Now that the college and NFL seasons are kicking into high gear, very few non-football-related items are able to cram themselves into the news cycle. One of those that is able to make headlines is pretty much anything related to LeBron James.
Especially when it’s related to James’ future in South Beach – or elsewhere.
The Miami Heat superstar and international icon has the option to opt out of his contract following the upcoming 2013-14 season. He may wind up doing so, or he may not. After making three consecutive NBA Finals’ appearances and winning the league’s last two rings, James has been noncommittal (at best) regarding his future with his chosen franchise.
Until now. On Tuesday, James made his biggest statement yet, to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, in support of staying in Miami.
“I have absolutely no idea. I would love to spend the rest of my career in Miami with this great team and great organization as we continue to compete for championships. That’s ideal.”
Before the entirety of South Beach breaks out into a cluster gelled hair, tan-skinned salsa dance, James wasn’t finished. Yes, he has admitted that he would love to spend the rest of his career in Miami. However, the man has grown skilled in maintaining political speak, and he gave himself an out.
But we don’t know what may happen from now to the end of the season. That’s the nature of the business. It’s the nature of not knowing what tomorrow brings.
I mean, as a kid, I never thought the Bulls would break up. Never. If you’d of told me as a kid that [Michael] Jordan and [Scottie] Pippen wouldn’t play together for the rest of their lives, I’d have looked at you crazy. And Phil Jackson wouldn’t be the coach? I’d have looked at you crazy. But sometimes the nature of the business doesn’t allow things to happen like you would want them to. But we’ll see.
Indeed, we will. Should Chris Bosh be traded, James could flee. If Dwayne Wade’s knee will not allow him to play at the elite level everyone is used to seeing him dominate at, James could flee.
There are thousands of factors that will eventually play into Bron Bron’s decision. Of course, Miami will spend the entire season hoping he returns after leading the franchise to a three-peat, but we won’t know until we know.
In the meantime, teams like the Lakers and Cavs are biding their time, hoping to pounce should James have even the slightest change of heart.
[H/T: Bleacher Report]