LeBron James has been the most media-covered individual for months. His every move has been the top story for countless outlets. His name alone has become more commonplace than terms like "hello" and "goodbye."
The "King James Show" will air its final chapter on Thursday, in what should be every bit as exciting and emotional as the "Lost" or "24" finales.
But are we ready to let go of LeBron James, he who is the bread of our sports religion, the catalyst to our sports arguments and the butt of our sport beefs?
What will be the epilogue to the story of LBJ? Will we still care about the jewel of the NBA once he's made his decision about where he will play next year?
Sure we will. But eventually, the King will lose his tight grip on the sports media and will yield his reign as most popular athlete to someone else.
Perhaps it will be the next talented high school kid who can play beyond his years.
So how will LeBron keep us interested once he announces his decision and sinks out of the limelight?
Here is a list of what "King James" should do to remain the Elvis Presley of the sports world.
LeBron James is one of the best scorers in the NBA. Last year, he averaged 29.7 points per game.
Okay, so what?
In ten years, when the dog-eared stat sheet has begun to yellow, what will we say about King James?
Will we talk about him if his fingers display not a single championship ring?
Not a chance. James needs to win a championship like the Earth needs the Sun.
After all, a King is supposed to have jewelry, right? A championship trophy would be the ultimate accessory to a sheet full of impressive stats.
According to an article by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle, ESPN has donated advertising time for LeBron James' televised decision to the player's marketing company, which benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
So indirectly, LeBron James will be acting charitably by announcing his big decision about where he will play.
But James is no Princess Diana. If he is as big and powerful as the media depicts him, James should do something groundbreaking with his earnings and his popularity.
For starters, King James could make like Oprah and head overseas to help underprivileged children.
Actually, James should start by fixing Cleveland.
LeBron James is a superhero.
He's managed to put up ridiculous numbers in the NBA and has effectively given citizens of Cleveland a reason to be happy about where they live.
King James is clearly a talented athlete, but he's not the only one in existence. If he truly wants to enjoy prolonged fame, the 25-year-old celeb should form a super group of sports titans.
Realistically, James could be part of an All-Star squad if he joins Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. The three would be a super group.
James should take a step further: He should join forces with Brett Favre, Alex Rodriguez and either Tiger Woods or Roger Federer to take complete control of sports media, and...combat terrorism?
LeBron James has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice. In other words, he knows how to take on opposing forces.
To truly understand James' defensive power, talk to Jason Richardson, whose would-be 360-degree dunk went sailing away from the basket after James swatted it from out of nowhere.
If LeBron can keep a dunk from occurring, he should be able to keep the oil in the Gulf of Mexico from spreading any further.
LeBron James didn't go to college. But neither did Mark Twain.
If he wrote a children's book, King James could accomplish two things. He would be contributing to the education of pre-pubescents, and he would be prolonging his personal popularity.
Should he write a children's book, James would join the ranks of Jay Leno, Bill Cosby and Madonna, three celebrities whose collective popularity has existed for decades.
LeBron James already has two kids—LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus—but he could easily support a few dozen more.
Angelina Jolie makes the cover of tabloid magazines just about every other day. LeBron makes the cover of sports magazines only a few times a year.
If he wants to be a media gem for years to come, King James should expand his familial kingdom by adopting from overseas.
China would not be a bad place to start.
LeBron James can do almost anything. He can score, block shots and occupy the hot seat of sports media for a hell of a lot longer than 15 minutes.
King James should have a pretty good idea of how the media works. So, he should take over for Simon Cowell on American Idol, one of the most successful shows of all time.
James likes to be watched. People like to watch American Idol. It's self-explanatory.
George Foreman is a term as common as "microwave" or "toaster" in thousands of kitchens all over America.
LeBron James needs to get his name on a useful household tool, too.
Here are a few ideas:
The "LeBron James Egg Beaters"
The "LeBron James Super-Duper Slotted Spoon"
The "LeBron James Horse Meat Grinder"
The possibilities are endless.
Lebron James' power knows no bounds—there's a reason people call the 25-year-old superstar "King James."
James has proven he can run the sports world. Now, he should prove he can run the country.
Ronald Reagan became president, and he was an actor.
Why shouldn't we allow LeBron James' talent to trickle down over our great country?
LeBron James is only 25, but he will get older. It's inevitable.
Eventually, LBJ will be too old to put up the numbers that will have hopefully earned him a championship title and a spot in the NBA Hall of Fame.
But diminished talent does not mean diminished popularity.
James could easily play basketball for the next 30 years. He's clearly proven he has the power to manipulate the entire sports world.