People who know me well know that I'm a pretty cool customer.
A nice guy. Mild-mannered.
Very few things in sports, and really in life, bother me. But in the wee hours of this morning, the carnival barking started. And frankly I was ready to erupt.
It began with this video:
Really? We're about to do this AGAIN? Members of the national media, unconvinced that LeBron James is actually happy being back home in Cleveland, are starting to revive the most tired narrative in all of sports.
Time and time again since James came back to the Cavs in 2014, pundits like Stephen A. Smith have put out narratives like this. During last year's NBA Finals, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical started more speculation. Now, It's The Ringer. I saw the headline 'Might LeBron James consider taking his talents to Southern California?' in The Washington Post. National publications are running with this because LeBron James moves the needle.
ESPN NBA analyst and talk host Jalen Rose has put his two cents in:
June 6, 2017
"Don’t be surprised if King James … ends up somewhere in California eventually before he retires."
Just stop the insanity. Stop it now.
Can I bring up a few points to the carnival barkers?