Never mind becoming the next Michael Jordan. LeBron James is already the new Tim Tebow, the latest Brett Favre. James is already a source of endless speculation among the television pundits, even though he cannot opt out of his Miami contract until after next season.

Does he stay estranged from the fans he jilted in Cleveland, or become engaged anew with them in a quest for a championship that would absolve him of his original sin?

Like James' leaving, his return probably will come down to what is best for him. He valued expediency over image without a second thought before, then bragged on a commercial about stacking teams all the way back to high school. Based on that attitude, given his fondness for teams that were dynasties when he was a boy such as the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees, I called him a front-runner.