News of a decision on the future of Lebron James was said to be coming any moment, as the NBA star told police in Bath Township, Ohio, where the NBA mega-star has a house, to get ready for the news of his decision.
Thursday afternoon, a police car was spotted outside the Lebron James house just outside of Akron. But Washington Post blogger Marissa Payne wonders what the presence of a stepped up police patrol in the Akron area could mean? Is James set to announce his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Akron native’s “hometown team, which drafted him out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School with the first overall pick in 2003?
Or does he plan to return to the Miami heat, his team since 2010?
— Mary Kilpatrick (@_marykilpatrick) July 10, 2014
“The police could be there to stave off vandalism if James announces he’s staying in Miami or going elsewhere,” wrote Payne. “Or, maybe — just maybe! — the patrol car is on the scene to control ecstatic revelers who plan to gather for a party outside James’ abode to celebrate the star’s return.”
But reporters at the Akron Beacon-Journal, James’ hometown paper, appear certain that James has already decided to make a return to his roots and rejoin the Cavaliers.
But despite the fact that Lebron James was expected, according to Phil Trexler, to deliver his news “tonight,” as of 10 pm Eastern time there had been no announcement.
Folks in Bath feel strongly that LBJ will sign w/ CLE. LBJ’s camp contacted cops hour ago to alert them of tonight’s annoucement. #kingjames
— PHIL TREXLER-ABJ (@PhilTrexler) July 10, 2014
As reported earlier on The Inquisitr, sharp-eyed observers noted some anomalies on Lebron James’ personal online site, LebronJames.com that were thought to indicate that James had already decided to return to the Cavaliers.
As of Thursday night, James was still in Las Vegas, teaching at the summer basketball camp he operates there.
ESPN News reported that when James showed up for the afternoon session of the basketball camp Thursday, he was seen sitting next to his Miami teammate and fellow superstar Dwayne Wade, and the two appeared on friendly and even jovial terms. The joint appearance led to speculation that perhaps James would return to the Heat after all.
After meeting with Miami Heat President Pat Riley, James announced through representatives that he would not meet with any other NBA teams. He has not held a formal meeting with Cavaliers personnel.
Unlike four years ago when Lebron James was last a free agent and announced news of his next team in a much-hyped televised special, this time he is expected to make his news public on LebronJames.com.