Being that this is probably the 450,238,0235th article written about LeBron James over the past few months, it's safe to say that the King has accrued quite a royalty of media attention during the infamous 2010 NBA offseason.
In case Dan Gilbert broke your television in the aftermath of King James' notorious "decision," here is a basic timeline of what we have all "witnessed" during this tumultuous summer:
May 13: James' Cavaliers are eliminated by the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. A number of analysts criticize LeBron's play, suggesting that he looked disengaged from the game.
June 17: The Los Angeles Laker's defeat the Celtics in a thrilling Game 7, capturing their second consecutive NBA Championship. Half the country fails to notice, too engrossed in the looming "Summer of LeBron."
July 1: The free agency period officially begins, causing people who aren't professional athletes to care about twitter for the first time ever.
July 8: LeBron James announces that he will "take his talents to South Beach" on a live one-hour special aired exclusively on ESPN, joining NBA superstars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh as the newest member of the Miami Heat.
LeBonageddon ensues, and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert kicks off the hating with an interestingly-worded letter...The decision garnered a 9.95 million person audience, making it the third most watched event on cable television up to that point of the calendar year. Teen actress Miranda Cosgrove is a big winner here, as an episode of her television show "iCarly" beat out LeBron's hijacking of ESPN.
August 10: Via his twitter account, LeBron stated "Don't think for one min that I haven't been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!"
August 17: Reports emerge pertaining to an interview King James had with GQ Magazine, with LeBron making several ridiculous statements that suggest he's fully detached from reality.
September 30: LeBron and his advisor, Maverick Carter, are interviewed by CNN correspondent Soledad O'Brien. Both King James and Carter indicate that they believe race played a role in LeBron's negative public perception following "the decision."
October 19: LeBron declares the day "National Hater Day," and proceeds to retweet some of the more unpleasant messages he's received throughout the course of the summer.
Today (October 25th): Nike released a rather controversial commercial, which chronicles James' offseason in a rather interesting perspective, giving James a unique chance to voice his thoughts on his tumultuous offseason and his quest for an NBA championship.
As the NBA season tips off tonight, LeBron will begin his journey down the long, winding, path leading towards what he hopes to be his ultimate redemption. As the offseason showed in a big way, the King has quite the collection of critics to appease.
This list will compile the more well known names of those LeBron has been "taking mental notes of" throughout the courts of the offseason. As the season evolves, it will be interesting to see how these individuals respond to LeBron's impending success, or lack thereof.