If you live in or near Cleveland, that sound you heard this morning was the sound of half a million Cavaliers fans simultaneously creaming their pants when they looked at the morning paper. They then promptly sprinted to their closet LeBron shrines and knelt before their King, praying for his mercy.
That’s because LeBron James told the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER that, hey, he might not even wait for that 2010 free agency that so many teams have sabotaged their rosters in anticipation of. James voiced the notion that he could conceivably sign an extension next year, and make the whole bidding war a moot point. But hold on here. There are some very good reasons to take this story with a grain of salt.
It’s probably best to not get bent out of shape over what is essentially a reporter telling James that he could conceivably sign a contract extension next year, and LeBron answering, “I never thought of that.”
So let’s play my favorite game, How Enthusiastic Is LeBron? The rules are simple. Take these four statements he made in response to the idea of signing an extension, and rank them in order of how sold on the idea he seems.
“I will consider it.”
“I definitely want to keep an open mind.”
“I will look at everything.”
“We will look at the options and go from there.”
Not exactly reason for hope, Cleveland fans. Still, I know exactly what Knicks fans are doing this morning: