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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: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:49 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Malone and Payton had long seen their best years before joining the Lakers. This is a completely different situation than that one. I wonder if the end result will be the same as the Malone and Payton experiment in LA?

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:47 pm

Don't even have to read the article...

Berger is right...
All that work to get where he is, and he does not even want to try and create his own legacy. Even if he does win 10 championships, he will ALWAYS wonder what if he did it alone. Sad day for the sport...I can only hope Durant, Melo, Kobe and the new young guns really step up.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:45 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Won't it be nice to see a Lakers Celtics rematch again this year.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:40 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Dan Gilbert's open letter to Cavs fans is awesome...

F-you LeJudas

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:37 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Should have cut the guy that nailed his mom immediately! Don't blame LeBron. Blame West and LeBron's mom!

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:33 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)


Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:30 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Good luck JJ Hickson.  It is your time now.    Won't be watching any of the NBA finals b/c not a surpirse who will be there.   Good Lebron.   Bitter but not angry.   You should (or better get at least 3 championship rings) and happy for you that you will have place in history as one of the greats.    No one can win a championship on their own,   I understand that.  Can't think of anyone that has actually put together a "dream team" like this and won and everyone was excited.  ( I guess maybe the Allen and Garnett comes the closes in recent years).    Guess I am happy Lebron will have his rings and his place in NBA history.   The sad part is I don't care and have a problem actually following the NBA.    I have had problems with really caring about MLB over the past few years and feel NBA is heading down the same path.   

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:29 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

As Geoerge Carlin once said, "If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." Or better yet, Murphy's First Law: Nothing is as easy as it looks. Murphy's Second Law: If there is a possibility that several things can go wrong, then the one that will cause the greatest damage will be the one to go wrong. And finally, Murphy's Third Law: If you perceive that there are three possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong and circumvent these, then a fourth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop. They need bench depth and wont have it. What if 2 of 3 gets hurt. What then? LOL

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:29 pm

Lebron, the Best Scottie Pippen Ever

This is Wade's team and he is the alpha dog.  He took a bunch of unknowns and an aging center all the way to the promised land.  LeBron never could do that.  No matter how many rings this trio wins, Lebron will always be 1 behind Wade and that 1 makes all the difference.

This was such a cop out and so disappointing.  He will not have a legacy to tarnish anymore...what is Scottie's legacy?  Best sidekick?  Welcome to your legacy LeBron you pussy!

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:29 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Don't be so sure.  Even if they don't end up winning (yeah right), everybody will assume that they will, and have no interest in watching this dumpster of a league.  Should have known from the draft where you had everybody trading guys for MONEY!  This league is a farce. 
These guys don't care about anyone or anything but themselves.  And there has never been more imbalance to the league.  Everybody talks about how free agency was the beginning of the end for the dynasty teams-  not so... If LeBron went to the Knicks, or got Bosh to come to Cleveland, it would have been great.  You would still have had a decent Celtics team, the Magic, and if he had gone to the Knicks, and Bosh went to Miami, it would have been wide open.  I guess LeBron wants the ring bad enough to do whatever it takes, even if he IS riding D Wade's coat-tails (and I, like many others will ALWAYS see it that way, regardless of how many titles he wins), or if he has to have ALL THE STARS on his team, so the competition is SO WATERED DOWN it's ridiculous.  Might as well contract the playoffs to 4 teams in each conference, cause the other half won't deserve to be there-unfortunately, they will get in by default (as in "who sucks the least?  You get to go to the playoffs!").  The West would be the Lakers, Dallas, Oklahoma City, and the Suns or Trailblazers.  The East will be Miami, Boston, Orlando, and NY (just because I needed a 4th), or the Bulls.  Outside of those eight (or 9) teams, I can't really think of anyone who has a shot.  Pretty sad in a league with over 30 teams.  I hope the NBA is ready for the biggest drop-off in ratings in the history of televised sports.  Really a shame too- they were this close to being on par with football-now, they just fell back behind baseball.  So much for LeBron's feeling it as his responsibility to bring the NBA back to it's former glory.  What a joke.  Who can legitamately compete with this team?  And before you say the Lakers, remember they had to win the last 2 AT HOME just to beat the Celtics big 3, and they don't hold a candle to these guys.  Even after signing Jermaine O'Neal, I still see them as the 2nd best team in the conference.

  Don't worry LeBron, NY won't forget.  We'll just sign Melo and CP 3 nect year, or get Tony Parker to go with Amare (seeing as we still have options with David Lee this year, and Eddy Curry's 13 million contract expires next year).  And if we do, you better hope you get that ring this year, cause otherwise, it ain't gonna happen.  Hope you enjoy being looked at as the biggest joke, and failure (regardless of titles) for the rest of eternity.    

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