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LeBron says he'd do The Decision differently now

Posted on: October 31, 2010 4:21 pm
Posted by Royce Young

LeBron has been thinking about his decision and The Decision some for sure. I think his new Nike commercial that caused so much chatter was a pretty good indication of that. He's aware of the criticism he's taken and he knows a lot of that has come as a result of his one-hour special to announce where he was playing basketball.

And now, he says he probably would've gone about the highly controversial choice a little differently. He has no regrets about his decision to take his talents to Miami, but maybe he does about The Decision. As told to's Michael Wallace:
"If I had to go back on it, I probably would do it a little bit different," James said. "But I'm happy with the decision I made. There's always going to be a misunderstanding. I don't know what I would [have done], but I definitely would have changed it."
LeBron didn't elaborate on what specifically he'd have done differently. Maybe it was the setup. Maybe it was the words he used (take my talents to...). Maybe it was how he kept EVERYONE in the dark, including his former team. Who knows, because LeBron wasn't saying. He was just admitting maybe it wasn't the best thing ever, like he probably thought it was at the time.

Wallace says in his story that LeBron went on to joke about it not being too soon for teams to start recruiting him for the 2015-16 season after this current deal expires. I'm sure a lot of people won't fine that very funny.

When this current contract is up, LeBron will still be in his prime. He's 25 now and when this six-year deal is up will be just 31. And he has some contract clauses that could allow him to enter the market a year or two earlier. So certainly he'll have another chance at making a big free agent splash.
"I'll be 30, I'll be alright still, too," James said before the Heat played the Nets at the Prudential Center. "I'm here. I'm a Heat, man. So we'll see what happens."
It's kind of hard to believe LeBron is already thinking about his next move. Yes, he's with Miami now, but is the reason he's already thinking about how he'd have done The Decision differently is so that The Decision: Part Two will be better? Who knows. But if you're asking us what you should do LeBron, in five years I'd recommend going a different route.

Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:51 pm

LeBron says he'd do The Decision differently now

Well put! Finally, someone that calls it how it should really be called! all these LB haters sound like a bunch of jilted teens themselves. So what, he screwed up... it's not as if he committed murder! He has every right to go to any team he wants, people need to stop whining about that... It's just like most people won't put Kobe in the same breath as Jordan because every time he's won, he's had a wicked starting 5 and even a wicked top 6! He was supposed to win with the team he had, just like LB is supposed to win with the team he now has... we'll have to wait and see if that happens though...

I can see the Lakers bringing in a big time player to try to compete with the Heat... Don't know if it'll work though...

Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:43 pm

LeBron says he'd do The Decision differently now

So you consider yourself to be everyone??? there are just as many people that still respect him as those that don't. And people are forgiving... he'll win back a lot of those fans he lost because of the decision. And those that don't, whatever... they're nobody any damn way

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:08 pm

LeBron says he'd do The Decision differently now

Big Deal.  He learned from his mistake.  So what, any good player can do that.  Too bad he wasn't smart enough to show some class when he really needed too.  He may not have not owed anything to the Cleveland management, but the fans didn't deserve his slap in the face.  If he wants to become the new Scottie Pippen of the NBA, and be D'Wade's right hand man, I wish him luck.  I think his new Nike Commercial lacks taste, and he should put the past behind him, instead of trying to continue to 'promote' his Decision.  I've already told my kids, don't expect anything 'Nike' for Christmas.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:54 pm

LeBron says he'd do The Decision differently now

Lol went from being one of the most respected athletes in the world to a punk nobody respects.

Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:13 pm

LeBron says he'd do The Decision differently now

Well put.  Agree 100%

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:43 pm

LeBron says he'd do The Decision differently now

Yes, The Decision was stupid. The most egotisical utterance ever made was "I'm gonna take my talents to South Beach." He is a big kid surrounded by an entourage full of hangers-on. No one would take LeBron to task, they are on a free ride. Plus, I'm not sure they'd know the problem with how LB handled himself.

That said, no bigger tool in the shed than Dan Gilbert. When he bought the team, he knew or should have known LB could leave. He didn't owe the fans of Cleveland to stay....he put that team on the map, when no one-----and I mean NO ONE----cared about the Cavs. The things Gilbert said were sophmoric. He acted like a jilted teenager.

I think the guy was hurt in the playoffs last year and was in a no win spot. I really don't think the guy is a quitter, and believe he tried to play through it. 

LeBron should have announced his decision to Cleveland. That I do think he owed. I can care less that he wants to play with Wade and Bosh. The Heat nor the players involved did nothing against the rules. 

In sports, sometimes we glorify those prior to them winning and villify them when they don't. We put LB on the level when Kobe before he earned it, not some want to say he's a bum. Let this play out before deciding. 

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:40 pm

LeBron says he'd do The Decision differently now

Of course he admits it now.  He must.  The game's greats have all hammered him about how he did it.  He cares way too much about what people think of him.  His brand.  He needs to be loved.

That is why he threatened ESPN that if it ran the story about Delonte sleeping with his mom he would never do an interview or support them again.

I believe he tanked that series too.  Just like Gilbert.  He wanted out of Cleveland.  Had he won, it would have been harder to leave.

Some may think it would have been easier to leave after winning.  But I don't buy it.  He knows he will get a ring or two.  We all know it.  But it was easier to leave and blame his teammates and owners than to stay and be loyal. 

The paycut is not the issue.  He should not be praised for it.  It is about the endorsements and branding -- the hype that he couldn't get in Cleveland.  He will leave Miami in 2015 to play for New Jersey.  Watch.  Just hope his mom doesn't get a press pass to go in the locker room.

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:54 pm

LeBron says he'd do The Decision differently now

Really?!?  Ya think?!?

"Yeah, um, I'd like to go back in time and do The Decision again, and this time I'd like to do it in the way that *doesn't* cost me an estimated billion dollars in marketability."

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:44 pm

Too late, Loser!

The reason many people are so pizzed at LeLoser James is the way that he handled the entire process.  Comments made by both BUSH and Wade let the cat out of the bag, that the three of them had conspired months prior to do this.  James knew what he was going to do well before he sat in that chair and told the world that he had decided the night before.  Liar!  James delayed his announcement until all other marquis players had been signed, just to amplify the impact of the decision and prolong the media circus leading up to the decision.  Essentially, this strategy doomed the Cavs to failure.  Not only were they losing James, but they lost any shot at improving thru free agency or trade.  If LeLoser had given them a heads up that he was leaving, the Cavs could have at least attempted to sign one of the other marquis free agents.  LeLoser, you have made your bed, now lay in it.  You are the most hated man in sports today!  We will NEVER forgive you. 

Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:46 am

LeBron says he'd do The Decision differently now

Yeah the decision would have looked  different if Ringaling Brothers and B. Circus would have been in town for hire...!

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