Considering anybody who has ever seen a basketball game (and some that make you wonder if they actually have) seems to be chiming in with their opinion on where LeBron James will end up, I figured I’d provide my two cents on the topic as well.
I’m far from an expert on the situation. Hell, I don’t know the difference between cap space and crawl space, but one thing I do know, is that it seems this year’s free agent market is generating more buzz than the recently completed season did. Not exactly sure what all the fuss is about considering there are only a handful of teams that have the resources, I mean cap space, available to land any of the superstars on the market. If you are one of those teams this offseason that has room under the salary cap to sign a free agent or two, you’re likely feeling like Pacman Jones in a strip club. You know, a pocket full of cash deep enough to make it rain until the stage floods over with bills. On the other hand, if you’re a team with no cap space, you’re likely feeling like a Pinto owner at the Lexus dealership inquiring about a trade-in.
While some teams will be players in the free agent shopping spree and others are destined to be window shoppers, one thing is for sure, NBA fans can’t seem to get enough speculation on where LeBron, D-Wade, Bosh and the boys will end up. We all knew this day was coming for years, as talk of the 2010 free agent class has been a topic of discussion since the 2003-04 season when this group of rookies signed their first contracts. What we didn’t know was that theorizing on NBA player’s future homes would somehow become trendier than movies about vampires, Lady Gaga and all of the social networks combined.
I just can’t get over the fact that everywhere you look or listen, there is talk of LeBron’s relocation project. What would your pitch to him be if you were a team coveting his services? What can your city provide that his other suitors can’t? What type of talent will you surround him with? These are just a few of the many questions being asked by sports-talk radio hosts to their fans these days. And don’t worry that the team you root for has zero chance of signing him, let’s pretend for a while that they do. And the craziest part of the whole media-driven onslaught of coverage? That fans actually seem to want to live in this fantasy world of high-priced home shopping networks. How do I know? Because they continue to call in with their predictions and wish lists.
It’s understandable that a team’s fan base would get caught up in the conjecture of landing a player of LeBron’s caliber because he would instantly turn any NBA pretender into a contender and any contender in a favorite, but let’s keep it real people. If you don’t live in Chicago, Miami, New York or New Jersey, the only time you’ll be seeing LeBron in your arena is when the Bulls, Heat, Knicks or Nets come to visit. Sorry Jazz fans, didn’t mean to burst your bubble.