It seems like only yesterday that LeBron James made The Decision to take his talents to South Beach. Two MVP awards, two NBA titles and two Finals MVP awards later, it's almost time for James to make Another Decision. Will he keep his many talents in Miami or use his early termination option next July to leave the Heat? Could he return to Cleveland? Or go to Los Angeles and give an aging Kobe Bryant a chance at another championship? Becoming a Laker seems his least likely option because his and Bryant's salaries would limit the Lakers' ability to attract quality support players, but everything is purely a guess for now. "I never saw him leaving Cleveland so I would never try to predict what he wants to do," said Jeff Van Gundy, the former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach who's now an analyst for ESPN. "But wherever he plays, they're going to have the best player in the game." James also can opt out and sign a new, longer deal with the Heat, which would allow him to recoup money he "sacrificed" by taking less than the maximum when Miami acquired him and Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade in July 2010. With James "playing out of his mind," as Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said last week, and Indiana looming as Miami's only obstacle in the woeful East, James has reason to stay and pursue more rings. If the Heat reaches the Finals again it would be the first team to get there four seasons in a row since the Boston Celtics of 1984-'85-'86-'87.
As another Decision looms, Miami's LeBron James gives it some thought
Los Angeles Times | Dec 29