*LeBron James will announce his future NBA team within the first 10 minutes of Thursday night’s hourlong ESPN special devoted to his decision, the network announced Wednesday.
Sportscaster Jim Gray will host the introduction, announcement and questions, stated Norby Williamson, the cable network’s vice president of production. Gray was specifically chosen by LeBron’s camp, who pitched the special to ESPN execs last week.
ESPN says Gray and James will be together in one location, but provided no further details. The Associated Press, however, quotes a source familiar with the plans as saying the special will take place at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Conn. Commercial proceeds from the broadcast will benefit the organization.
The James hour will also include a long-form interview with LeBron by Mike Wilbon of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” and others via satellite from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn.