The Decision Part II: Be Still, Those Beating Hearts
In the Summer of 2014, Lebron Raymone James has a decision to make.
No, it isn't the Decision, unfortunately for the Boys and Girls Club of America, but it is just as important. His contract gives him an early player opt out next summer if he so chooses to exercise it. The question is, will he? And if he does, where will The King hold his court next?
Hopefully not the bathroom, seeing as how poorly it's treated previous kings.
It's my opinion that Lebron will opt out of his contract and take his talents elsewhere.
First, here' s my take as to why he will leave:
In 2014, Lebron will be 29. It's safe to say he could have two, if not three titles under his belt by then. He will have accomplished all he wanted with his aging friend whose reckless abandon for his body will likely cut his career short. Yes, Dwyane Wade will be 32 next summer, and while I'm not a doctor, I can say with 85% confidence that at least one of his knees will have begun to disintegrate by then.
Agreeing to stay in Miami will keep Lebron there until the end of the 2015/16 season, which will leave The King with 60% of Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, and Shane Battier's corpse for the remaining two years of his contract. Not an entirely attractive team.
When you add in theMiami citizenry's general apathy towards sports in their city (and who can really blame them when this is their coastline), greener pastures are surely already starting to look very attractive to The King.
The next question is where? Where will Lebron attempt to win his next group of titles? Where will Lebron ultimately make his late prime run at Jordan's legacy?
My answer? Cleveland.
Now, I'm not the only sports geek with an internet connection predicting this. However, I am the only one who hates coconut and is afraid of heights. I believe that gives me credibility in the matter. Credentials aside, I have actual reasons to support my hypothesis.
Contrary to his public approval rating, Lebron is not a bad guy. In fact, he's a really good guy. You could even call him a class act. He genuinely has mixed feelings about leaving for Miami without bringing a title to his home state. He left however, because his teams simply weren't getting it done. He didn't have enough help. Not enough star power.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage, Kyrie Irving.
Now, Kyrie's lack of defensive skill (to put it nicely) has been well-documented. However, defense was never the issue with The King's Cleveland teams. All the King was missing was a prince. Someone to take the scoring pressure off of him. Someone to handle the ball at least as well as he can. And someone with the ability to create his own shot. Kyrie does all of these things and more.
And the best part?
The Cavs have two more drafts to stockpile talent, and wait for The King to come home.