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LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

Posted on: October 26, 2010 7:14 pm
 

BOSTON -- The last time LeBron James was in TD Garden, he was walking down the hallway to a summer of uncertainty and, ultimately, tumult. The Cavaliers had just lost to the Celtics in the playoffs, and LeBron's future -- and the transformative summer of 2010 in the NBA -- were deep in flux.

"It definitely felt disappointing," James said Tuesday night, about 90 minutes before tipping off the 2010-11 season in the same building, but with a new team. "At that time, I didn’t think that it would be the last moment I wear a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. It was disappointing, and I never thought in the back of my mind that I would be somewhere else. But right now, as I reflect back on it, I'm excited about this new start. I'm excited about this season. I'm excited about this team and this franchise, and I'm glad to get it going in the city where we struggled in previous years."

It was a thoughtful revelation from James on the night when he was set to begin the next, and most important phase of his career. Surrounded by a horde of media in an auxiliary interview room before the game, James spoke about developing chemistry with Dwyane Wade, his many critics, and his new Nike commercial that debuted online Monday before it hit the TV air waves Tuesday night.

In the ad, James took on his critics as part of a new ad campaign titled, "Rise," a takeoff on the famous Maya Angelou poem , "Still I Rise," which James reads from in the commercial. James took aim at one of his fiercest critics, Charles Barkley, mimicking Barkley's famous and controversial line, "I am not a role model," before popping a donut into his mouth.

James also pokes fun at himself with a segment depicting him finishing his Hall of Fame speech in an empty room.

"It was mostly my execution and me just hearing a lot of people saying some of the things that I've done, have I ruined what I've done over the years," James said. "That instance was a point where no one shows up to the Hall of Fame speech. Not saying I'm a Hall of Famer right now, but I'm headed in the right direction."

After a summer of public gaffes, highlighted by the widely panned "Decision," the commercial shows James in a different -- and better -- light. But he wanted to make one thing clear Tuesday night, when I asked him which lighthearted or serious moment in the ad was his favorite.

"None of them were jokes," James said. "I wasn’t in a joking mood. None of them were jokes. I don’t know if I had a favorite. I think when you look back on it, it’s basically saying, 'Should I be who you want me to be? Or do should I just be me?' That’s how I got to this point. I respect everyone who’s had an opinion, but at the same time, you've got to do the best for yourself. And I think everyone has to do that."
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Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 11:48 am
 

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

Never thought he would leave.  Uh huh.  Also, it wasn't until the morning of the Decision that he made up his mind.

How can LeBron think that people believe this?  Oh, that's right, he's got friends he pays to tell him that everything he does is right.  He lives in a cocoon.



Since: Aug 8, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2010 7:36 pm
 

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

Lebron thought he would never leave the Cav's, the peace of sh!t.  He going to get fu@ked so bad.   Now he is the man without a team...lol...The dipsh!t...



Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 3:43 pm
 

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

Funny coming from a Philly fan.  Calling other fans disgusting.  Whatever.  You call those last 3 games (in the Boston series) heart and soul?  You must not have been watching the same games as everyone else.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:47 pm
 

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

"Wow its fans like you that disgust me. He gave his whole heart n soul to your city and he never got any help in return."



Are you kidding me??  The city practically raised him up as a god!  He probably literally gotten away with murder if he wanted to.  And yes he did have almost no supporting cast around him in the NBA Finals when he went against the Spurs.  And everyone in Cleveland was pointing to that to show how good he was and to use that as an ad to bring in the talent to support him.

As for Danny Ferry, you have got to be kidding.  The only reason anyone could possibly call him an idiot is if they say he was an idiot for doing everything LeBron asked him to do.  All of the players that were brought in were either approved or specifically chosen by LeBron himself.  Ferry should have stuck to his guns and brought in the people he wanted instead of listening to LeBron.  It likely would have been a better team with more talent and chemistry that would have won inspite of if LeBron quit in the playoffs.

LeBron could have easily won championships in Cleveland if he was willing to take the same pay cuts as he did for Miami to bring in the other high priced talent for around him.  Hell, people are still saying that the team actually has a chance of making the playoffs this year even without LeBron on the team.  I doubt that but I've actually heard it said.  If the current team actually has potential then imagine what would have happened with LeBron and even a single other young star player.





Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:15 am
 

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

One thing should be made clear about Jordan: there is a huge gap between Michael Jordan the professional superstar basketball player, and Michael Jordan the jerk in real life. We are talking about Tiger Woods' mentor here. Michael is probably one of the people you'd least like to get to know - his Hall of Fame induction speech is a great example - so likening LeBron to him isn't a fair comparison. At least LeBron's a halfway likeable guy in real life (or so I've heard).

And to compare him to T.O.? Seriously? I don't see him being told not to come to practice because he's a distraction. He might have a huge ego, but don't insult him by elevating Michael Jordan above him. Character counts in this world.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:06 am
 

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

Never thought he would leave?  Is Jame turning into a sociopathic liar?  Starting to worry if James is mentally stable.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:05 am
 

Be like LeBron?

Back when Michael Jordan was playing, there was an ad campaign where the slogan was "Be like Mike."  The message was, wouldn't you love to be just like Michael Jordan?  After all, Michael Jordan was a champion, an MVP, and highly respected both on and off the basketball court.  Who wouldn't want to be like Mike?

But now, we have this "Decision" commercial, and it asks the question why would anyone want to be like LeBron?  This new commercial makes LeBron look like even more of a spoiled, immature whiner than before.  And that part in the commercial about LeBron being the villain?  Before seeing the commercial, there were probably a whole lot of people who did not think of LeBron as some sort of villain.  Well, they do now. 

Once again, LeBron makes it very clear that it's all about him.  His big decision was not about making the Miami Heat a better team, it was all about LeBron trying to win a championship for himself, so he can live up to the tremendous amount of hype that has been piled upon him.  During last night's game, a comment was made that the Miami Heat was the team everybody loves to hate.  Is this the image that is supposed to get commercial endorsements?  "Hi, I'm LeBron James, and if you drink this bottle of whatever, or wear these shoes, everyone will hate you like they hate me."  Is that the way to sell products?  It makes you wonder if LeBron James is going to become the Terrell Owens of the NBA.



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 9:45 am
 

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

You sound stupid because if you take D.Wade off Miami that team would not be better than the team LBJ had in Cleveland!!! To tell you the truth if LBJ would have stayed and bosh would have came to Cleveland they would be better than his Miami team because there supporting cast Sucks!!! Maybe if lBJ would have commited to cleveland ferry could have got him better players because no one wanted to come to cleveland if LBJ was not going to commit, did LBJ do any recruiting in Cleveland hmmm? Did LBJ do any recruiting in Miami hmmm Derick Fisher?



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 5:07 am
 

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

In the ad, James took on his critics as part of a new ad campaign titled, "Rise," a takeoff on the famous , "Still I Rise," which James reads from in the commercial. James took aim at one of his fiercest critics, Charles Barkley, mimicking Barkley's famous and controversial line, "I am not a role model," before popping a donut into his mouth. James also pokes fun at himself with a segment depicting him finishing his Hall of Fame speech in an empty room.

Translation: In the ad, Nike advertising writers tried to make James out to be less of a d0uchebag for humiliating Cleveland on a nationally televised spectacle and setting back it's basketball franchise 10 years. But hey, LeBron supposedly donated the profits from "The Decision" program to help sick kids, or something. Not that he couldn't have just made a donation without t
he fanfare of screwing over his original team on TV but that also makes him less of a d0uchebag, right?

Just Do It.



Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:01 am
 

LeBron: Never thought I'd leave Cavs

One word--- Karma.  I guess all that talent in Wade's Heat didn't pay-off right from the start as expected.  King James, I mean sidekick James, you'll never be a Kobe Bryant and definitely never ever be a Michael Jordan.  I think Jordan said it best, "When you're the MVP, people come to you and not the other way around."  In Cleveland you could have been truly the king, but now you're nothing but Wade's SIDEKICK.  Hope you enjoy living in the shadows...  


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