Well, the people running Send LeBron to Chicago do, anyway. They sponsored that snazzy billboard shown at the top of this post. Notice the phrase “unfinished business” and the seventh NBA championship trophy? I think we all know what they’re getting at.
Accoding to Daarel Burnette II of the Chicago Tribune: “AJ Barthold, 28, said he and a group of friends were able to raise $1,750 through his Web site, SendLeBrontochicago.com, enough to pay for the billboard’s placement for two weeks. … If the billboard doesn’t work, Barthold’s Web site — which includes links to a letter-writing campaign, ways to volunteer and a “die-hard-fans-only” corner — makes a ‘logical’ argument for James to choose the Windy City.”
The argument being “The Bulls will be really, really good if you come here…so please, please come here!” Ah, sweet logic.
But wait, there’s more. According to Jay Busbee of Yahoo! Sports: “Chicagoland Speedway president Craig Rust has offered to rename his joint ‘LeBron James Speedway’ for the upcoming race weekend July 9-10 should LeBron sign with the hometown Bulls. Rust told LeBron he’d be named the ‘king’ of the speedway, and that all proceeds from the sale of ‘LeBron James Speedway’ to a local charity.”
These crazy courting gestures come on the heels of Cleveland’s “We Are LeBron” video and Clippers fans holding a parade in LeBron’s honor. And, of course, the President of the United State has even gotten involved, stating LeBron would fit “pretty well” with the Bulls but that it would be “wonderful” if LeBron stayed in Cleveland.
Okay. That’s it. I have to say it: This is officially the craziest free agent saga I have ever seen.