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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: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:26 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

I have never been a NBA fan my entire life. This has me super excited to enjoy one of the most memorable era's in sports.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:25 pm

LeBron chooses Heat

So, Lebron chooses winning and playing with his friends over getting the most amount of mony and all the whiners are bagging on him? Where are the cries about KG, Ray-Ray and the Stab Victim? Get over it. Interesting to see how the East will react to this and if it will register at all in the superior West...

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:24 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

The tiltle still run through L.A. u idiot.

Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:19 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Man ya gotta love the Raptor's chances now that Bosh is gone. He was totally dragging the team down with his 20/10 monotony and twittering silliness. Time for Reggie Evans to braid that freaky beard and get some coordination so's he can put up some wicked 2/2 numbers each and every night baby! Booyah! Raptors gonna rebound with a vengeance come the next ice age people! We're talkin' when hell freezes over it'll be cryin' time for anyone outside the walls of toronna! THEN Bosh will be sorry he left! 

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:18 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Everybody talks about the Heat wont have a bench to support them in the playoffs and they hate the Heat now and hate LBJ now...I follow NBA pretty closely, and I'm a realist so I know what goes on.  Night in and night out, I see refs favor certain teams/players.  It happens in the regular season and in the playoffs.  And I look past that and just enjoy the athleticism of these guys.  But dont kid yourselves and say the Heat wont have a bench to make it into and deep into the playoffs.  They WONT need a bench!  THEY WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS AND THE NBA FINALS because they will get help along the way (officiating)...the reality will set in at the Finals because the NBA FINALS is officiated differently than the other games/series prior to it.  The bench will be needed and the players/coaches will need to adjust due to match ups...That is where the Heat dreams and LBJ/Wade/Bosh dreams of Champs will end.  Spoelstra will be nowhere to be seen and Pat Riley wont be able to help them when the Finals come around and you have to play a real game. 

And more importantly, I defintely believe LBJ's legacy (or lack thereof) took a big hit today for bolting to a team already filled with superstars.  A 'Ship in Cleveland would have been such a boost to the city and to LBJ's brand label and worldwide marketability...Now, he's just another one of 3 superstars who couldnt get it done in the Finals. 

FYI...I've been a Laker fan since they drafted Eddie Jones from Memphis...and yes, refs were favoring even back then. 

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:17 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

How funny it would be....

....if this team never wins a damn thing.

it could very well happen- Kobe and Pau aren't going anywhere and the last time i looked KG and Paul Pierce are still in New England.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:15 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Hell na. it still going to be boston comming out of the east. I'm a Lakers fan. When gary and karl came over we still didn't win a ring and I'm so glad. I didn't want karl getting a ring.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:14 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Cosmo, LBJ will be better than Jordan one day.

Grow up loser.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:12 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

You know to me, this says "hey world, I am not good enough to win as a centerpiece.  I have to go be a sidekick."  It doesn't shock me the way he gave up in the series to the Celtics!

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:11 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

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. Are you serious? If he embraced the get-mine culture, would he not have stayed in Cleveland for the bigger contract and have HIS own team. How often do you see an athlete, much less three athletes, all sacrifice money and statistics to be apart of something great. Something that transcends individual achievements. The answer is NEVER!!!!! That's why nobody thought this was going to happen. Bosh and James weren't going to leave $30 million on the table. Wade and James each want to be the guy on their own teams. These are all of the stupid things everyone was saying to try to debunk this possibilty. I applaud Lebron. Going to Miami was probably the guttsiest move he could've made while staying in Cleveland and collecting the significantly bigger paycheck would've his easiest move, not vice-versa.

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