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Welcome to BracketRacket, your one-stop shopping place for all things NCAA.
Today, LeBron James struggles with “The Decision” (Again? Seriously?), Fox anchor Neil Cavuto tries to order takeout food off a bracket sheet, men debate “hotness,” best-selling crime novelist Robert Crais plots a happy ending for the NCAAs (clue: Duke wins! Duke wins!), and one very sad Kentucky fan refuses to take off his hat.
Oh, and the real tournament begins.
But first, let’s crank up the time machine.
THE DECISION _ PART DEUX
It’s July 8, 2010. King James has surrounded himself with props (or real children, still not sure which) inside the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Conn. He is about to end the summer of speculation and make “The Decision.”
Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, James jumped to the NBA after his junior year of high school and the home-state Cleveland Cavaliers are the only pro team he has ever known. But he’s also a free agent and tired of winter.
“I’m going to take my talents to South Beach,” he says, “and join the Miami Heat.”
Now it’s Wednesday, we’re back in Cleveland and James and the Heat are closing in on the NBA record for consecutive games won in a regular season. That first decision looks pretty good in hindsight, especially after James finally got that first championship by beating Oklahoma City in the finals last year. Strangely, though, he will be a free agent again in 2014, and he’s been coy about his future plans.
So AP sports writer Tom Withers sidles up to James at the Heat’s morning shootaround Wednesday and asks the tough question: “Who ya got?”
“Everyone has a chance to win it,” James replies. “Everyone.”
That’s right: The King still hadn’t filled out his NCAA bracket, either.
He likes Louisville and Kansas, Indiana and Ohio State. He just can’t _ stop me if you’ve heard this before _ commit.
“There’s always going to be one sleeper,” he told Withers. “There’s always going to be a VCU or a Butler or Norfolk State that’s going to be out there in the Elite Eight. We’ll see.”
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