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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: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:37 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

What a short memory you have dipsh!t.  They lost.  Don't be surprised at all if the same thing happens in Miami.  It's pretty stupid to crown them champs, just yet.  You got too many roosters in the hen house.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:36 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Champs of what exactly? Last I saw , the Obrien Trophy is in Los Angelas , and is likely to stay there for at least another year, Le Choke can come get his rings once the big dogs in L.A get done feeding.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:32 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Hey now ! Don't insult james Worthy like that.He was an actual champion, not an overhyped poser.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:31 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

As much as I hate to say this Warner, I now will be rooting for the Lake show to kick Miami's butt from now till the day I die.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:29 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

not enough balls to go around now in Miami??  That may be true, since LeBron just proved he doesn't have any.

The Shot

The Drive

The Fumble


Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:29 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

FYI- Malone and Payton were 100 yrs old..  I'm a Knicks fan!  I HATE LBJ - FOREVER! 

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:27 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Kinda hypocritical, isn't everyone?  Shouldn't players put winning titles above all else?  Isn't that what we expect out of professional athletes, and complain when they are seemingly just collecting checks?
Really, if he wasn't going to stay with Cleveland, Miami was the only option.  I respect him for going to the place he has the best chance to get rings.  Had he left for any other place he would be answering questions about loyalty and leaving Cleveland, but this team is clearly now a title favorite regardless of who surrounds the 3 guys.  If he was going to leave, at least it was motivated by winning and not 'growing the LeBron brand in a bigger market'.

Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:27 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

;    HEY !!   What's this really about again ??  Didn't Wade say something about his "heart belonging to Chicago"? He would do whatever was "best for his kids"? And Bosh, what drove Bosh ? It wasn't the money. It was the chance to be competitive for a championship "right away".  Another statement that SCREAMS "You shouldn't be in Miami then... Chicago would make more sense." The three amigos just want to win rings together.... hhmmm.....  I seriously wonder how they will react when ( sorry sorry.. IF )  they don't win the title next season and they figure out they're making LESS money than other guys and the word "FAILURE" is brought up a kajillion times by the same media that just got put through hoops for the sake of ??? ( EGO ) during the "summer of LeBron". 

Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:27 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Really, What is the big deal?? As we all know, David Stern and his cronies decide the outcome of the league and its players. He sat in his office tonight and loved every minute of, watching the dollar signs float around. you know that he had a woodie!!  It is now the NBA's idea to have these "super-Teams" like the Celtics, so that more of its superstars can win in the playoffs, and the ratings and revenues can soar.Gone are the days when a basketball TEAM can win a championship like the 04 Pistons, because they had no superstar and the and the ratings were awful. The Pistons didn't follow Sterns scripted ending and won the championship to the Lakers. He will see that they will never win again, as long as he is commissioner. It is all about the revenue guys, and it isn't in Cleveland. Might I suggest that you turn your attention to the Browns and Blue Jackets??

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:25 pm

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

teenage girls ?

not that young, facts please.

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