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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.



Comments

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:00 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Really? Id cut my balls off if they didnt get 1, i predict 3 out of the 5 all will probably sign for. Like to hear some other predictions out there.



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:59 pm
 

More than one to win a championship

also would like to say to anyone who says he needed to stay in cleveland and win by his own design you are crazy.jordan couldn't have won without Pipen.Wade and Bryant couldn't win without Shaq.Bryant also couldn't win without Gasol.Kobe is regarded as the best player right now and twice he needed help to win so if Cleveland wasn't going to bring in any help for lebron then he needed to go elsewhere.look at the numbers from last season he scored 48% of the cavs points in the regular season and they said he had a winning team around him.I'm pretty sure in today's basketball not basketball from two decades ago, because those days are gone, you will not win when someone on your team is scoring almost 50% of your points throughout the season.



Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:57 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

LeBrun, good choice and demonstrates how little a leader he is ... follows Wade and Bosh but delays his decision so he can grab some spotlight ... can't wait to have him not get the ball when he thinks he can win a game.
Secondly, the making of the second three dynasty, Pierce, Allen and Garnett ... Boston's been there, done that with more character and integrity.
Melo and Stoudemire have always been better team mates and producers ... good luck with the self imposed 'king' ... may his reign rain down on Miami. 




Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:57 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

The Cavs were favored to mop the floor with Celtics in 08 and this past season how did that work out for the King this guy has become a shameless self promoter unless you are a fan of the Heat you want this guy to fail to win a ring. Jordan had six rings lebron will not come close in Miami to many egos.



evturner1
Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:55 pm
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Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:52 pm
 

Quit Hating....

Cleveland, How can you rip a guy that gave you everything from Blood, Sweat and tears?  I am from Cleveland and this is a move he needed to make.  He wants to play with his friends and give him a chance to win.  He doesn't care.. He just wants to win.  How can you fault him.  Danny Ferry brought in the wrong guys time and time again....  Jamison instead of Amare.  If you are not going to play Hickson in the playoffs...  Why even keep him?  Get Amare!  Instead they brought in a guy that has never won anything?  Jamison and has a tendency to lose in the playoffs...  Your job is to surround yourself with winners...  Mo Williams (never), Jamison(never) and those guys are part of your nucleus....
I don't know why you feel he owed Cleveland to sign here.  He didn't.   Where would you rather play... Cleveland or Miami...  You make your choice...  I would choose Miami too!


evturner1
Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:52 pm
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Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:51 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

moron.



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:50 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

lets be honest he wasn't going to win a championship in cleveland and thats what he wants.he took less money so his decision isn't based on greed but rather winning a championship because that is all you hear about now a days.you can't be consioder the greatest to play the game unless you win the championship.don't believe that look at the NFL where is Dan Marino ranked as quarterbacks go, to many below Tom Brady which is funny.Do the cav fans honestly believe that anyone of them would have stayed if they had a chance to.I agree that a national tv show was not needed to announce the decision but that was sportcenters call don't blame lebron.And any lebron hater can blame Bosh because if he would have went to cleveland then maybe lebron would have stayed.But i guess gilbert couldn't afford both lebron and bosh.speaking of gilbert for him to rip james apart and act like a bigger child than lebron had been acting like is funny.he honestly believes that the cavs will win a championship before Lebron does,lol



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:49 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Boy there sure are alot of unintelligent (fans) out there. They all say LeBron is selfish haha. He took less money to play for a championship(s). That is selfish. They say he sold out on his hometown, he served his time and honored his contract, and name me an all time superstar that won for his hometown, i don't think there are too many. He doesn't owe any of us or Cleveland anything, he did his best it wasn't meant to be. He is setting aside his ego to try to play for championships and won't be the main guy but one of the guys that to me is ultimate selflessness. Everyone says that a super team can't win haha, the big three Celtics won, Birds Celtics won, Magic's Lakers won, Dr J's and Moses Malone's 76ers won. Know your history before you blow out stupid garbage. How many HOFers are on those teams. If you watched the Olympics when these guys played together, they set their egos aside and played with great chemistry. DWade and LeBron carried the team till Kobe got his game going in the last couple of games. I did not see any clashes of egos DWade was the Offensive catalyst and LeBron the defensive catalyst at those Olympics really could have been co-MVPs if there was such a thing in the Olympics. People are hating because it was not their team that was chosen, TOO BAD, this team might not win a championship, but I seriously doubt that. They said the same thing with the Celtics of 2008 three future HOFers but they won. People criticize LeBron for losing to Celtics well, the Lakers was supposed to be the best team and won the championship by 3 points with homecourt and Kendrick Perkins out. Wow could it be that the Celtics might really have been the best team and was not at full strength in game 7. They definitely were better than the Cavaliers. For those that said Lebron disappeared in the last game against the Celts, look again he had a triple double. Stop crying and whining because whatever choice LeBron was going to choose he was going to be criticized so I applaud him for making it and basically telling all the miserable cryers and whiners to go take a long walk off a short plank. Why the big deal anyway he plays a game it doesn't change life from day to day.


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