LeBron's decision will finally bring closure to us all

Most of the high-paid chess pieces have slid across the NBA's free agent chessboard. Thursday night, the King, LeBron James (left, photo by Reuters), will make his move — one that has been speculated over (or is it overspeculated?) since he signed his deal with the Cavaliers in 2006.

So, what's it going to be, LeBron?

New York? Cleveland? Miami? Chicago? L.A.? Some brand-spanking new expansion team that will play its home games on the moon by 2013?

We're dying to know. Then we will try to move on with our lives as they were before LeBronmania. This is what you were shooting for, wasn't it?

It's your world. We're just living in it.

At least until Thursday's grand finale.

The resolution will be televised, of course. Millions will tune in to ESPN at 9 p.m. for the unprecedented made-for-TV event — with ad revenue going to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

You didn't want it to seem like televising the big decision was all about stroking your King-sized ego, did you, LeBron?

Wherever he lands, let's hope his head hasn't become too big to fit in his new (or old) arena after everyone pumped up his tires these past few months.

But as tired as we are after weeks of kicking and paddling to avoid drowning in all the hype, we're going to stick it out to the end — frustration be damned — like a bunch of determined "Lost" groupies.

We need to know how this story ends.

Finally, in prime time, we'll be clued in to LeBron's next move. The potential storylines are what reeled us in in the first place. All of LeBron's possible destinations have their own allure — each giving him an opportunity to craft a unique legacy.

He can revive the storied Knicks in the bright lights of the Big Apple. He can keep a promise to Cleveland. He can join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami to make a superteam for the ages.

There's the Michael Jordan connection in Chicago and the Jay-Z connection in New Jersey (soon to be Brooklyn).

And turning around the Clippers would be one hell of an accomplishment, though the Earth might crash into the sun if that were to happen (then LeBron really would have to go play on the moon).

Forget chess. This is LeBron's game of Choose Your Own NBA Adventure. And whichever team he picks will be the right one — as long as he wins a title.

If he doesn't, he will be second-guessed forever. That's the deal.

The King hasn't gotten his ring yet, as his growing number of critics are quick to point out. But you've got to figure this freak athlete, a sometimes unstoppable force, will break through eventually.

The only question is what color jersey he will be wearing — and which legacy he will be weaving — when he finally does.

That's why — love him or loathe him — I, you and millions of others will switch the channel to ESPN for LeBronmania's firework finish. Whether they are looking for a franchise savior or simply closure, Americans will witness must-see TV.

So, what's it going to be, LeBron?


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