If LeBron James were to make a list of 50 people he'd invite to an exclusive party where he would announce his decision on where to sign this summer, it's possible no sportswriters would make the cut. But if there were any sportswriters on the list, Buzz Bissinger would probably be the first. Well, either him or the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Brian Windhorst.
Bissinger, the author of a book called 'LeBron's Dream Team' which detailed the journeys of LeBron and his four best friends, knows LeBron more than most. So naturally, someone was going to ask him about LeBron's plans this summer. That someone was Hoops Addict's Ryan McNeil, and while Bissinger admitted he didn't have any inside information, his gut tells him LeBron is leaving Cleveland.
I am not privy to any special information, but my gut tells me he will leave the Cavaliers whether they win the NBA championship or not. He has aspirations beyond basketball. He wants to be a billion dollar athlete. He likes challenges and bright lights. There is nothing like New York and the goal of making the Knicks champions again is an incredible one. So I say he goes to the Knicks, IF THEY GET THE RIGHT SUPPORTING CAST. And as you know that's a big "if" when it comes to the Knicks. LeBron would own New York in a way that no athlete has ever owned it, except maybe for Reggie Jackson after game six of the 1977 World Series when he hit three home runs, and as we know the love affair did not last forever. It would be exciting as hell to watch and I think LeBron would luxuriate in it. But as you say he also loves Ohio, so it is going to be a very difficult decision and I don't think he has come close to making it yet. And remember, the most important value in LeBron's life is loyalty. Still, I say he goes.
I'm sure several blogs will disagree with Bissinger's statement. When they do, it'll be very interesting to see how he responds. Maybe it'll be different than last time.