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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: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:09 pm

Lakers fan happy

As a Laker fan, this is fine with me. Didn't really care where he went. Bulls had the most talent. Bring on the Heat. It would be an amazing final to watch and even better if the Lakers won.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:09 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

I bet $100 right now that the Heat don't get past the Celtics in 2010-2011, but IF these three even make it to a championship with the Lakers next year, they won't stand a chance. The Lakers have awesome starters and will have a very deep bench. The Heat have three guys. Beasley will be gone when all is said and done.
 This new NBA army of darkness will fall short when the Heat have to finish building their roster with Bob the paper boy, and Eddie from Pizza Hut because the Heat spent all their cash on Wade-Bosh and LeBarf.
 You mention the Laker team with Shaq, Kobe, Malone and Gary Payton? Guess what. No ring and a disaster. Miami Heat 2010-2011 will be the same result. It isn't going anywhere.
 btw... I used to like and respect LeBron... all the way to the last few days. Before July 4th, I would have respected ANY choice he would have made. He could have wrapped this up last weekend. But to make scores of other free agents wait in the wings while LeBarf arranged a pompous, self promoting one hour ESPN special to stab Cleveland fans in the heart? And to do this deep into the night that signings could happen so other guys agents have to work feverishly because they can finally call NY, NJ, ChiTown and try to get these other guys signed? Unforgivable. I now HATE LeBarf more than I did Latrell Fontaine Sprewell after his 1997 choking of PJ Carlesimo. Congratulations LeBron. You are now the biggest jerk in the world.

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:07 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Yeah, let's bring back George W. Bush and the Good Old Days.

You effing moron.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:06 pm

How do you spell Lebron?

I spell my Lebron... C..O..W..A..R..D

I'm a Bulls Fan, but what a coward.  He should have stayed in Cleveland.  I guess partying with his boys in South Beach is more important than home.  Hey Lebron... Break a leg.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:06 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)


I'm not saying he WILL win with this team. I'm saying he thinks his best chance to win is with this team. And yo ucan't argue that considering how much more money and spotlight he could have gotten elsewhere. It's obvious, he chose a team based on his opinion of where he thinks he'll be in the best place to win a championship. You simply can not argue that.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:05 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Say what you want...but now Lebron James is a sidekick to Dwayne Wade.  This is Wade's team and always will be while D Wade is there.  So Lebron has conceded that he will never win with him being the MAN!  He is a sidekick.  
He might win championship after championship, but he will always he the Robin to Wade's Batman.  Yes Bosh, you are Batgirl!

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:04 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Not a Laker fan by any means, but this post is ridiculous.  Malone and Payton were near the end of their careers and wanted to win a championship.  They were in their late 30's.  LeBron is 25.   To call Laker fans hypocrites is extremely obtuse.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:03 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

I'm not a Lebron James fan. I'm a Pistons fan, so I'm actually a Lebron James hater. That being said, All the articles writing about how the Heat is the wrong choice for James, are way off.

Let's look at this from an egotistical point of view(which we all know how much of an ego-maniac everyone is making James out to be): Okay, so his ego SHOULD have led him to the Nets, Knicks, or Bulls. Because he'd be the superstar, and the main man, and he'd receive all the attention and benefits and media attention and hype. I'm not saying he's not egotistical.

What I AM saying is the hypocrisy of so many writers/bloggers needs to stop. Claiming James' ego is becoming unbarable, and that he's all about himself, and blah blah blah.

You can't say James needs to be more selfless, then claim the second most selfless choice behind the Cavs is the worst possible choice, and the wrong choice.

I didn't read this article, but I've read others, this is not an attack on this writer in particular, I don't know his opinion. All I know is, James chose a fraction of his possible pay, and two other superstars to share the spotlight with, for the sake of winning a championship. Yet that was the worst choice he could have made?

Would these writers respect the man more if he were to sacrifice winning for money and spotlight?

Because that's what it's sounded like to me the past few days.

He wants to win over get paid and hog the spotlight. As anti-Bron as I am, I respect this decision, and think he made the right move. The move resulting in Jamesproving that he wants to win, and he's not another money-hungry athlete.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:03 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

What a horrible choice! His Air-ness will stand tall and Kobe might be there with him someday. I would of been ok if he stayed in Cleveland or went to the Knicks. Any of those would of been great chocies for him as a player and possibly a legend. I do however wish he did come to the Bulls. As people have been saying, it takes 5 men to go into battle. The Knicks would of found others that would complement him well, the Bulls already had players in place and I'm sure Cleveland would of eventually made something happen. The top teams in my book and forever be there are The Bulls and the Lakers. They showed the world that it takes time and the right pieces to put together to win championships. Granted, we had MJ, but we drafted Pippen,Grant and only added the freak(Rodman) in our hay days. But up to that point we built a championship by drafting. The Lakers did this in somewhat a fashion as well. Way to go LeBron. I can't wait until one of these teams knock you guys out of the playoffs; Magic,Celtics or the Bulls. It will rain hard in South Beach. LeWeasle runs away from effort and pride.

Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:01 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Yeah it hurts but Cleveland will rebound . it always does . besides Cleveland is a Football Town first anyway! .

Go Gargle with Broken glass LeBron .

all those egos will clash .

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