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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: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:00 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

 I didn't hear Laker fans complaining when the Lakers added Karl Malone and Gary Payton to an already stacked line-up. Stop being hypocrites, you're just hating on the new CHAMPS!!!!!

And you saw what that got the Lakers. Miami still has to win you dildonic fool, and they won't even make the finals, Boston is still better than they are hands down. Now go sniff some more glue.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:55 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

lets not forget that new york has breaking state taxes and florida has no state income tax... new york is a crappy place to live



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:54 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Don't worry about the Knicks- they can still sign and trade David Lee and get a solid return (after all, they still have room for a max contract).  Perhaps the scenario of Tony Parker coming to the Knicks  might happen.  And with Eddy Curry's contract expiring next year     (13 million), we should be able to go after Melo or Chris Paul next year as well.  The Knicks will be fine.



Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:52 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Neither Gary or Karl were prime time when they joined the Lakers. LeBron couldn't following Michael's example and build a powerhouse where he started, no he had to chase glory and take the easy road. Here's hoping LeBron, or should I say LeChump, becomes yesterday's news.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:51 pm
 

No such thing

Im not a Lebron fan, Im  a celtics fan....but there is no such thing as the easy way out. .....ken is mad no one else wants him to write for them. You got to play the games, and he wants to win a championship....why not take less to go to miami?



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:44 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Hey, Our Browns just signed 38 year old Bobby Engram. Go Browns!!!



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:43 pm
 

Retard...

      
;   Karl Malone and Gary Payton as old men are not even close to the same thing as Lebron and Bosh at their prime. That's ridiculous. Anyway...Laker hater....I better not hear anyone say crap about Kobe needing help to win a championship...since Lebron basically sold out and just added the final piece to the NBA's third all star team ( along with the Celtics and Lakers ).  Lebron will never have the distinction ever again of being able to say he carried a team to a championship.  Instead, he needs King Wade AND Prince Bosh to help him earn his greatness??? Just like Kevin Garnett needed Ray Allen AND Paul Pierce??  Lebron sucks. The vast majority of people now have a new villian in him to root against. Maybe now all the Kobe haters will hit a different bandwagon and start releasing their venom towards the Heat. But you can thank the LAkers and Celtics for this happening. Because LEbron clearily is looking up at those two teams and realizing even wasn't NOT the man enough to bring down the two giants with him and the rest of the Cleveland scrubs. Instead...he needs to go polish Dwayne Wade's practice balls for him, and do his dirty laundry on down time. And as for the rest of the NBA...the era of role players and a central talent is over. You want a championship...you're going to need to pay up and create a mini all star team. Whose next. Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard team up in Orlando bwhahahaha! Awesoooommmmeeee



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:42 pm
 

It's amazing....

...how many cry babies there are in NY/CHI/CLE.  The guy made a choice that was not based solely on money like most athletes do these days.  He wants to win championships.  What's wrong with that (other than he didn't sign with your team)?



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:41 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

OMG. You hit the nail on the coffin. I have lost respect for LeBron, Wade and Bosh. I would love to see them blow there chance and get swept by the Magic or even the Celtics. It would be even better if the Bulls beat them. I have more respect NOW for Kobe. he won it with out Shaq. The Lakers beat the BIG 3 and now will face another big 3. Bring it on! Its about team and having key components as well. The heat JUST have the BIG 3. Ummm, who is going to sub in now. Wait Mouring might come back from out of his office.  MJ YOU are and always will be DA BEST. You didn't run and won 6 championships. It just took time. Lebron ran and took the easy way to get a ring, by NOT earning it with his team. Go Cavs, Bulls, Magic, and Lakers.



Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:39 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Lebron is a POS. Tonight's showing was one of the most classless acts I've ever seen. I cant imagine anyone giving a crap about him other than Miami fans and douchebags. I would shed some tears if he dies though.....tears of joy!


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