COMMENTARY | What does LeBron James' wedding with Savannah Brinson have in common with his plans as an NBA free agent? The writing's on the wall.
The Miami Heat star's nuptials took place over the weekend under a veil of secrecy and signaled an end to his personal free agency (sorry, ladies). While many knew LeBron and his girlfriend from high school were getting hitched, the details were reserved for a lucky few.
I'd argue that LeBron James used the same template of secrecy for his wedding that was employed for the "Big Decision" with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Moreover, he's likely to use the same approach when the chatter ignites next summer for 2014 NBA free agents.
LeBron James and Savannah Brinson consider Akron 'home'
In the spirit of the lyrics, "Papa was a rolling stone, wherever he laid his hat was his home" (Temptations, 1972) -- not so much the "rolling stone" part -- James lays his hat in Ohio and calls Akron home.
Over the last three years, LeBron has been living and playing basketball in Miami for the Heat. So, that makes the case in favor of the game's MVP to stay in South Beach, right? Wrong.
Bear in mind that many professional athletes and celebrities split their time between addresses. James is no different.
That aside, his recent plans to expand his 30,000-square foot compound in Akron may offer a telling clue as to where he may settle once he becomes a free agent next summer.
Back in May, sources say King James planned to grow his Township residence by another 6,480 square feet. I'm going out on a limb here, but a person doesn't expand a home by that degree unless he plans to spend a considerable amount of time there.
Note: James' home in Coconut Grove is a mere 12,178 square feet compared to his Ohio property of nearly 37,000 square feet (post expansion).
On the surface, one looks like a vacation home, while the other looks like a castle fit for a king.
LeBron James understands the rules of C's: controversy equals cash
The details of LeBron and Savannah's wedding bore the footprints of the "decision" that kept the public on edge before he joined the Heat.
Similar to his hush-hush plans to defect from the Cleveland, LeBron's wedding plans were shared with only those in attendance. Additionally, the rules called for invitees to turn in their cell phones upon arrival. Imagine that?
Don't think for one minute that the league's best player doesn't know the value in playing possum at every juncture.
Sure, the Cleveland fans were blindsided by his rumored last-minute plans as if they were cheated on by their lover. But that just raised the mercury on LeBron's bank account. Soon, Miami developed a maniacal love affair with the expatriate and the NBA world soon followed suit.
After leading the Heat to the NBA Finals all three years since his arrival -- winning two championships along the way -- it soon became apparent that his plans panned out.
I'm not convinced it was merely the product of accidental success; it was part of his master plan.
Assuming his handlers are advising him in the same manner, it makes perfect sense to keep the public in the dark of his future plans, again, until the 11th hour.
Days before James tied the knot, he still expressed uncertainty and offered no hint about where he may lay his hat for the 2014-2015 NBA season.
And to add more confusion to the mix, LeBron James gets married in San Diego, a mere 125 miles from Staples Center.
You can't make this up.
Bradley is a professional writer and journalist, sportswriter, and avid follower of the NBA, NFL, NCAA, PGA and all things tennis. He keeps a watchful eye on Miami Heat developments.
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