NEW YORK (Reuters) - LeBron James has made at least one decision, just not the one the basketball world had been waiting for.
The most sought after NBA free agent of 2010 has joined the social networking site Twitter under the moniker ‘kingjames’, his publicist Keith Estabrook confirmed with Reuters on Tuesday.
More than 84,000 people have signed up to follow James as speculation mounts as to where he will play next season, even though he has not yet made a single posting.
The 25-year-old has also started up a website (www.lebronjames.com/) with the slogan "Getting Closer." Signing up for alerts from the site takes you to a page that reads "you'll be the first to know."
James is one of a handful of marquee free agents who have the potential to dramatically shift the landscape of the NBA for years to come should they choose to switch teams.
Every move James has made since his top-seeded Cavaliers were eliminated from the second round of the playoffs has drawn plenty of interest. So, naturally, there is now talk about whether his much-anticipated announcement will be made through his Twitter account and/or personal website.
While the talent among the latest crop of free agents is widely considered the deepest ever, James is the front-runner regarded as the one who can swiftly turn any of the league’s teams into a legitimate contender.
Since the free agency period opened on July 1, All-Star guard Joe Johnson agreed to stay with the Atlanta Hawks, while the New York Knicks successfully lured All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire, who played last season with the Phoenix Suns.
But the greater focus has been on James, Miami’s Dwyane Wade and Toronto’s Chris Bosh, who have all met with several teams interested in bolstering their rosters.
James, who has spent his entire seven-season NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, has met with the Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls and other teams hoping to lure the two-time MVP and six-time All-Star to their team.
Twitter, which allows its 100 million users to send 140-character text messages, or Tweets, to groups of so-called followers, is one of the Web’s most popular social networking services, along with Facebook and LinkedIn.
Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Steve Ginsburg
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