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LeBron James keeps Heat, sports fans guessing about future

CHARLES TRAINOR JR

CHARLES TRAINOR JR

Miami Heat's LeBron James is pushed away from the basket by San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan in the second quarter in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday, June 15, 2014. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/MCT)

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Just last week, I decided it would be fun to visit Miami, Florida. At the time, I figured I would just sit back, relax and enjoy the colorful atmosphere that is Miami. Of course, this was before LeBron James became a free agent and sent the sports world into a tizzy.

I didn’t expect to be driving down the highway listening to “LeBron Tracker Radio,” just like I didn’t expect to see two guys in a local Cuban restaurant get into a fight over where he’ll go. Witnessing everything got me thinking, what would the powerful Miami Heat do if he leaves?

Granted, the Heat didn’t win a three-peat, so the powerhouse isn’t as strong as it was before. But if James were to leave, what would they do?

James hasn’t decided to leave. He hasn’t come out and said he’s quitting the game or the Heat. The entire city is waiting with bated breath wondering what he will do.

For the two guys who decided ?arguing with each other was the best way to kill time waiting, your frustration isn’t unwarranted. Though hitting each other may not be the smartest solution. James does what he does best: He keeps ?us guessing.

If he does choose to leave, it will be the end of an era. However, it doesn’t mean it’s all over for the Heat; it means that it’s time to rebuild. To compare the Heat to what we saw this year with Alabama, it’ll be a regrouping off-season and fresh start next season. It’s not over, per se, but it’s going to be a completely different ballgame.

For most of the city of Miami, all they would like to hear are those four little words: He’s staying in Miami. Whether that will come true or not is still up in the air. Though he is the famed star of the team, James also helps keep the team in ?the limelight.

While listening to “LeBron Tracker Radio,” where all they do is talk about what is allegedly known about the athlete’s career plans, you could understand why they would worry. This is a team that has revolved around the great magnitude of his playing abilities. They may not like to say they rely on him to come out with the win, but he’s a big factor. In the city’s eyes, losing him would mean the end.

Since James has kept his career future a mystery, I ?know for a fact the city is deeply concerned about the future of the Heat. If nothing else, they want him to stay to help the team regroup and start over. But until James releases his intentions, the city will remain eerily quiet, waiting for the final word.

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