The former Associated Press and ESPN writer added that James will make his decision public before he leaves for the World Cup final this weekend. The announcement is expected to be posted on LeBronJames.com, according to Sheridan.
James met with Pat Riley for an hour Wednesday to tell the Heat president he was returning to Cleveland.
“James met with Miami Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday in Las Vegas to deliver the news, and Riley did his best to try to get James to reconsider, comparing the stability of the Heat organization to the relative instability of the Cavs, who have a meddling owner and have changed general managers and coaches several times in the past few years, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.”
Apparently, the chance for James to return home and deliver the city its first championship since 1964 is too good a story to pass up, and the Akron native is all about building his legacy. What better way to do so than making a winner out of a town whose teams have spent four decades coming up short?
“The Cavs were the only team able to offer James something no one else could: Redemption. Let us not forget that we are reaching the four-year anniversary of ‘taking my talents,’ Jim Gray, Cavs fans burning jerseys and Dan Gilbert wrongly predicting more championships for Cleveland than Miami in his infamous comic sans stream-of-consciousness Internet post — a post that was purged from the Cavs’ Web site overnight Sunday.”
Sheridan appeared on the Kiley and Booms Show, which airs on 92.3 The Fan. He appeared around 9:30, which was an hour after his scheduled time. Sheridan had cancelled the original interview, according to the hosts.
Initially, the hosts were irate Sheridan backed out, and one of the broadcasters (not sure if it was Kiley or Booms) called him out when he finally appeared. The back-and-forth led to some awkward radio moments.
Sheridan was curt at some points, asking why he was being interrupted when answering a question. He also had this to say when asked about how close he is to the source giving him his information.
“What kind of question is that? Next question,” Sheridan said.
When asked if he’d stake his pro reputation on his report, Sheridan replied “He’s 100 percent coming back to cleveland…the decision has already been made…”
The basketball blogger also addressed the Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love rumor that’s been rumored to take place should James sign with the Cavs.
“I don’t think the Cavs are going to give up Wiggins in a Kevin Love deal. i think the Cavaliers will put together any other combination of guys, excluding Kyrie Irving…but they’re not going to give up Andrew Wiggins…Wiggins is a special talent and Cleveland has no interest whatsoever in losing him.”
Sheridan also reminded listeners Love doesn’t want to play in Cleveland, and Kiley and Booms responded by citing the report stating Love would sign a long-term deal in Cleveland if James committed to northeast Ohio.
Sheridan responded by saying he was just passing along the info he had been given.