...the rest of us just get to live in a world where that decision is all certain sports people talk about for the next four months.
Within the limits of trade, free agency, and the draft, the Cavaliers gave him anything he wanted. Backup forward? Coming right up, sir. Center to clog the lane? Have we got a hairball for you! They gave him everything he could possibly desire -- except a ring. And some people feel that gives him the excuse to leave -- mostly the same group who feel his departure would effectively kill the entire franchise, and possibly the city.
You know it's a major free agency period when the fans go into conspiracy theory. 'He tanked the fifth game! He lost the whole thing on purpose so he'd have a reason to leave us!' Uh-huh. Or maybe he had a bad game. Possibly he's a player whom pressure gets to. If you like, he was distracted by his bids for that Manhattan apartment. No way to know, really.
What good does leaving Cleveland do him? If he wants a ring as his first priority, the teams which can offer him the most money aren't necessarily the ones who can build around him all that fast -- there's no instant plug-and-play on the horizon. (Oddly, if the Nets land that #1 pick plus LeBron, they may be as close as anyone. Worst to first?) If he wants raw cash -- well, in his sport, there's only so much he can make in straight salary, and at his level of celebrity, many of the endorsements come to him. Heading to a major market will increase his paydays -- just not necessarily all that much.
What does he want? To be wined and dined? Told how much everyone loves him? A cross-country flirtathon?
I know what I want. I want this to be over by July 1st.