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LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 10:01 am
In the end, the King took the easy way out.

LeBron James, in the most overhyped free-agent decision in sports history, announced Thursday night that he’s joining the All-Star duo of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. It’s the new Big Three. The Dream Team. The Trio of Tyranny.

Or the Axis of Evil, depending on your perspective.

James joining Wade and Bosh creates a vortex of power in Miami that could reshape the NBA landscape for the better part of a decade.

"This morning I woke up and had a great conversation with my mom," James said. "And once I had that conversation, I think I was set. The last time I changed my mind was probably in my dreams. And when I woke up this morning, I knew I had made the right decision."

LeBron’s announcement, the culmination of an unprecedented tsunami of hype and ego, came nearly a half-hour into the choreographed TV show fit for a King. He chose the Heat, and an alliance with the two other top players from the most anticipated free-agent history, over his hometown Cavaliers – who drafted him out of St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School down the road in Akron in 2003 -- as well as the Knicks, Bulls, Nets and Clippers.

"I don’t have any doubts on it at all," James said.

It was a rare chance for a player in the prime of his NBA career to team up with high-profile contemporaries and chase down championships – and for James, that cupboard is bare after seven years with the Cavs. It was also a chance for James to prove his stated loyalty to his hometown, the heartbreak capital of sports, and remain committed to bringing Cleveland its first pro sports championship since 1964.

But James, 25, passed on that chance, dealing a crushing blow to Cleveland and embracing instead the get-mine culture that will once again be associated with the NBA.

"It’s about joinig forces with the other two guys that I feel like I respect their games the most," James said.

He also passed up on the international stage – and another All-Star, Amar’e Stoudemire – offered by New York; the chance to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan in Chicago; and the allure of his friend Jay-Z’s Nets team, which in two years will move to Brooklyn. The Nets fell out of favor in the LeBron chase, and most league executives never believed the Clippers had a chance.

While James may have given himself the optimal chance to chase championships, there are a couple of issues to consider. First, there will be little flexibility for Heat president Pat Riley to surround his trio of superstars with a championship-caliber supporting cast. Second, and more important, James’ legacy could be damaged by failing to win a championship with the team that drafted him. No matter how many titles he wins, he may be remembered for this unabashed ring-grab.

"It's not a super team yet," James said. "We don't even have enough players to fill the roster. ... A team, or a championship team is not built on just three guys."

James did not divulge any contract terms, saying his agent, Leon Rose, was working on the details. He did predict that all three superstars will be willing to accept less money than they could've gotten in other situations.

As expected since James’ plans for an elaborate TV announcement earlier in the week, it was over the top. James even starred in some of the commercials, with his voice featured in the first one of the night. James announced the decision in an interview with announcer Jim Gray at the Boys & Girls Club of Greeenwich, Conn.


Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:23 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Meet the NBA's A-Rod! This move will cost LeBron millions in endorsment. NBA is great with rivals, not a super team.... so talk to you all in 5-6 years when league is fun again.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:21 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Wow!! Who says all athletes are selfish?? This will be exciting to watch every night. The Eastern conf will be a beast.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:20 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

This guy is the biggest joke since T.O.  Give me a break!!! 

Go to Miami and maybe they'll win 50 games.  I guarantee that the ego on that team will keep them from getting past the first round of the playoffs.

Best of luck to anyone who best on these fools to do anything other than sign autographs and cash those paychecks...

Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:19 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

i hope thats the way it goes...itll be a huge ego clash...lebron is WAY too used to bieng "king" ...i dont think itll work...on paper though,you seemingly can buy championships..BOOOOO

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:17 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

The difference is that Malone and Payton were over the hill and joined the team to be roll players.  Bosh, Wade and Lebron are superstars in their prime.  It will be a fun team to watch and very intersting to see who gets the ball at crunch time.

Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:16 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

no doubt about that one!

Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:15 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Why put every city through this?  The three of them knew the plan was to play together since the olympics.  They all signed deals to let them out of their contracts this year... why pretend otherwise?  Fine that they want to play together but let's be honest about it.  
That said - wow, if these guys can learn to play as a team, they are going to be pretty awesome.  

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:15 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

It's not will be proven true. When was the last time an NBA team had three big free agent signings of threee All Star claiber players were not on the downside of their careers? The Celtics do not count because KG, PP, and RA are all over 30...and they have proven that they could never win it on their own. I know Bosh will be comfortable playing second fiddle to Wade and James, but of the remaining two who gets the last shot at the end of the game? Who gets the coveted interview after a victory? Do they flip a coin to decide who gets to do what?

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:14 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

3 players dont make a team?? huh.. two words 2008 celtics. do your homework berger

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:14 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)


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