The question plaguing the minds of NBA fanatics across the country? To which city will the king reign?
LeBron James, the 2010 League MVP is looking to move area codes, or is he? If the Cleveland Cavaliers have their way, he's not. But what's going to keep this king baller in Cleveland? It's going to take a whole lotta' lovin' and a whole lotta' changin' by the Cavs.
LeBron is one of the most valuable players in franchise history, and his contract... well, it's up. He's made one thing clear. It's not the money he's after, it's a championship trophy. Four years straight he's lead a team into consecutive playoffs, and four years straight he's left the season sans title.
LeBron's broken dozens of records as the youngest player in league history to join the NBA. At a mere 19 , the "King" was crowned Rookie of the year.
After signing as the first draft pick, with the Cavs, LeBron was awarded a $90 million shoe contract with Nike. In addition, he's been an All-Star every year since 2005. A hot commodity? To say the least.
That's a lot of tennis shoes, a lot of talent, for very few trophies. Thus, the dilemma. Born and raised in Ohio, does he leave his native land and his team for greener pastures?
With basically every team in the NBA knocking at his door. This might be his chance to make a clean break and start over.
There's potential of major moves happening around the league by teams willing to coarse the MVP. Reports have surfaced that the Chicago Bulls are willing to look into a deal with LA Lakers head coach, Phil Jackson. Phil Coached the Bulls from 1989-1998. His contract with the Lakers expires this year, and he's publicly said that he'd be willing to look into his options if Chicago acquired LeBron. Other teams in the Lebron hunt include the Los Angeles Clippers, New Jersey Nets, and the New York Knicks. Even Dallas Mavericks owner (and Dancing With the Stars contestant), Mark Cuban, wants in on the LeBron James poole. Cuban was fine $100,000 dollars for publicly discussing his desire to acquire the star.
Of course, Cleveland isn't ready to give up on this unrequited love affair with the mega-star. They'll continue to do everything under the sun to keep LeBron on home court, including firing long time coach, Mike Brown, after five seasons. Cleveland wants LeBron at the table expressing his highly-valued opinions, before making their next selection for head coach.
LeBron's future will remain unknown until the first week of July, meaning the speculations, suspicions, and rumors will intensify greatly in the days to come.
Let's have a look at this mega-champion, and you can decide for yourself. What would you do if you were in LeBron's fab-sneaks?
LeBron James - #23, Cleveland Cavaliers
Position: Small Forward
Birth date: December 30, 1984 - 25 years old
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio
High School: St. Vincent - St. Mary High School
Height: 6 foot, 8 inches Weight: 250 lbs
Drafted: 2003, Cleveland Cavaliers, Round 1, first pick
NBA Highlights: NBA MVP (2 times), NBA All-Star (6 times), All-NBA First Team (4 times) All NBA Second Team (2 times), All-Defensive First Team (2 times), NBA All-Star MVP (2 times), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004),
Endorsement Deals: Nike, Sprite, Glaceau, Bubblicious, Upper Deck, McDonalds, State Farm
What you didn't know about LeBron? The hottest commodity to ever come out of a high school program, LeBron's high school team was forced to switch their team practices to University of Akron so that scouts, teams, fans, and players could watch the star up close. Shaq even attended one of LeBron's high school practices. LeBron's high school games aired on ESPN 2, and a few, pay per - view. This is rarely scene in high school play.
It's going to be a long month, and the rumor mill will grind even faster as the next couple weeks approach. The dynamic of the league will be forever changed with one name signed. We plan to keep your fabulous selves in the know, absolutely...