This would be a monstrosity of a move
Lebron James‘ biggest moment as a professional athlete may not have come on the court. It may very well be when he put the entire city of Cleveland on hold as he very publicly shopped his talents to several NBA teams, and eventually chose to schedule a nationally televised interview in which he decided to utter the famous words:
I’ve decided to take my talents to South Beach.
To his credit, the proceeds and profits from that television debacle went to charity, but the damage was done. ESPN began running highlights of people taking to the streets and defacing anything LeBron-related, and the Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert, wrote a bruising open letter regarding James’ decision to leave Cleveland for Miami that may or may not play a part in the decision he has to make this summer. Gibson used the words “cowardly betrayal” to describe the situation 4 years ago, and considering he’s still the owner of the team, it’ll be interesting to see if that dynamic has any role in these negotiations.
For now, via late night breaking tweets from trusted NBA whisperers Chris Broussard, and Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged from the first full week of the circus free agency as the frontrunner to land the best player on the planet.
Yahoo Sources: LeBron James’ agent is pushing for the superstar’s return to Cleveland. http://t.co/1NCQVDTh9x
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
Chris Broussard gave us a clue into his own NBA whispers last night.
Cleveland has replaced Miami as my frontrunner to land LeBron James… — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 7, 2014
I’m not saying LJ to Cavs is done deal or I know 4 a fact; just my gut feeling based on many conversations I’ve had around this story… — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 7, 2014
These convos aren’t sourced enough 4 me to report as fact. But I’ve heard enough to believe “the wind is blowing” LJ back home. We’ll see…
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 7, 2014