Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine has learned through multiple sources that LeBron James will make his final decision this Thursday at 9pm – and the announcement will be made during a one-hour special, to be aired by the worldwide leader in sports.
So, there you have it – we apparently have ourselves a final date for King James’ ultimate decision, but it comes with a price.
You see, LeBron James has now turned NBA free agency into a three-ring circus.
OK, maybe the hype surrounding this NBA class was already bordering on insanity weeks ago – fine, months ago – and the media certainly sparked everything with ongoing chatter about this being the best free agent class in the history of sports.
But this certainly doesn’t mean that it has to reach a stage reminiscent of college football recruiting – where a marquee player sits in front of a national audience with a handful of team hats in front of him – and slowly and dramatically chooses the dome cover representing the school that he will attend.
This pending announcement certainly has the same feel – and hell, while we’re at it, maybe Terrell Owens could show up and help “getcha popcorn ready”, too.
Or we could scratch the T.O. appearance and have the LeBron puppet come before the worldwide audience and make the call – all finalized and sealed with a kiss… or more likely a Nike swoosh.
Seriously, whatever happened to old-fashioned vanilla-tasting decision-making?
First, the Brett Favre rollercoaster ride and now this.
It began earlier today with James creating a twitter account – quite possibly the last NBA star to do so, by the way. That proved to be a timed decision, as thousands and thousands joined before LeBron even sent a tweet.
One tweet later, and now we are forced to channel our inner-couch potato and plop our butts down and be force-fed a television special to watch it unfold on Thursday night.
That is, if we really want to know – and really can’t wait.
It’s a bit much if you ask me – and this wasn’t even a last minute decision to make this happen.
It was months ago that James and his representation got involved in such an idea.
Brian Windhorst of the Plain-Dealer reported through his twitter account that, “ESPN was in talks with James a couple of months ago about filming his planned free agency “tour” but talks ended after Celtics loss.”
It all sums up to deliver a guy that’s simply just laying it on way too thick – and I mean real thick. We’re talking thicker than the bars on Lindsay Lohan’s future jail cell, here.
So I’m not one to go and immediately douse this slug of a story in salt, but I can’t resist.
C’mon King – go on your tour. Meet with the franchises that you’re interested in. Take as much time as you like, and then announce your decision.
Yes, we’ll still cheer.
Of course, we’ll still chat.
We will discuss.
And yes, we’ll predict.
But going this far when you haven’t even won an NBA title?
Doesn’t seem right – heck, let D-Wade flash his ring and make his choice during an announcement special, too.
If you like it, more power to you – but we can make this event more entertaining.
Why don’t we get a prediction on LeBron’s team from “Paul the Octopus” – famous for his World Cup predictions?
Who’s in? Raise your hand – or a tentacle.
Why not, kids?
After all, the circus is in town – and LeBron is in the center ring wearing the goofy top hat.
When the 2010-11 NBA season tips off, LeBron James will be playing for which team?
- Miami Heat (65%, 15 Votes)
- Chicago Bulls (13%, 3 Votes)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (9%, 2 Votes)
- New York Knicks (9%, 2 Votes)
- New Jersey Nets (4%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 23