The countdown to free agency is in its final days, and the scramble to free up cap space and recruit arguably the most talented free agent class in NBA history is more hectic than ever.
Much speculation has surrounded all of the NBA’s free agents, but all eyes are on LeBron James as we anxiously await July 1st.
Across the country, fans are convinced that King James will be playing for their favorite teams, but leaving Cleveland will force James to drastically humble himself.
While other cities have much more to offer than Cleveland, Ohio (Miami has beaches, New York and LA have the nightlife, Chicago has the history, and New Jersey has… Snookie?) LeBron may be too proud to go anywhere else.
While the Heat are trying to lure LeBron down south, their biggest bargaining chip is the chance to play with Dwayne Wade. Though a team starting these two side-by-side is the dream of every Heat fan (all seven of them), does LeBron really want to share the spotlight with Wade?
Most of the Knicks’ appeal lies off the court, with celebrities galore enticing LeBron to the Big Apple and all that the city has to offer. But, after the Knicks’ draft picks, the team seems no better off than they did before. If LeBron wants to hang out with Spike Lee, he can hop on a plane.
Los Angeles (Clippers)
Two words: Kobe Bryant. While LeBron will not have to share a team with Bryant, he will have to share everything else: The city, the arena, and the fans. While the city of LA may seem glamorous, nobody wants to be Kobe’s little brother. Especially LeBron James.
Although LeBron may have close ties with Jay-Z, the Nets are horrible. Granted, James was able to revive the Cavaliers franchise, but if he couldn’t win a championship with Cleveland, he won’t win with the worst team in the league.
Many feel that the Bulls have the best chance of acquiring the King over the rest of the teams in contention, and they very well might. But, if LeBron goes to Chicago, he will forever be playing in the shadow of another, more talented, number 23. If you think LeBron is compared to Michael Jordan now, just wait!
And then we have Cleveland
Even though Joakim Noah may testify that the city of Cleveland has nothing to offer, it is LeBron’s hometown. James has become very comfortable with the Cavaliers as a big fish in a small pond, and let’s face it: The city worships him.
They call him “King James,” but they treat him more like a god than royalty.
Cleveland has had a storied struggle with all of the city’s sports, and LeBron has made the Cavaliers the only team that has any chance at a championship. Not only will James command the limelight in the sport of basketball once again, but he has no competition from any other sport.
So LeBron will stay in Cleveland. He doesn’t want to admit defeat and leave the city that adores him.
Can you really blame him?