The latest Lebron James rumor that has been swirling around for the past couple of hours is that he made a promise to current Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza that he would stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers after 2010, if Ariza signed with the team.
That rumor has been debunked for now by Lebron himself, but then that brings up a very interesting question, “Would you trust Lebron James?” On the outset, this appears to be the easy answer but it is more complex that it appears to be. Lebron is a surely one of the best players in the NBA and one of the most unselfish. Not only would you be playing with one of the best but you would get your touches as well. However, Lebron’s dedication to Cleveland has been tested from his lack of current championships along with the courting of New York City, real or fictional.
For the past couple of years, we all viewed Lebron as a trustworthy individual that many of us would love to build a team around. Then the Orlando handshake fiasco happened, when some of us questioned about Lebron’s character and sportsmanship. How can we take someone at their word if they cannot shake someone’s hand after a loss? At this point, the media circus already had taken control of Lebron for the better or worst but what did we expect from the “most-hyped” NBA prospect of all-time?
However, the media circus around Lebron is much to blame (we are even at fault here) to almost push an answer out of him. In most jobs, we are free to make decision until our contract ends with a company. Think about having your friends and the company that you work for draw attention to you possibly leaving the company for another one. Now, multiply that to the entire media and well, you get 21 thumbs up on BallHype regarding a story that Lebron might stay in Cleveland in 2010.
Would you trust Lebron James? That question might be one of the biggest mysteries of all time until 2010 occurs. In the end, the best answer is probably, “I don’t know.”
(Some information was used from a ESPN.com article)