Lebron James's decision will air live on ESPN Thursday
Wednesday, July 7, 2010; 1:15 AM
AKRON, Ohio -- LeBron James's dramatic and historic free agency will have a fitting conclusion - on TV.
ESPN reported Tuesday night that James will announce his future NBA plans during a one-hour special on its network at 9 p.m. Thursday. ESPN's Chris Broussard said James' "representatives" contacted the network and asked for the unusual arrangement just a day after James opened up his own twitter account.
It is not known which team James will join or where the announcement will take place.
The two-time MVP and marquee name in a stellar free-agent class also featuring Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, recently met with six teams - the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets.
Both James' publicist Keith Estabrook and ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz declined comment to The Associated Press.
Citing anonymous "independent sources," Broussard reported James' group requested they be allowed to sell sponsorship for the special with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
James' agent Leon Rose and business manager Maverick Carter did not return phone calls and e-mails from the AP seeking comment.
Earlier, all his fans got was a tweet out of James.
With the Summer of LeBron trudging along, James opened a Twitter account and posted his first message on the social networking site. Although he provided no information about his future plans, he offered something as the NBA awaits the decision on where he'll play next.
"Hello World, the Real King James is in the Building," said the tweet from KingJames, which by 11 p.m. EDT had more than 187,000 followers.
After arriving for the second day of his skills academy on Tuesday four hours later than expected, James spent six hours at Rhodes Arena in meetings and playing ball with several Cavaliers teammates against high school campers before heading home. He didn't speak to reporters before pulling away in his customized Dodge pickup.