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Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:57 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 9:10 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: James in the building

Posted by Matt Moore
LeBron arrived at the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club in a red and white plaid shirt, jeans and a belt.

Yes, I know you think this ridiculous. Welcome to the madness.

Additionally, Chris Broussard, who has been sticking with the Miami Heat story from late last night, is hedging his bets and saying "reports lean to" and "he is expected to sign with the Heat." It's a matter of Broussard hedging his bets. Or, he's throwing people off to make sure his parent network's ratings are as high as they possibly can be.

It's almost over folks.

Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:30 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:35 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: Cleveland gaining momentum

Posted by Matt Moore

ESPN's Chris Broussard is sticking to his story, that LeBron is headed to Miami. However, in the past three hours, a swarm of Cleveland reports have been surfacing, primarily from people around the league. The Miami rumors have been sourced primarily from "close to LeBron" but those around the league and throughout the media continue to believe he'll stay with Cleveland. The sheer money and amount of emotional damage are enough to bring James back, as the argument goes.

The emotional damage to Cleveland was characterized by Brian Windhorst live on ESPN as potentially "like an atomic bomb." Windhorst also said that if James were to leave, he and his family would be unable to live in Akron for many years.

So, you know, Cleveland's taking this whole thing well.

If Cleveland is really the spot? Time's running out for James to decide, finally.


Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:28 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:32 pm
 

Did the Heat cancel LeBron welcome ads?

LeBron James Graphic Posted by Royce Young

We're around 40 minutes away from actually knowing, but that's not stopping the entire universe from hunting for any clues that may hint one way or the other.

Miami Herald columnist and blogger Greg Cote tweeted this :

LeBron-to-Miami may not be happening. Heat has canceled a full-page welcome ad in The Miami Herald. This time I'm serious.
On top of that, Ethan Skolnick, writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel , tweeted a similar thing about his paper.

I don't know if that means anything or if it's actually true (though I'm sure an employee of those papers wouldn't make that up), but that seems like something.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:52 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:55 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: Not all the money going to charity

Posted by Matt Moore

  When it was announced that LeBron James would host the event on ESPN to announce "The Decision," it was pushed immediately that the money from the sponsors for the event would be donated to charity. Of course, never was it said exactly how much of the proceeds would be donated. Only that proceeds would be. Which leaves open the question. How much is being donated to the Boys and Girls Club?
 
Brian Windhorst, in typical fashion, has some interesting information to pass along .

This article from the LA Times is interesting in and of itself for the information about how the special came about and how LeBron's agency CAA was pushed out of it, but at the bottom is the fact that a reported $3 million was raised by sponsors, with Nike matching that amount for a total of $6 million. Meanwhile, this CNBC component reports that the Boys and Girls club will get $2.5 million from the event.

So where's that extra $3.5 going?

This "Decision" was a little easier to make than we thought. Not where to go of course. Who cares about that when you can make easy money like this?


Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:25 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:50 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: Media goes LeBron

Posted by LeBro...Matt Moore
 You may think that you've seen the heights of media coverage for this thing, but you'd be wrong. SBNation.com today showed you what real LeBron James coverage is.

Yup, that pretty much does it .

It's hard to go anywhere without being bombarded today with coverage about LeBron. That would be why we consider this the LeBrocalypse .

Have we all gone too far? Have we abandoned all reason and good judgment in the pursuit of pursuing this story bent out of control? Probably. But if we've gone mad, it's James that's driven us there. In some sort of gold-plated car. With a spoiler. With coporate logos all over it.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:48 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:50 pm
 

LeBrocalype: Everyone getting predictions in

Posted by Matt Moore
 Gary Parrish, Jamey Eisenberg, Pete Pistone, Mike Freeman and KB give the low-down on what they think  will happen .

A late roundup of predictions as we head into the Big Decision:

Ian Thomsen of SI can't understand why James would leave home and all that money .

Apparently the agents and GMs Brian Windhorst is talking to feel the same .

Royce Young says that his gut impulse is Cleveland, with Miami a red herring.


As for me?

James has already proven that his decision will likely not be based on where he has the best chance to win a championship, otherwise he would have dragged Chris Bosh to Chicago five days ago. It will not be based on where the best chance to market his future is, otherwise the Nets would at least be in contention. Right now the decision comes down to his home and family versus his friends. New York is hanging in the background, but they simply don't have enough to pull him through. So now we have the situation where James is weighing Cleveland and the people he's been around his whole life versus two of his good friends and a chance to do something phenomenal with the amount of star power they'll have. It's a difficult one. Maybe not so difficult as to require this much time and a major network special to decide, but a huge decision nonetheless.

At the end of it, I believe he'll return to Cleveland. Going to Dwyane Wade's turf? Not his style. Staying home and ruling the roost? That's what he does. That's how he rolls. He'll never have the power base in Miami with Pat Riley and Wade that he'll have in Cleveland. Never have the God-like state of adoration from the fans, who already have their favorite. He'll never be what he in Cleveland to Miami. If New York had managed to stay in the race a bit more, had had a few more things go their way, he would have landed in New York. But faced with this decision, he's going to do what feels right. With so many competing ideas, people most often turn to what they know to be true.

And LeBron knows he loves Ohio, and Ohio loves him.

The King returns to his throne.


Posted on: July 8, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:51 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: What's Miami up to?

Posted by Matt Moore
 The Miami Heat are doing some interesting things as we inch closer and closer to LeBrocalypse tonight at 9 p.m. ET. KB reports that the Heat are trying to move Michael Beasley as part of the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade.  Simultaneously, Jeff Goodman of Fox reports that the Heat have offered shooting wing Mike Miller a five-year deal worth between $27 and 30 million with a deadline of tonight. Presumably that means that if LeBron James doesn't go with the Heat, unless all three of the Triumverate are willing to take massive paycuts .

The two reports indicate that whatever happens tonight, the Heat plan to be busy. The Heat may be trying to add Miller as a final bit of leverage with James to show him that they can build a championship around the three of them even with little cap space. Miller is a terrific shooter, or at least he was, until he was sent to Minnesota and inexplicably stopped shooting. I'm not saying he stopped shooting well. I'm saying he stopped shooting. He started passing up open looks. Miller said earlier this year that he wanted to play for a contender. Well, if the Heat get LeBron James, I think you can definitley call them that, but then Miller can't join them. Without James, thoughthey're still probably a high favorite in the East, though probably not moreso than the Magic or Celtics, yet.





Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:20 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 4:41 pm
 

What the Bosh S&T proposal means for the Raps

Posted by Matt Moore

KB informed us that the Raptors are inching closer to a sign-and-trade agreement for Chris Bosh to Miami. The deal has now grown to include Houston and Charlotte, primarily from the Raps end so that they don't have to take on a player. The deal they're pursuing would get back their first round draft pick they traded to Miami, along with a massive trade exception for 2011, and a player from Houston, ideally.

This move signals that the Raptors are not pursuing a strategy of trying to make the current roster contend, but instead abandoning ship on the team as it was built. A full rebuild is underway. It's a perilous approach considering how much money the Raptors sank into contract last year in order to keep Bosh around, without any real indication he would be staying in Toronto. Bryan Colangelo will essentially be moving to undo all the decisions he's made, and that's the kind of process that's painful and often costs GMs their job.

Getting the pick back and taking the trade exception is a great start, though, and not having to absorb the risk of Michael Beasley is a huge upshot. The team may be back in the lottery again next year, and they'll want a shot at franchise savior Harrison Barnes. Not taking on any more contracts will make it easier for them to try and shave salary from trades, and this should be viewed as an open invitation that the Raps are open for business.

Andrea Bargnani and Hedo Turkoglu are the two biggest albatrosses, and while there are elements of each's games that could attract teams, the contracts Colangelo gave them in a failed attempt at a contender will likely make them near immovable. They may be forced to take on deals like the ones New York had to endure the last two seasons in order to unload them.

Someone had to lose out this summer, many teams did. Unfortunately it looks like Toronto may be in for the roughest turn.

 
 
 
 
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