Sports fans are reportedly on #LeBronWatch, and with NBA free agency kicking off July 1, the speculation is that LeBron James is definitely headed to the Lakers.
As reported by DeadSpin, James made it clear at his post–Game 4 press conference that he hadn’t started to think about where he might next play, but his family’s comfort will play a role in his decision-making process.
Gary Payton dropped some “scoop” with BSOTV about LeBron’s eldest son enrolling at a Los Angeles area private school:
“His son just committed to Sierra Canyon, which is in the valley of L.A. That’s where his son’s gonna go to school, with Scottie Pippen’s son and Kenyon Martin’s son.”
Payton notes that he doesn’t think LeBron is the “type of parent” who would enroll his son at a school in Los Angeles and then move to the opposite end of the country to play ball for another team.
Deadspin’s Chris Thompson writes:
Why, you may even recall discredited reports from just a few months ago that LeBron was visiting schools in Philadelphia during the NBA All-Star break. But no one associated with those reports—nor, indeed, with Sierra Canyon’s admissions department—comes with the iron clad credibility of Seattle SuperSonics career steals leader Gary “The Glove” Payton.
If you’re less concerned with whether LeBron James would dump his son in Los Angeles and then take a job in, say, Miami than with why Gary Payton would even know the first thing about where LeBron James and Savannah Brinson are planning to send their son to school in the fall, hey, knock it off! The mystery of LeBron James’s free agency has been solved! He is going to the Lakers. Under no circumstances will you see any reports to the contrary between now and July 10. No sir.