NEW YORK -- If LeBron James and the Cavaliers lose Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal on Thursday in Boston, the next man who coaches James won't be Mike Brown or even Mike D'Antoni.
James' next coach will be Mike Krzyzewski, the head coach of Duke and the USA Basketball team that will compete this summer in the world championship.
So, does Krzyzewski have any insight on where James is headed in this summer of free agency?
"You know, I really don't," Krzyzewski said Wednesday at the New York Athletic Club, where he will be honored with the Winged Foot Award. "Whenever I talk or communicate with any of those guys, I never try to talk about their future. I just talk how they're doing right now."
Right now LeBron is on the brink.
After scoring 15 points in Tuesday's lopsided 120-88 loss to the Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena, James fins his Cavalierss down 3-2 as the best-of-seven series heads back to Boston for a decisive Game 6. If the Cavs win on the road, Game 7 will take place Sunday back in Cleveland.
With the beginning of free agency looming July 1, there are various schools of thought on what James will do, including two theories about why he might leave.
One holds that if the Cavaliers come back and win a championship, Cleveland's first pro title since 1964, James, an Akron, Ohio native, will feel free and clear to depart his home state for elsewhere.
The Knicks and Nets, along with Chicago and Miami, have cleared ample salary cap space to pursue James and the other elite free agents this summer.
Another holds that if Cleveland loses in the playoffs -- to Boston or another team -- James will decide the franchise simply can't win and will depart for greener pastures.
Buzz Bissinger, who co-wrote a book with James last summer, believes James will leave Cleveland no matter what happens.
"I am not privy to any special information, but my gut tells me he will leave the Cavaliers whether they win the NBA championship or not," Bissinger told HoopsAddict.com. "He has aspirations beyond basketball. He wants to be a billion-dollar athlete. He likes challenges and bright lights."
Bissinger added that James might join the Knicks "if they got the right supporting cast," adding that was "a big if."
Krzyzewski, who led Duke to its fourth NCAA championship last month with a 61-59 over Butler in Indianapolis, said James and his fellow free agents should do what's best for them.
"The thing that I would say to him and to any of the guys is, do what you feel is best for you," he said. "They have this short window and they need to pack in as much as possible. And again, it's their life.
"Their commitment to being outstanding is the best and they deserve the right to do what's right for them and we should all adjust accordingly even though somebody's going to be disappointed. They should not be the ones who are disappointed."
Wade can miss time: Krzyzewski said he would understand if a player such as Miami guard Dwyane Wade missed the world championship this summer because of "personal" reasons.
"We should be sensitive to their needs," Krzyzewski said. Referring to Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, he added, "They're giving up of their time, so if LeBron or Kobe or Carmelo's getting married this summer. Dwyane, these guys, Chris Bosh, if they're not able to play, we understand that.
"There's a part of me that says don't worry about it, worry about your personal thing. Now if your personal stuff gets done and you want to play, then play, but you don't have to play."
Wade, the All-Star guard from the Heat, has said he might not be able to participate in the world championship because he is undergoing a contentious divorce and has two young boys, ages 8 and 2.
The divorce took a nasty turn this week when a Chicago judge ordered sheriff's deputies to take Siohvaughn Wade into custody after she failed to show up for a Monday divorce hearing.
Siohvaughn Wade will have to post $10,000 bond to be released, Cook County Circuit Judge Marya Nega said, according to The Associated Press.
The U.S. basketball team will convene July 19 at a mini-camp in Las Vegas. After a week-long series of practices and exhibitions in New York in early August, the team will compete in the world championship in Turkey from Aug. 28-Sept. 12.
"My thing is, I got a lot of things going on personally," Wade told reporters at Madison Square Garden last month. "If I can be there in Vegas or in New York...then I will be there. I'm a part of this team. And if could play, I will. If I can't, then they will understand."
He added: "If I got something to do that's first and more important, and it's my family, then I have to do it."
Jerry Colangelo, the head of USA Basketball, recently announced that anyone who misses the world championship without a good reason could be left off the roster at the 2012 London Olympics.
"There were a lot of things said prematurely and eventually we will all sit down and go from there," Wade said. "It's unfortunate that there was stuff said back and forth. They know with my heart that I've been committed to USA Basketball since 2004."