Multiple sources told Newsday that LeBron James' one-hour special on ESPN, called "The Decision", will be broadcast from a studio in Greenwich, Conn.
The show will air at 9 p.m. on Thursday night on ESPN and James will announce his destination of choice. There was a belief that James would make the announcement from his hometown of Akron, Ohio, which would lead to speculation that he would almost certainly choose to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The fact that this announcement will be made at a neutral site -- though extremely close to the Knicks' practice facility in Westchester and less than an hour from Manhattan -- adds to the intrigue.
The Knicks, who have put two years into preparing to lure James to New York, are believed to be very much in the running. The Nets are also among James' choices, along with the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and, of course, the Cavaliers.
Free agents Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh both committed to the Heat today on ESPN, but said neither one has worked out contract details yet. The two left the door open for James to join them in South Beach for a new, more formidable version of Boston's Big Three.
Meanwhile, the Bulls and Nets are said to be hotly pursuing free agent Carlos Boozer to add to their rosters as a last-ditch effort to catch James' attention.
The Knicks came to terms with Amar'e Stoudemire on Monday. He will be introduced officially Thursday afternoon at a news conference at the Garden.