From Rick Chandler at Out of Bounds
ESPN’s big LeBron special, The Decision, is just hours away. But if you’re the NBA’s top free agent who is going to book a party to celebrate your choice, you have to make reservations. LeBron has booked six cabanas at the W Hotel South Beach this weekend, according to UsMagazine.com, and I’ve checked, and there’s no Furry convention there. Us:
That adds more fuel to the fire that James, 25, will announce he’s joining the Miami Heat Thursday night, as several insiders told ESPN this morning. (He’s still confirmed to attend NBA star Carmelo Anthony’s Saturday-night wedding to former MTV VJ LaLa Vazquez in NYC.)
If James goes to the Heat (where he’d play alongside All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh), he’d likely take a $30 million pay cut, ESPN reported. His current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, has offered him a six-year, $128 million contract, while Miami would sign him to a five-year deal worth $99 million.
Meanwhile, from the Twitterverse:
fangsbites I’m trying to find something else to watch at 9 tonight. Even if I have to watch Lifetime, I’ll do it.
iracane It won’t be a real TV event tonight unless LeBron invites Carol Channing, Rip Taylor, and a musical performance by Vikki Carr.
cbrennansports How to combine wc2010 and LeBron: vuvuzelas should be blaring throughout the announcement.
sternbergh Of all places for LeBron to go, Miami is the worst, the most boring, the lamest narrative.
benmaller Jim Gray’s first question to LeBron: Are you willing to show contrition, admit that you bet on baseball and make some sort of apology?
ConanOBrien Congrats to my staff on 4 Emmy nominations. This bodes well for the future of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
Sorry … that last one has nothing to do with LeBron.