Per independent sources, ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that LeBron James will be announcing his free agency decision live on ESPN Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
That's right, NBA free agency has officially jumped the shark. Hopefully to complete the effect, LeBron will lay out four hats, start to pick up the Chicago one in the middle, only to have a Cleveland cap underneath. Then he'll proudly put it on, hug his mother and this whole "recruitment" will have gone full circle.
But as high school-ish as this all sounds, what's cool is that LeBron's people reportedly requested the option to sell sponsorship for the one-hour special, with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of America. I can dig that. As childish and self-centered this whole free agency thing can be, that's a pretty selfless, quality gesture. And good PR as well, mind you.
Obviously everyone is probably thinking what I'm thinking right now: So does ESPN already know? According to the report, no they do not. And supposedly won't until LeBron announces it live on TV.
Brian Windhorst also tossed out that ESPN was in talks with LeBron about filming his free agency "tour" but those talks ended after the Cavs bowed out in the playoffs to the Celtics. So LeBron was already planning out this televised special while he was playing in some of the most important games of his life? I think you can draw your own conclusions there.
So I guess we can all stop worrying about this Thursday night. Until then, speculate like you've never speculated before. Because even as draining and mind-numbing as this is, it's kind of fun, isn't it?