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

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