Lots of Lebron talk these past few days, but I couldn’t get past this story. It appears (at least to me) that Lebron is trying to bash Stephon Marbury’s $15 shoes. Here’s a little bit of the press war that’s come to light in the past few days.

Lebron on the New York Knicks….

“I mean, come on,” said LeBron James, the Cavaliers’ star forward whose Nikes cost at least 10 times the price of Marbury’s wallet-friendly Starburys. “This city deserves a playoff team. It doesn’t make sense for them to have all that talent and not be able to make the playoffs.”

Would Lebron endorse a product like Marbury’s?

“No, I don’t think so,” James said. “Me being with Nike, we hold our standards high.”

What do you have to say Stephon?

“I’d rather own than be owned.”

Oh Snap! What else do you have to say???

Round 1 Winner…..Marbury.

Seriously though….Marbury is doing something pretty amazing with the $15 shoes, and it’s pretty classless for Lebron to say some of those things. Doesn’t matter if he’s joking or not. I’m hoping for the Knicks to make the playoffs now and knock out the Cavs.

Marbury Gets the Roll (Fanhouse)
James Steps up the Shoe Wars (Newsday)