The Chosen One
At 6:50 pm on May 13, I prepared my computer to track the Cavaliers-Celtics game that was to start ten minutes later. I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be but I knew that a Celtics win would be bad news for the future of Lebron James in Cleveland. That’s when I turned around in my chair and looked west toward the United Center. There it was, a sign from the heavens, with clouds breaking and one lone beam of light shining down on the corner of Damen and Madison Avenues on Chicago’s West Side. It was at that moment that I knew the Celtics would emerge victorious and the Lebron James Sweepstakes would begin.
The chatter in the press and amongst fans has not subsided in the last three weeks. The only person who hasn’t come out with an opinion on the matter seems to be Lebron himself. (Did anyone really believe him when he said Cleveland still has the edge?)
- World Wide Wes, a long time advisor of James and others in the NBA, has Lebron going to Chicago.
- Carmelo Anthony thinks Lebron is staying in Cleveland. Funny that you would think that Melo, that would mean more dollars available to you next year as the lead dog in the 2011 Free Agent Class.
- Jay-Z isn’t going to push Lebron to come to the Nets, because he would feel guilty if they started 4-30 next year. Ouch, that’s not really a vote of confidence from a minority owner.
- No one outside of Manhattan seems to think the Knicks still have a shot, with Charles Oakley going as far as saying he would tell Lebron to go to the Heat and pair with D Wade or the Bulls.
- A contributor from Bleacher Report proclaims Miami is the front runner for Lebron, all but assuming D Wade will also stay with the Heat.
- This is my favorite rumor that was floated/advanced by Bill Simmons during his Game 2 Live Chat on Sunday. Tom Thibodeau, the new unofficial head coach of the Chicago Bulls, once served as an assistant coach at Harvard University. One of the players he took under his wing? Arne Duncan, who is now U.S. Secretary of Education. Who’s Duncan’s boss? Barack Obama. For the uninformed, he’s the President of the United States of America. And when the POTUS asks you to play for his adopted hometown team, you ask him how high. Am I right?!