Is it wrong to hold out hope that today will be the day that LeBron James ends the cycle of ‘another hour, another two rumors’?
If he has any compassion in his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame, he will spare fans — from both South Beach to Cleveland — the undeniable sanity issues that the NBA free agency period has caused them. It will also go a long way in helping certain journalists restore the ethics that were lost along the way.
James has a chance to end the roller coaster, but not put world’s emotions to rest. Not after Cleveland Cavaliers fans got their hopes up when a source told NBA insider Chris Sheridan that there was a 90 percent chance that James would return to Ohio. And definitely not after Miami Heat fans began to feel confident knowing that there were reports of Dwyane Wade and James spending time together to work out and have dinner on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Then, in the eyes of everyone, momentum decided to swing one way when ESPN reported that Micky Arison, Wade and Erik Spoelstra would be joining the James meeting, which made it seem more like a doomsday recruiting trip than a commitment dinner. And perception continued to change when “sources” indicated that the Cavs were taking aim at ex-James teammates Ray Allen, Mike Miller and James Jones.
This is following a three-way trade that freed up enough space for Cleveland to offer their Chosen One a max deal. But in the end, it’s all still speculation. Regardless of his choice, someone is going to feel slighted; either Miami will be left in a hole, or his hometown will get the impression that their heartstrings were publically toyed with again.
So what should LeBron do? Just rip the Band-Aid off and get this over with.