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LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 10:01 am
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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.



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evturner1
Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:52 am
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Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:47 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Relive the exact moment when Cleveland's heart breaks as LeBron continues to pour it on "The Mistake by the Lake"


evturner1
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Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:44 am
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Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:39 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

People are calling LeBron selfish.  I don't get it??  He is taking way less money to go to the Heat and try to win.  Who doesn't want to win? Whether he does or not??  It will be fun to watch.  People of Cleveland are whining because they feel they own him.  He is the home town boy.  Get over it.  No body else is expected to stay with the team in the city closest to where they were born.  Face it.  If given the choice, you would choose Miami over Cleveland also.  Miami gives him a better chance than New York to win.  Heck, Cleveland gives him a better chance than New York to win.  I actually think he would have had the best chance in Chicago but he would have been expected to be Michael Jordan.  And he's not.  It seems like LeBron and D-Wade are good friends.  Who can blame him for wanting to play with his friend?  I have always respected greatness and no one can deny that LeBron has freakish athletic ability.  I also truely believe that he wants to win.

People blame him for this media circus.  It could never have happened without the media to begin with.  "The summer of LeBron" was starting to get hyped by "The media" as soon as Cleveland lost to the Celtics.  Judging by all the posts, there was obviously more than a few people interested in watching.  Just don't forget, the kid is only 25 years old.  I'm glad I didn't have the expectations and weight he has on his shoulders at 25.  Most of you people that are slamming him would crumble under the pressure.  "Free" agency means that he is "Free" to make his own choice.  And like he said, the one that makes him most happy.  Not you most happy. I'm sorry so many people are disappointed but get over yourselfs.  Root for someone else if you wish but don't waste your life filled with hate:)  Peace.



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:39 am
 

Pride i have

i have pride evturner once again i say if you have pride mention your favorite teams before you talk shit to anyone who doesn't have their home teams as their favorite.though with a name like evturner you must be a ohio state fan which means you would never agree with someone from michigan anyway...and to whoever thinks kobe was stone cold killer once again he missed the game winning shots in the play offs and if he is so stone cold why did he never win by himself.don't crucify james because he can't do something kobe couldn't do either.lets remember kobe would have won 6 titles if it wasn't for his ego that destroyed the lakers team of him, shaq, payton, and malone that should have killed the pistons, but no kobe had to be a cry baby bitch and they lost



Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:33 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Lebron is an amazing player.  So are Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.  Pat Riley is a phenomenal leader.  Certainly we can all see why Lebron would choose Miami - the prospect of seriously competing for a championship, if not more.  The real issue here is Lebron's legacy.  He decided to opt out for the easier, safer choice.  At least it appears that way now.  There is no question that his legacy will take a tremendous hit because he joined another star's team.  He said it himself, Dwyane Wade let him join his team.  As a result of this seemingly poorly-calculated move (in terms of legacy), Lebron James has cemented himself as a Scottie Pippen instead of a Michael Jordan.  Many here may argue that this remains to be seen because we haven't seen the Big 3's roles manifest themselves on the court.  However, in the minds of reasonable basketball fans on a national scale, we cannot ignore the fact that his place on the Miami Heat is one of an addition rather than a base that the team was built upon.  The Heat is Wade's team.  Chris Bosh has a big ego, but he's content playing with players he realizes are better than him.  He just wants to be part of the ride, similar to a Robert Horry.  


Despite the media's efforts to prove otherwise (the media narrative right now is that the new big 3 are unselfish players seeking titles, not money), there is a sufficient concentration of ego on the Heat team to possibly poison the well.  This turns on Lebron's desire to be a billionaire, a champion and the big swinging dick in the house.  Of course he now says that he's happy to be on a legit contender.  However, if and when things go wrong - if the Heat fail to collaborate effectively - his ego will erupt worse than Kobe's epic hissy fit against Shaq.  Lebron wants to win titles at all costs.  He proved it by joining the Heat and compromising his spot among the true elite - Jordan, Bird, Magic, and recently Kobe - who won titles while being the top player on a team built around them.  If anything, Wade's legacy will benfit from this addition.  He persuaded 2 talented players to join him - HIS team.  He's the Jordan of the Heat!  If Lebron James does not win a title with Miami, which is a real possibility, he will look back at this summer with the utmost spite.   Lebron was faced with a better options (Chicago, would lead to titles and legacy and New York - legacy and immortality).  The worst part is that during the interview, he looked uncertain.  He looked as though he was pressured to go there - like the college graduate who wants to be a lawyer but his father forces him into medical school.  I may be wrong on this point, but eyes usually don't lie. 


Let me clear up that there is nothing wrong with being a Scottie Pippen/00-02 Kobe/James Worthy.  Most players would love such a role.  But this role was not what this Lebron hype called for.  The hoopla surrounding the "Summer of Lebron" was too big for his ultimate decision.  Neither Jordan or Kobe would have joined forces with a rival.  They would have terminated him.  Lebron built us all up as though he was ready to finally terminate his rivals.  Instead, in the utmost uncompetitive manner, he joined his rivals.  I must retract a point - neither Pippen, 00-02 Kobe, or Worthy joined their rivals.  They helped terminate them.  Notwithstanding this analysis, I wish Dwyane Wade, Lebron and Wade the best of luck in the coming years.  It will be exciting to see how the NBA landscape changes.  Many things can happen.  But only one thing is for certain, it's time to look for the next heir-apparent to Jordan because Lebron has surrendered the role. 






Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:33 am
 

Thank you for making my point

i didn't mention them because they isn't enough time to mention all the players who couldn't win on their own..so my point is that you can't be mad at james for leaving for a team that presents him with a chance to win a championship and criticize him for not doing it on his own because no one has ever done it on their own in the past 30 to 40 years.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:33 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Why all the hate against the Heat??? No body cried when boston got their own version of the big three... Pat Riley is gangster! Give the guy credit for pulling off the biggest collection of talent in NBA history.



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:32 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

hahahaha wait, k dog. LeBron scored 48% of the Cavs points? ahahahahaha. So they averaged 60 points/game. Yeah ok, hahaha



Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:32 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Sorry, but Lebron,  not his supporting cast shot 11 for 35 in games 5 and 6 of the Boston series. 3 of 14 game 5 and 8 of 21 game 6.
Not to mention the turnovers.
Lebron is great but he did not elevate his game in that series. He missed jumpers like crazy and he did not post up. Lebron got all of the credit when Cavs won and none of the blame when they lost.
 
Gasol is soft. He is good but no superstar. Sorry but I am not buying that Kobe needed Gasol. Kobe has ice in his veins and is a stone cold killer when the game is on the line. Same as Jordan.


You put Kobe on the Cavs roster and Lebron on the lakers roster and Kobe wins another title and Lebron loses to the Nuggets.

Lebron is not on that level yet or he would have his title.


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