Between now and the end of the 2014 offseason, plenty of prominent NBA players, coaches, executives and superfans will make their voices heard, and weigh in on the possibility of LeBron James rejoining the team that originally drafted him all the way back in 2003.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' future got quite a bit brighter when they defied the odds and landed the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. All of a sudden, it seems possible that LeBron could return home.
After all, he'd be coming to an even stronger roster, and he has the ability to terminate his contract with the Miami Heat and hit the market as an unrestricted free agent.
Right now, it's Mike Brown's turn to express his feelings, and he did so while completing a guest spot for The Dan LeBatard Show on Sports Talk 104.3 The Ticket, as relayed by Chris Fedor of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
"I think they will definitely try to make a run at him," explained the former head coach of the Cavaliers. "With him being from this area it makes more sense for Cleveland to go after him than any other team besides the Miami Heat."
Well, Mr. Brown. Thank you for stating the obvious.
Are the Cavs going to make a run at him? Absolutely. Every team in the NBA should, especially if they have any sort of financial flexibility. He's the best player in the world, and he might be a free agent. By definition, he can choose where he wants to sign.
Does it make sense for Cleveland to pursue him because he's from Akron? Once again, absolutely. That's one of the many reasons that it was so exciting for the Cavs when they landed him at No. 1 in the 2003 NBA draft. He already had plenty of local support.
Wonderful. There's nothing wrong with that statement, which is as factually and objectively correct as any opinion can be.
But there's one more important question remaining: Will LeBron rejoin the Cavs?
Desire is one thing; action is another.
And when Brown was asked if he thought LeBron would consider a return—not actually complete a return, but just consider it—he simply said, "I don't know."
Brown, despite his penchant for making millions as an NBA head coach, is just like all of us. He has no idea what LeBron plans to do, and he's merely guessing if he says he does. Which, it's worth noting, he didn't do in this interview.
All we can do is speculate. Even ESPN.com's Scoop Jackson calls this process "blind speculation" while guessing that LeBron going to Cleveland is a scenario completely devoid of logic.
So, speculate away.
Just don't pretend you know something you don't.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!