Shortly after LeBron James announced via Sports Illustrated that he was heading back to Cleveland, Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski fired off this tweet, which, given the stature of his pronouncements at times like this, had the general air of a collective verdict:
So true. Whenever I think of the city of Miami, I think DISCIPLINE. But no matter. A new narrative had been established, and directly after the LeBron announcement came a torrent of accolades for his decision, not so much for the choice he'd made as a thing in itself, but for the WAY the decision was announced. LeBron has grown. LeBron has matured. LeBron is a grownup. LEBRON IS A GOOD BOY NOW. Who's a good boy, Bronny? IS IT YOU? IT IS!
This video was compiled from just the past couple of days:
While narratives change a lot, people tend to remain the same, and I would wager that the only thing about LeBron James that has changed since The Decision back in 2010 is that he now knows precisely what kind of horseshit sports fans and sportswriters want, and how to deliver that horseshit. It should be humble, it should be understated, and it should turn up in tasteful prose in a tasteful magazine. Read that essay in SI and you see LeBron touch on every possible item in the great American psychic lunchpail: