In what’s been the most talked about meeting since Ben and Jerry decided to make ice cream, Miami Heat president Pat Riley and LeBron James are supposed to meet today to discuss James’ future basketball plans.
But Riley won’t be alone.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, several of the Heat’s top brass will assist Riley in the recruiting pitch.
In addition to Pat Riley, it is believed Miami's Erik Spoelstra, Mickey Arison and Dwyane Wade will attend today's meeting with LeBron James
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 9, 2014
Yesterday @Probbdraft reported Riley wanted Wade to come to the interview, but added how having the aging star could backfire on the Heat president.
Riley wants Wade in Vegas & in the meeting w/ LeBron but potential to backfire too. He knows Wade can't stay healthy & will still carry him.
— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) July 8, 2014
Having Arison there could also hurt, as James could ask the Heat owner why he decided to get rid of Mike Miller and save $2 million as the team geared up to make a run at a third straight NBA title.
Remember, James said he didn’t need to meet with the Heat, because he already knew what they had to offer. As Craig Lyndall at Waiting For Next Year pointed out, Miami probably never thought they’d have to sell James this hart.
Riley is Miami’s last hope, as all the signs and rumors point toward James returning to the city where his NBA career started 10 years ago.
Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com took the James story into the next stratosphere last night (if you thought that was possible) by citing a “plugged in source” as giving the King a 90 percent chance of returning to the north shore.
USA Today even went as far to speculate about James return on its front page this morning.
Will having Wade, Spoelstra, Arison and Riley all pitch LeBron aid in the King’s return to Miami?