Lee Jenkins, the Sports Illustrated writer who got LeBron James’ “Going Home” scoop, penned a story for the magazine, giving a closer look at the four-time MVP’s return to Cleveland.
It’s so fascinating that James and his camp kept this story so quiet, considering the small army of ESPN reporters deployed to get the scoop. And here’s Jenkins, with James on the 57th floor of the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, getting the sports story of the year.
“Fifty-eight stories down, a media armada tracks flight patterns, moving vans and entrée choices at LAVO. Is he 60% to Cleveland and 40% to Miami? Or the other way around? Did he meet with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert or not? Did he confide in Heat guard Dwyane Wade over dinner or not? Caroline’s Cupcakes, apparently an emerging news source in Canton, Ohio, reports he is headed to the Cavs. NBA free agency grinds to a standstill, an entire league waiting on its King, as if anticipating a plume of white smoke from the Wynn.”
Jenkins also details what James was feeling after “The Decision” backfired on him in 2010.
“Of course, James was hurt by Gilbert’s Comic Sans screed and by the fans’ barbecued jerseys, but he also recognized the blurry line separating love and hate. James and Cleveland were the couple that couldn’t be together yet couldn’t stay apart.”