Street names through the hoops

A street in Otematata could be named after NBA star LeBron James. Photo: Getty Images
A street in Otematata could be named after NBA star LeBron James. Photo: Getty Images
Basketball superstar LeBron James appears unlikely to have a road named after him in the Waitaki Valley.

But it is not completely out of the question.

James, a three-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, could be honoured if the Waitaki District Council does not opt for  the two top choices for road names put forward by developer de Geest Properties Ltd in its subdivision of the former Otematata School site.

The preferred street names, Albert Pl and The Dutch Way, refer to de Geest family history: Albert is the name of managing director, and North Otago basketball stalwart, Brian de Geest’s late father; the de Geest family has Dutch heritage.

Le Bron Dr was listed as a second choice if councillors declined the preferred options.

Mr de Geest is "very passionate about basketball", council planning manager Hamish Barrell writes in his report to councillors. His son, Max, is set to attend college in America on a basketball scholarship.

James, the youngest player to reach 30,000 career NBA points, recently featured on an Auckland billboard, as that city  joined  others  trying to lure the player, who could become a free agent in the off-season.

Mr de Geest could not be reached for comment.

hamish.maclean@odt.co.nz

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter