So, turns out, according to ESPN, that the reason the entire basketball world is still being held hostage by LeBron James' indecision is over Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's infamous 2010 comic sans letter where he publicly blasted James. In the letter, Gilbert called LeBron's choice to freely sign with another team "cowardly," and mocked his "King" nickname.
The letter had been on the Cavs website since LeBron came to play for the Heat in 2010, and remained there until just last week, when it mysteriously vanished after it was reported that Cleveland had a real shot at landing the four-time MVP.
"If it wasn't for that letter, this would've been done awhile ago," an ESPN source said.
Whether or not this is true -- it's tough to gauge what's been true and what hasn't during this whole thing -- it is a pretty important point.
Other reports say that after taking a meeting with Pat Riley on Wednesday, LeBron wanted to talk things over with his family. There had been rumors that LeBron and Gilbert had communication during this time, but nothing confirms that. What is confirmed is that LeBron's camp said there were no planned meetings with any other team after Miami.
Here's an excerpt of Gilbert's 2010 letter:
Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.
Sorry, but that's simply not how it works.
This shocking act of disloyalty from our homegrown "chosen one" sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And "who" we would want them to grow-up to become.
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called "curse" on Cleveland, Ohio.
The self-declared former "King" will be taking the "curse" with him down south. And until he does "right" by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
Meanwhile, the waiting continues, and the insanity along with it.
The latest has had people scouring the Internet in a
Da Vinci LeBron Code-like quest to find any clue to decipher James' decision.
Gilbert's private plane landed in Miami earlier this week.
Dan Gilbert has a plane. It's here. pic.twitter.com/G7WUeUcV87— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) July 6, 2014
Turns out Gilbert wasn't on the plane, and that he has some business interests in South Florida. Also, he wasn't even on the plane.
But then things got....
crazy nutty insane bananas wtf weird.
There were the subtle "clues" being left in tweets and Instagrams that seemed to favor LeBron returning to Cleveland.
Like this post from Mike Miller's Instagram that shows LeBron's old Cavs jersey. Rumors had circulated that LeBron had called Miller to see if he was interested in joining him in Cleveland.
There were others, such as a report that LeBron's website had changed its colors to Cavs colors. There were also the inspirational posts on Ray Allen's Instagram, where he writes inspirational posts that were taken to probably mean that maybe LeBron was going to Cleveland.
And then, on Thursday night, LeBron arrived in Miami from Vegas. His traveling partner for the flight: Dwyane Wade.
On Thursday night, ESPN's Chris Broussard, who had previously said that LeBron's chances at returning to Cleveland was at 85 percent, tweeted this:
This is getting very interesting. Definitely not at 85 pct for Cavs anymore :)— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 11, 2014
Moments after that, Heat owner Micky Arison "favored" the tweet.
hmm.... why did micky arison fav those last two tweets. pic.twitter.com/lBN15x1OfS— (@StephGhost) July 11, 2014
Make of that what you will, Interweb sleuths.
Until then..... we all LeWait.