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 aone-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
Well, it was entertaining while it lasted.
Good Tweetin’ with ya’.
Haha, no I did not cave and become a “witness”. I was watching Everybody Loves Raymond on TV Land. So much better than watching that diva make his choice.
Let’s hope that when Durant has to sign another contract, he stays classy and doesn’t go the LeBron way. And what makes LeBron “the king?” He hasn’t won anything yet.
I appreciate you coming by and pitching in to the discussion… stop by any time – great to hear from you.
The whole thing was a bit much, I agree with you. It’s a shame that you had to go through that as a fan of the Raptors… I’m sure that was tough… only thing worse maybe could have been being from Cleveland – and a die-hard Cavs fan.
But yes, the event was a little much. I will say this, I agree with you on Nash and Duncan – and I’ll toss in another young star that did the exact opposite, and that was Kevin Durant, who simply had a minor announcement via twitter that he signed a five-year extension. No big deal… end of story. Made me a Durant fan…
Take care – KP
Well, as you now know, he’s not staying at home. So what were your lasting impressions from this thing? I think I’m still processing some of it… it almost makes me feel all dirty, ha ha. Unreal… and I tell you what, I’m pretty sure we are going to see more events like this in the future – and that sucks, if you ask me. We don’t need more of this ego-filled hour-long decision parties for the stars of every sport.
Well? Did you cave and become a “witness” or did you watch something else?!
You know, as I mentioned on twitter… the exact opposite of LeBron in the NBA has turned out to be Durant… total class as a young star, no big deal… ho-hum tweet that I signed a five-year extension… no need for a special or anything dramatic like that….
Agree, this was a bit much…
By the way, did you see the comments by Gilbert the Cavs majority owner? Wow is all I have to say there.
I’ll admit I was indifferent on LeBron before, but I think his best move overall would have been to stay in Cleveland – and now I find myself – as a fan at least – very likely rooting against him after all this went down.
I’m totally turned off by the phoney,egoism of Lebron and Chris.They’ve been planning this for months.Disgusting!
Imagine having a one hour show to let NBA fans know which team the KING has chosen………what a lack of class.What a head case, this Lebron is.Yes, he is a great athlete, but he’s on an ego trip that is bigger than the Cosmos. Could you imagine Steve Nash or Tim Duncan doing this?
I am a Raptor fan, and was a Chris Bosh fan ,but now I think I’ll find another sport to watch.
I’m totally turned off.
You expected anything less from this off-season?
That Thursday night shindig leads me to believe he’s staying at home.
Such a big ego for a guy who hasn’t won anything yet. What a waste of time. I personally don’t care where he ends up. Skip the press conference, weigh your options carefully and the make your choice. It’s a bit disrespectful to the rest of the NBA. What a joke, circus is correct. I don’t want to be a witness, I think I can find something better to watch that night.
And I just heard that LeBron wants to sell ads during his 1 hr show. Granted, proceeds will go to charity, but still …
I like the King and I want him to stay in Cleveland but I think this is getting to be a bit much. Don’t think the egos could get any bigger.