It’s decision time for LeBron James, and the world wants to know where he’ll be playing next.
King James has been keeping sports fans on the edge of their seats since before he became a free agent in June. And people have been speculating for months about which city he’ll be playing in when the NBA season starts: Chicago, Miami, New York or Cleveland?
The only person who knows where LeBron will end up is LeBron himself. He’s not telling until he makes an official statement tonight at the Boys & Girls Club in Greenwich Connecticut,
WTNH reports. The announcement will be part of an hour-long special on ESPN called “The Decision,” which airs at 9 p.m. EST.
There’s no word on why LeBron chose that locale for his huge announcement, but it has some wondering if that means he’s leaning toward a spot with the New York Knicks.
The Knicks have been angling for LeBron since 2009, and he even swung by Madison Square Gardens to see the team a couple times. It’s been theorized that adding LeBron to their roster would allow the Knicks to improve their rep in the NBA. However, the Knicks announced today that they’ve picked up Amar’e Stoudemire. He’ll be signing a five-year contract with the team. That means New York could still strengthen its franchise, with or without LeBron’s help.
Still, some people, like Chad Ochocinco, believe that there’s still a good chance that LeBron could be taking the court in New York next season. The NFL player shared his thoughts on Twitter yesterday afternoon, writing, “*Empire State of Mind* *wink* *wink* only the smart folk will put this together and figure out what i am talking about #6.”
Of course there’s also a lot of incentive for LeBron to join the Miami Heat, which has also picked up some powerhouse players this week. Both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh recently announced that they would be joining the team. According to ESPN.com, each of them would be willing to accept less than top-dollar for the contracts, if it meant that the team could sign another big name.
Reportedly, LeBron, Dwyane and Chris have all talked about teaming up before, so things are looking good Miami’s prospects of signing LeBron. A lineup like that could make for a legendary team, which would take a lot of performance pressure off of LeBron.
The Heat also met with the Cleveland player last week, and they seemed pretty positive after their session with LeBron. While things are looking really good for Miami, it’s not a done deal.
Then there’s Chicago. There’s not a whole lot to say about the Chicago Bulls chances of wrangling LeBron. Their courtship seems to have been standard and there’s nothing really flashy about their play for LeBron. Their biggest trump card is the Bulls’ amazing legacy, largely thanks to Michael Jordan, who LeBron really respects.
But let’s not forget the team that’s been so good to LeBron’s career: The Cleveland Cavaliers. As a free agent, LeBron could take up the option of sticking with Cleveland, but many feel that is unlikely considering the scandal surrounding his mother’s rumored relationship with his teammate Delonte West.
LeBron reportedly caught wind of gossip about the affair right before the Cavs’ last game against the Boston Celtics. Bloggers blamed that for LeBron’s problems on the court that night. Some argued that such a scandal might shame LeBron into leaving Cleveland when he might otherwise have considered staying with the team.
Of course this is all just speculation. To find out where LeBron wants to go, tune into ESPN tonight at 9 p.m. EST for “The Decision.”
– Sonya Eskridge