Slightly before 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, one man sent the NBA world into a frenzy by simply doing what we all anticipated 12 months ago. Yet, it was still breaking news that LeBron James decided to opt out of his contract and officially make Carmelo Anthony the second most important person on the free agency market.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that the greatest player in the league having the power to explore his options is important, but remember, every fan and non-fan already knew this was coming — championship or not. Even Miami Heat president Pat Riley knew it:
“I was informed this morning of his intentions. We fully expected LeBron to opt out and exercise his free agent rights, so this does not come as a surprise.”
Unfortunately, James’ decision to terminate his contract six days before it was deemed necessary has caused just as much of a stir as an insignificant tweet from his wife about their annual offseason trip to Akron. This tells you one thing: we’re in for the summer of 2010 all over again.
The best part is that the backlash from four years ago will hopefully persuade the stars from making another spectacle of their decisions. This means that we likely won’t be privy to news about Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade traveling with documentary cameras, posing for pictures with one empty seat, or black jeeps pulling in and out of talks with James as if they were having U.N. meetings.
However, the thing that will make 2014 a tad worse is the fact that Anthony is also a free agent this time around. So, every King James article and news clip will have some sort Melo tie-in, like a bad buddy movie. Still, as diehard sports fans we will park ourselves in front of the television and grit our teeth as we watch every single bit of spectacle.
Thus, the perfect balance of annoying excitement.