Page 6” column.
• CUP TEAM COOKIN’ — Tommy Baldwin‘s No. 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup team will be the best one to hang out with this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Guy Fieri — star of the Food Network, celebrity chef and restaurateur — is sponsoring the car owned by Baldwin for one race.
Fieri, a UNLV graduate, was grand marshal for the June 21 Cup race in Sonoma, Calif.
Baldwin’s crew couldn’t be happier to have Fieri as a sponsor instead of NASCAR regulars Subway, Long John Silver’s and Burger King.
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