LeBron sweepstakes are finally here. Federer falls. And Larry King is leaving us. Oy.

There are New York Knicks fans I know who have been, literally, dreaming about July 1, 2010 for years now.
This is the day that has given them hope. The day that things are finally going to turn around.
The day LeBron James will come to the Knicks. Or so they’ve been dreaming.
Yes, NBA fans, after years of dreaming, wondering and questioning, 7/1/10 has finally arrived. It’s the start of what will be the craziest offseason in NBA history, with so many huge stars available to the highest bidder. LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki, Larry Bird (just seeing if you were paying attention) are all out there, with no contracts tying them down.

Obviously, LeBron is the grand prize. Several teams, including the Knicks, have basically been tanking the last few years, using inexpensive players to make sure they had enough money to sign LeBron.

I thought it was disgraceful, and thankfully it looks like teams that were trying to win (Chicago, Miami, and Cleveland) have the best chance to sign King James.
I know I’m going against the wisdom of the last five minutes, but all along I’ve thought LeBron was going to stay with Cleveland. I believe he’s loyal to his hometown, the Cavs can give him the most money, and I don’t think he wants to be known as a mercenary.

I hope he stays. It would send a positive message that sometimes, staying where you are and winning a championship the hard way is the more satisfying way to go.

**Sad day for me Wednesday, as the great Roger Federer was stunned in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Lots of reasons are being bandied about for Fed’s recent slump; my mother’s theory is that the year-old twins are keeping him up at night.

“It’s hard to sleep with two new babies in the house,” she said. Somehow, I don’t think Rog is waking up for 3 a.m. feedings.

Anyway, I make the point in my Wimbledon blog that I don’t think it’s time to write the obit yet for Fed’s career. He’s still got greatness left in him. But it’s going to be really, really strange waking up Sunday at 9 a.m. for Breakfast at Wimbledon and not seeing the greatest of all time walk out to Center Court.

**I know I’m a day or two late on this, but I think we all need to take a moment of silence to acknowledge the end of “Larry King Live.” Twenty-five years is a hell of a long time for any TV show to be on, and while sure, I mock Larry, and others mock Larry (I crack my mother up every time I’ve said “The Hague, hello, you’re on with …”), the fact is he’s had a hell of a run.

We forget this now, but remember when H. Ross Perot basically launched his presidential campaign just from King? For a while there, ole’ Mr. Suspenders had the hottest show on TV.

We’ll miss you, Larry. Here are two great clips from the show. The first, when Miss USA Carrie Prejean got all offended by his question.

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And here’s a great Ross Perot clip from 1992; I miss ole’ Ross a little.

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