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Commentary: All LeBron, all the time — when will it end?

One of the NBA's premiere players will announce soon where he'll play next season. No aspect of this story has gone unreported.

July 05, 2010|By Jon Weinbach, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Last Monday, longtime reporter and current Fox Sports radio host Stephen A. Smith guaranteed that James, Wade and Bosh would be signing with Miami, citing unnamed experts. On Friday night, Smith backed down, writing on his website that the Miami scenario is merely "possible" rather than a fait accompli.

On Saturday night, reporters descended upon a Manhattan theater to get a quote from Stoudemire, the free-agent power forward who may join James on a new team. Two reporters even sneaked into the theater for more information — and were ultimately chased out by police.

The New York Daily News, which has created a special website, GetLebron.com, to aggregate all James-related news, got Stoudemire to drop the following tidbits: that he likes New York, that he's discussed the idea of getting other notable players to play with him in New York and that it "would be great" to play with LeBron in Gotham.

Stoudemire's "bombshell" — as the Daily News called it — was soon requoted and repackaged by dozens of other outlets.

The end may be in sight, however. James is expected to announce his decision before his summer basketball camp begins this month in San Diego. Or so I heard.

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