Will LeBron James stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers? Will LeBron James decide who the next head coach is? Will LeBron James show up at an Appreciation Day event in Akron? Will LeBron James’ neighbor sell his house?
These are the news stories we see every day in Cleveland. The LeBron James circus show has reached fever pitch now that the NBA’s Most Valuable Player could be less than a week away from declaring himself a free agent and able to sign with any team, including the Cavaliers.
Speculation over what LeBron will or will not do led to his neighbor posting his house for sale on eBay to “test the waters” on whether the timing is right. Judging by the fact that the highest bid was only a little more than $15,000, not everyone is jumping at the chance to move next door to The King.
With Ohio’s gubernatorial race heating up, the No. 1 question being posed to incumbent Ted Strickland and opponent John Kasich centers on James and what will happen if he leaves Cleveland (and Ohio for that matter). How might this affect Ohio’s economy? And now the Ohio Democratic Party is using Kasich’s indifference about James against him in campaign ads.
We’re still talking about one man, right?
A video that was running rampant on YouTube, Facebook and any other social media site called “Please Stay, LeBron” was an amazingly organized effort to keep James with the Cavaliers sung to the tune of “We Are the World.” The video contains local celebrities, politicians and, yes, even Gov. Strickland singing the chorus, “Please stay, LeBron – we really need you!”
Even when he shows up at his own “Appreciation Day” in his hometown of Akron, he does so as the event is wrapping up and only a few people are there to “witness” (if you will) his presence. Of course, this adds to further speculation about his pending free agency. Had he showed up early, would Clevelanders take that as a sign that he’s staying? Since he was late, does that mean he’s leaving? What if he didn’t show up at all?
We’ve seen LeBron interviewed by CNN’s Larry King, by NBC’s Jay Leno, by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel. The only thing we’ve learned from these appearances is that LeBron is having a great time this month and that a busboy can beat him in “pop a shot.”
But through all of this, we have no answers on what he’ll ultimately decide to do when the calendar reaches the end of June and “LeBron month” is over.
When they go to bed at night, all Clevelanders know is that the next day, the following day and the day after that, they will wake up to find yet another media angle on the LeBron James saga they hadn’t heard of before or wish they hadn’t.
And as the June heat continues to rise, so does the heat on LeBron to make a decision – a decision he shows no signs of making until July, which Clevelanders fear will be known as “Goodbye, LeBron” month.