Lebron James is once again the cover boy of the current issue of Sports Illustrated, at least his seventh such appearance. It was seven years ago this month that the mag dubbed the then-high school sophomore "The Chosen One." This time, the article focuses on what a freak of nature he seems to be: he's gained considerable weight and muscle mass since turning pro, and yet can still outrun and outjump lighter, more aerodynamic players. The writer even brought a scale along in hopes of getting to the bottom of various reports that he may now weigh as much as 274 pounds (Lebron didn't oblige, but he did admit to having gained eight pounds over the offseason, even while trying to lose weight. Should we be worried about this long-term trend?) Four years ago, Cleveland-based Stack Magazine, aimed at educating young athletes about the most effective workout regimens, offered this article about Lebron's high school workout routine. Meanwhile, as the Cavs get ready to play the Knicks in New York tomorrow, the national media hype machine is cranking up to full volume again with all the silly reports about how he's supposedly headed elsewhere at the end of next season, when his current contract is up, looking for greater fame and money. The lunacy peaked a few weeks ago, I think, when the infamous Nike huckster Sonny Vaccaro made this memorable observation to the New York Times : “Even though Cleveland has done everything right, you don’t get to Mount Rushmore from Cleveland. He has to go to New York or Los Angeles. There’s no question. The money will be available anywhere. But this is about his persona.” ESPN.com has now posted this invitation for Cleveland fans to pour their hearts out about how unfair it all is, and what the Lebron/Cavs conversation is like around their local barbershops. By all means, send them a note if the spirit moves you. But we'd also like to hear your thoughts on the matter.