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LeBron James has every reason to stay in Cleveland. He was born and raised in Akron. He is the face of an entire city, state, and franchise. Money isn’t an issue, because he’ll still get a max contract to stay. He could be the star that stays with one team his whole career and “makes” a city, like Jordan did in Chicago and Kobe is doing in LA. He could forever make Cleveland synonymous with LeBron James.

But, at the same time, LeBron James has every reason to leave Cleveland. Upper management has shown that they can’t give him the pieces around him to win a championship. With New York calling, the largest media market in the world could propel him from the face of the NBA to the face of worldwide basketball, into an upper tier that only Jordan has achieved. He could become a BRAND. He could be the biggest icon in the most recognizable city on a historically frustrated but also historically rich team. LeBron loves challenges and what better a challenge than having the job of turning the Knicks around 180 degrees, back to the days when the Garden was rocking so loud you could hear it in Times Square? That would be his. All his.

This is where the problem begins. One case is just as legitimate as the other and the only thing that matters now is exactly what LeBron decides to do. And that is what he has kept guarded like classified government information. It’s not like people haven’t asked. It’s a constant topic in his interviews. But, every time it is asked, he dances around it just as easily as he does the futile defenders that stand in his way on the court.

So what are we to think? Truthfully, all we can do is over-analyze, run in circles, and draw unsubstantiated conclusions.

Guys make fun of girls many times for being interested in celebrity gossip, but this is exactly what we’re doing! This is our Brad and Angelina drama! This is our lead-up to the season finale of The Bachelor? Who will Lebron give the rose to? The glitzy and glamorous blonde that is New York City, or the All-American, Midwestern sweetheart in Cleveland?

We won’t know until July and we’ll be tearing our hair out over it until then. Your future depends on this. Choose wisely, Chosen One.

-Dan

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