After all of these years at this job, I really am trying to do better at “sports blogging.” My opinion is still that most of conversations about sports are just “the dudes’ version” of celebrity gossip, which is seen as “for women.” We care about Anne Hathaway and Rihanna the same way dudes care about LeBron and Tom Brady. Obviously, there are women who care about sports (and sports gossip), just like there are men who care about celebrities and celeb gossip. That’s why I’ve tried to get better about sports gossip: it’s just as exciting and drama-filled and beef-happy as celebrity gossip.
Arguably, the biggest sports/gossip story last week was LeBron James deciding to become a free agent. Everyone believed this was coming, especially after the Cavaliers lost so badly to the Warriors in this year’s NBA Finals. The feeling was the LeBron – arguably the greatest player in the NBA – didn’t have a team he could count on during the crunch time of the Finals. So then the speculation went into overdrive: where would Bron go? Well, we got our answer: he’s going to LA. He’ll likely finish out his career as a Laker.
Sorry Cavs fans, LeBron James is on the move once again. Bringing an end to months (and for some fans, years) of speculation, James announced through his agent on Sunday that he is ending his second stint as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers for the upcoming NBA season.
“LeBron James, four time NBA MVP, three time NBA finals MVP, fourteen time NBA All Star, and two time Olympic gold medalist has agreed to a four year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers,” reads a press release tweeted by Klutch Sports Group, James’ agency, on Sunday. It was widely thought that James, who turns 34 in December, would choose a team as a free agent. Doing so would not only give the athlete a chance at a ninth NBA finals appearance, but would likely lead him to another match-up against back-to-back NBA champions the Golden State Warriors.
But James’ decision wasn’t cut-and-dry from the start, as several teams — barring some trades or free agency signings — were in solid position to sign the star, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and the Cavaliers.
A lot of analysts were saying that a move to the Lakers would probably be LeBron’s choice, just because he seems tailor-made for the LA life, and the move would give him one of the biggest media markets in the world, and it would help his brand as a celebrity-athlete. Plus, the Lakers have the money (sort of) to build a really good team around LeBron. Add to all that… Magic Johnson made it his mission to personally convince LeBron to join the Lakers. The LA Times reports that Magic went to LeBron’s house to make a man-to-man appeal to join. So… I’m sorry Cleveland. Bron got you a championship and that was amazing. But he’s Hollywood Bron now.
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