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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.



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evturner1
Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:30 am
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Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:30 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

ok k dog, you can make that arugment against any championship that has ever been won in the history of sports. its pretty weak. why are you only talking about kobe though? magic never won without kareem, bird never won without parrish or mchale, duncan never won without robinson or parker/ginobilli, etc. etc.

See where i'm going with this? Godd attempt at an arugment though. Keep up the hard work



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:29 am
 

evturner come on

evturner why don't you shut up and put your favorite teams ohh thats right because you are probably a fan of different teams to and you are going to try to call me out.grow up



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:27 am
 

Loyality

my loyality does not go with the necessary home team, can you blame me i had the detroit lions and Detroit tigers to cheer for almost all my life and they sucked.I'm sorry i'm a fan of the teams i like.i don't jump ship on my teams and thats what makes me a true fan.no where is it written you have to have the home teams of your state as your favorite team.



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:26 am
 

Feel bad for d-wade

i honestly feel bad for wade. Every lebron hater will hate the heat even though wade is a likeable guy and player. Its gonna be tough for people to decide whether to root for wade or against lebron



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:23 am
 

Final Time Bryant never won by himself

everyone needs to quit saying that Kobe won by himself or he was the main reason the lakers won.he never won before Shaq and never won after Shaq until Gasol showed up.and to anyone who watched the basketball play-offs this year they know Kobe didn't do shit but get bailed out by Gasol and Artest when he missed the winning shot in each game 5 against Oklahoma Thunder and Phoniex.Kobe didn't do shit and if it wasn't for Artest's defense and for Gasol being a beast the lakers would have never won this year.FACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


evturner1
Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:22 am
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Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:18 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

they gave him an old shaq and a broken down and hurt jamison and you expected the cavs to win...LOL>>LOL.for anyone who says James has to have the ball or an ego on the court look how many times he looked to pass the ball at the buzzer because someone had a better look.a couple veterans who want a title will come to miami for less money and James will be just fine.Especially when they beat the Celtics in the Eastern Finals not the Magic.Then it is on to the finals againist the lakers where pat riley meets phil jackson and James meets Bryant in a 7 game series..CAN'T WAIT



Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:16 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

I do not think the NBA benefits from this at all. There are not many superstars as it is and there really are not many rivalries in the NBA.
I would much rather see Lebron compete against these guys than playing with them. He obviously feels that he can not lead his own team to beat the other best teams and players. Cleveland looked at Lebron to lead them to a title and be Jordan or Kobe but I guess Lebron cant put a team on his shoulders. He just wants to be a piece of the puzzle like everyone else. A strange approach for a man who calls himself King.
 




Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:12 am
 

KING JAMES????? LOL!!!!! LOL!!!!!

This guy just screwed the Cavs BIG TIME!!!!!!! If I lived in Cleveland I would BOO him like he was trash when he came back!
Dont worry Cav fans NOWAY YES ISAID IT NO WAY! Does Miami win a title next year. They wont make it past Boston or Orlando!!!
It will be a matter of 10-20 games B4 you will find out they have no chemistry and will fight for points and the Spotlight!!
Does anyone knowthis guy STILL HAS NO RINGS???????????? Winner? I dont think so! They gave him Shaq and Jamison and look how that worked out. King James LOL! I know im goin to take some Heat 4 this no pun intended!


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