Best-selling author Buzz Bissinger, who wrote LeBron James' high school memoirs, Shooting Stars (the paperback version is set to release with a new title, Dream Team), says he believes James is going to leave Cleveland, regardless of what the Cavaliers do this season.
HOOOPSADDICT.com writer Ryan McNeill got Bissinger's take, though the author hardly committed to his opinion and was quick to point out he didn't have any inside information.
Still, it is an interesting perspective from a person who spent a great deal of time working with James as his subject. So he has to have some insight:
Like eveyone else, I have asked LeBron what he is going to do and he has flashed me that exquistie smile. I am not privy to any special information, but my gut tells me he will leave the Cavaliers whether they win an NBA championship or not. He has aspirations beyond basketball. He wants to be a billion dollar athlete. He likes challenges and bright lights. There is nothing like New York and the goal of making the Knicks champions again is an incredible one. So I say he goes to the Knicks IF THEY GET THE RIGHT SUPPORTING CAST.
Ans you know that's the big 'if' when it comes to the Knicks. LeBron would own New York in a way that no athlete has ever owned it, except maybe for Reggie Jackson after Game Six of the 1977 World Series when he hit three home runs, and as we know, the love affair did not last forever.
It would be exciting as hell to watch and I think LeBron would luxuriate in it. But as you say, he also loves Ohio, so it is going to be a very difficut decision and I don't think he has come close to making it yet. And, remember, the most important value in LeBron's life is loyalty. Still, I say he goes. But once again, if anybody out there is a betting man, bet against me.