Another list, another appearance for LeBron James.
LeBron's 2010-11 season consisted of him living under the most intense scrutiny an athlete has ever had to deal with. His every move was witnessed by thousands and every single sentence was turned into a leading news story.
Add that to the fan backlash he faced in 29 NBA arenas as part of the Miami Heat's super-villain lineup and you get the feeling James has had a year to forget.
He was by far the most complete player in the league yet was pretty much denied a third straight MVP title because of his decision to join the Heat, totally unrelated to his game performances.
The long summer will give LeBron plenty of time to get his shambolic NBA Finals appearance out of his system. (Remember his eight-point Game 4 offering?) He literally fell off the face of the planet in the finals, dropping from averaging 26 points per game through the first three rounds to just 17.8 points per game in the finals.
He choked. We all loved it.
He became the ultimate villain, hated by everyone outside of Miami.
The extra time off will make absolutely certain that there are no lingering effects from the sort of performance that has turned once-powerful players into shells.
Perhaps we'll see a different 'Bron after all these charity events he's been at this summer?