The Source

By Justin Cherot

Hey Nas fans: remember his first song on Illmatic, “NY State of Mind”?  One of his best for sure, but what sticks out for me is what he states BEFORE he starts spittin’:

“I don’t know how to start this…”

I loved it, specifically because on the surface he’s talking about the track, but in the grander scheme of things he’s talking about his career.

His legacy.

“I don’t know how to start this…”

Fine.  I’ll just dive in… I have a source close to LeBron James, the No. 1 free agent in free agency history, saying WITH CONFIDENCE that he will announce his intentions to sign with the Chicago Bulls on Thursday or Friday of this week.

Luol Deng hopes that I don't know what I'm talking about... allvoices.com

Re-read.

Google it.  ESPN.com it.  You won’t find anything concrete.  As a matter of fact, I’ll help you, as this story saying LeBron is still uncommitted floated on ESPN a couple of hours ago.

But, in this summer of speculation and Chris Broussard face-time, I stumbled across some very interesting information.

I’ve never broken a story before, and quite frankly I’ll take the passive approach and not claim to “break” anything as an unemployed journalist, but I got a text from one of my boys saying that someone employed by ESPN was down at LeBron’s camp in Akron, and beans were apparently spilled by one of the guys running the camp.

Vague?  Kind of.

But this is what it’s come to.  It’s much better than just firing educated (or uneducated) guesses at where LBJ might end up.  Plus, it makes sense.  Even if said camp coordinator (not releasing names) isn’t necessarily inside the King’s primary circle, he’s close enough to feel a trickle down effect.  My guy at the camp, while it isn’t necessarily his job to follow every little footstep during this free agency process, definitely has a good BS detector.  Having seen all types of news and statements, he knows what’s legit and what’s not.

Would this be enough to break a full-fledged story?  Nope.  It’d be one thing if I was in the field for a few years and had a good track record, but no one’s going to believe a wannabe journalist who has to open in the flooring department on Wednesday, right?

Before I go and open the floodgates to all sorts of “who the ^$^& are you” comments, I actually have witnessed a similar situation before.

Back around 2001, when Michael Jordan was mulling a comeback to the Wizards and I was mulling a debut into full-fledged alcoholism as a freshman in college, a friend of mine went on a cruise to one of those islands that rappers talk about traveling to.  Who happened to be on the cruise?

Christian Laettner, of all people!

Inevitably, my boy was drinking with him one night and apparently was liquored up enough to ask the question on everybody’s mind.

Friend: Is MJ  coming back?

Laettner: F#@$ yeah he’s comin’ back!  Are you serious!?  Hey, wanna come back to my room and watch the shot I made against Kentucky?”

So yeah, people tell me weird but strangely true stuff all the time.  Information, whether my ears are open or not, just finds me.  Am I going to prove prophetic thanks to this source come Thursday or Friday?  Who knows?

But what do I have to lose?

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