Ah, Facebook. You have to love it. It’s the only place where you can create outlandish fan pages, groups, and profiles, and then invite other people to share in your creation. And thus we have the “LeBron James to the Timberwolves 2010” Facebook group.
I was checking Seattle Sportsnet’s Facebook profile this morning when I came across an invitation to join the LeBron-Timberwolves group. I was about to decline the invitation, based on relevance, when I paused and thought twice about the issue.
First, what are the odds that LeBron actually signs with Minnesota in the summer of 2010? I’d say somewhere around one-in-a-billion. Maybe one-in-a-trillion. King James will become a Timberwolf (Timberwolve?) around the same time that Rush Limbaugh fathers a child of Afro-Mexican ethnicity.
Second, why not root for the underdog? If LeBron actually did sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves it would be the feel-good story of the century. The lowly T-Wolves. Whudathunkit?
It would be bigger than Favre as a Viking, Vick as an Eagle, and Griffey as a Mariner (again) combined. The story would be front page news and LeBron would achieve God status overnight. Sure, he’d be cherished in New York, revered in Miami, adored in Cleveland. But he would be loved in complete, unadulterated fashion in Minnesota, where they haven’t had a true hero to worship since the days of Kirby Puckett. I could go for some of that.
Third, there are actually Timberwolves’ fans out there who really, truly believe that this is possible. They honestly think that LeBron could very well be playing for their hometown team in less than year. Call it naivety, call it innocence, call it blind stupidity. Whatever. It’s the holiday season, for heaven’s sake, and if you’re going to make a wish — albeit a big wish, an ENORMOUS wish — might as well do it around this time of year.
If nothing else, you have to respect the fans for the efforts. All they want is a winning team, just like the rest of us. They want to celebrate a championship, just like the rest of us. And they want to dream irrationally about the best and the brightest talents in the sport being a part of that celebration, just like the rest of us.
And consider this for a minute. In a world of metrics, sabermetrics, matrices, and spreadsheets, LeBron has as good a chance of signing with Minnesota as he does any other team in the NBA. So there’s no point in shooting down the hopeful right now. Let them dream. And love them for it.