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Shouldn’t We Stop Talking About What LeBron James Is Going To Do Next Summer, Like, Now?

Submitted by on July 19, 2013 – 10:17 amNo Comment
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I would like to make a promise to all of you out there. I promise that this will be the first and last time that you hear me talking about LeBron James becoming a free agent next summer until at least next June. I don’t care if LeBron himself comes out in two weeks and says that he’s definitely going to consider going to the Milwaukee Bucks in the summer of 2014. I won’t talk about it, I won’t speculate about it, and I damn sure won’t write about it. That is my promise to you. And I hope you’ll take the same oath and agree not to talk about it, either.

Why? Well, because it’s July 2013 and, already, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and every other sports outlet on the planet is talking about where LeBron is going to land in 2014 after he opts out of his current contract. Forget that there’s a whole NBA season between then and now left to play. Forget that the Miami Heat are going to try and three-peat next season. Forget that there’s absolutely no way of knowing where LeBron will land in July 2014. EVERYONE STILL WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IT. But not me. Oh no. I’ve heard the rumblings about him possibly wanting to go to Los Angeles to play alongside Kobe Bryant or Cleveland to bring a title to his hometown. And I want nothing—nothing!—to do with it. It’s far too early to start talking about.

So this is it. This is the last time you’ll hear me address LeBron James. Unless, of course, he does come out and choose Milwaukee. I mean, I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to write about him then, right? Or what about if Kobe comes out and says that he’s going to recruit LeBron to the Lakers? Or, hell, what if Jay-Z gets involved and says he knows what LeBron is going to do next summer? Then I’m basically obligated to write about him. It’s my job! It’s my duty! It’s my…Oh, who am I kidding? We’ve got a year left until LeBron opts out of his contract, and we’re all going to spend the next year talking about it. Even though we don’t know anything, it’s what makes sports great. All of the anticipation and the curiosity will be too much to pass up. It’s going to be a long year, but it’s going to be a fun year. See you in the summer of 2014—unless we hear something about LeBron sooner.

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