Although many have tried, it's impossible to predict where LeBron James will sign after he becomes a free agent on July 1. Since his season ended last month with the Cavaliers' second-round playoff loss, James has limited his interviews to breezy chats with the likes of Larry King. At this point it wouldn't be a surprise if he gives the big scoop to Oprah or Regis and Kelly. There's a winking wouldn't-you-like-to-know quality to his remarks, suggesting that James is getting a kick out of the endless speculation over his future. If the King had been jotting down his innermost thoughts, the latest entries in the LeBron James Free Agency Journal might look something like this:
Welcome to the Summer of Me. I Googled my name today and saw that I've been mentioned more than 11,000 times—in the last 24 hours. SI.com has the LeBron James Watch, ESPN.com the LeBron Tracker, and there's a website called Countdown2LeBron.com. Might as well rename the month of July after me. Free agency would start on LeBron 1st. Independence Day would be the 4th of LeBron. Maybe the guys at Nike can make this happen. Just for this year, of course. I don't want to seem egotistical.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert told me he's trying to get Tom Izzo from Michigan State to be Cleveland's new coach. If I stay with the Cavs, I'd be happy to have Izzo come work for me. I mean, with me. Work with me. I have got to stop doing that.
I'm hearing that a few critics think I'm getting drunk on the attention, that it's making me think I'm all-powerful. Not true. For instance, I'm humbled that President Obama took the time to weigh in on my status. As a thank-you, I'm going to make a couple of phone calls and get this BP oil spill cleaned up for him. Least I can do.
John Calipari, the Kentucky coach, just texted me for about the 10th time today. The guy is persistent—I can see why he's such a great recruiter. He says he'd love to coach me, wherever I end up. He also says the best thing is that in the NBA, teams don't forfeit wins or vacate championships. That seems really important to him.