Published June 29, 2010
James, who has played his first seven years with the Cleveland Cavaliers, officially becomes a free agent on July 1.
Thomas, who led the Detroit Pistons to two NBA titles and is in the Hall of Fame, said New York offers the biggest stage and would provide James with his greatest challenge. He said James' presence in New York would be good for the league.
Thomas, now the head coach at Florida International, made the statement Tuesday after participating in an Indiana University panel discussion about diversity in sports journalism.