LeBron James' "I'm Coming Home" essay, written for Sports Illustrated, was a seminal moment in sports history. Years after crushing the hearts of every sports fan in Cleveland,James decided to come back to his hometown team in the summer of 2014.
Before the essay was published, though, no one was sure what James' next move was going to be. Not even best friend and at-the-time Heat teammate Dwyane Wade. But in an upcoming book written by ESPN'sBrian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin, we become aware that Wade could have found out if he was nosy.
Apparently James edited the story written by Lee Jenkins while on a plane with Wade. Due to the nature of the information, though, James couldn't reveal his secret to him.
Via "Return of the King," courtesy of NBC Sports:
After watching the afternoon sessions of his camp, James went to McCarran International Airport and boarded a Nike-owned jet. Its destination was Miami, and Wade joined him on the flight, which had been previously arranged as he got a ride back home. Two days later, on Saturday, he was scheduled to go to Rio de Janeiro for the conclusion of the World Cup as part of a Nike promotion. On the plane were Nike personnel, some of James’s staff, and Wade. As the plane traveled east and night fell, James reviewed and made some changes to Jenkins’s first draft. But Wade was still not told.
“You can’t ask Dwyane to carry that,” [James' agent Rich] Paul said. “He couldn’t. It would’ve put him in a terrible position.”
While this isn'tnecessarily groundbreaking news, it's kind of interesting to know James had already made his decision, but couldn't tell one of his best friends. In the end, it worked out for their friendship as they still remain close.