*With Chris Bosh joining the returning Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat next season (see video below), the chatter on blogs, Twitter and sports radio has centered on what this means for LeBron James, who will announce his chosen team Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN’s Inside the NBA blogger Ian Thomsen wrote: “Will both Wade and Bosh receive max deals, or are they planning to accept less money in order to create room for James to join them? Will the Raptors accept Michael Beasley in a sign-and-trade for Bosh, which would clear space for Miami to offer near-max deals to James, Wade and Bosh altogether?”
Some are citing James’ prime time announcement special — with commercial proceeds going to the Boys And Girls Clubs of America — as evidence that he’s staying with the Cleveland Cavaliers, believing he wouldn’t rub a departure in the face of his hometown with a one-hour television event.
At least two professional athletes tweeted today that LeBron has chosen New York. Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns wrote, “My sources tell me LeBron will announce that he will be goin to the NY KNICKS tomorrow on ESPN.. This is serious.. WOW!!!!”
NFL star Chad Ochocinco simply tweeted “Empire State of Mind” as a clue, which suggests James is either going to New York, the city celebrated in the song “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys; or the New Jersey Nets, which is co-owned by Jay-Z and is moving to Brooklyn.
Bosh and Wade appeared on ESPN earlier today to confirm their contracts with Miami. (Watch interview below.)
“We all make our decisions at the end of the day. This is an opportunity that me and Chris had to play together and play with someone of this caliber. I know right now I’m one of the luckiest mans on the NBA,” Wade said Wednesday.
“I’m going to have fun. I’ve been enjoying it. It’s been one of the biggest stories in sports. To be a part of it, I had to enjoy it. Instead of running away, I embraced it,” Bosh told ESPN.