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Bosh says Heat should own up to 'The Decision'

Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:35 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 5:37 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

This time last year, the smoke was finally starting to clear from LeBron James' one-hour special announcing his free agency destination. Finally, the dust was settling and we were all continuing with our regularly scheduled programming of being bored (and hot) in August.

There's been a lot of time to reflect on "The Decision" with LeBron even saying things probably could've been handled differently. And while LeBron's taken most of the beating from that night, it really had a large impact on his new team. Immediately, with a strong contribution from the way LeBron announced his intentions, the Heat were America's most hated team. Not just LeBron. But joining him was Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh at the front of the table.

Bosh joined ESPN Radio to talk about the usual list of stuff you talk about while the NBA's locked out in August -- playing overseas, last season, next season, etc -- but he was also asked about "The Decision." Specifically, do you think it should've been handled differently or should everyone just own up to it?

“I say you own up to it. We all make mistakes. I think anybody would be kidding themselves if they thought they were perfect at anything. I mean why change it? We’ve already went through with everything. Whether good or bad, whether it was a good decision or bad decision, or we should have done this, could of done that, if we would of done this. We are here now. Everything has happened, so let’s just own up to it. Yeah we did it. Yes. If it was a mistake? If I see it as a mistake and here’s the reasons why, but here’s the reasons why it is going to help us in the long run.”

I think there's a bit of confusion here as to if we're talking about just the one-hour program, or the whole process of it, which would include the crazy South Beach celebration party before the team even practiced. (I think that's what Bosh means here, along with the three players coming together.)

But he's certainly keen on taking responsibilty for whatever he feels like taking responsibility for. He's right: You can't wish you would've signed with the Mavericks or Bulls now. You're with the Heat. Unless they decide to trade you, you're there and it's your job to figure out how to win. That was the commitment those guys made when they put their names on the paper with Pat Riley and they're going to try and follow through.

"The Decision" was a huge mistake. The events that took place immediately after were too. You can't change it now, you can just move forward. And the best way to make everyone forget, or at least maybe forgive, is to win. That's how it works.
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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:16 am
 

Bosh says Heat should own up to 'The Decision'

Good points guys but I think it will take more than a championship for people to forget the decision. If Lebron wins PLUS he changes his behaviour people will forget. I mean kissing the floor after winning the Boston series- give me a break! Mocking Dirk- yes I know Wade started it.The list goes on and on of stupid things Lebron does that offends people. Even this whole- go into a gym to coach, end up playing while jamming the ball down the throats of some amateur kids, then making a few bad plays- most superstars would play but with tongue in cheek and a twinkle in their eye and the game would still be about the kids. Lebron doesn't get it.

Kobe really laid low after the "rape" incident. Kobe has learned to speak softly and NOT do things that offend. That PLUS winning championships led to fans having short memories.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:10 am
 

Bosh says Heat should own up to 'The Decision'

Next year LeBron is likely to win his first championship. He came close this year. After he wins the public will forget all about the 'Decision' just like they have forgotten all about the Kobe rape in Colorado

Great point, well done sir.  It only took Kobe Bryant ONE YEAR after he settled out of court with that girl to get back to number 1 in merchandise sales again.  Nobody even talks about it anymore.  He denied raping the girl, then he pays her off and it's all good in LA and every other city where people love Kobe.   You are so right.  If Lebron wins it all next year everybody will forget about the decision quickly


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Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:43 pm
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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Bosh says it is time to move on

The media has built this up to be a huge negative. On the surface they have convinced the majority of NBA fans that they are correct. Under this judgment LeBron should have suffered huge financial losses in his endorsement portfolio. What's that you say? He didn't suffer losses in his endorsements? What? He was the top dollar endorsee in the league last year? So let me get this straight - LeBron earned more from endorsements than Dwight Howard? Yes, well then LeBron earned more from endorsements than Dirk? More than Kevin Durant? He did? Well of course there is Kobe! NO! LeBron earned more than Kobe last year? So much more that with a much smaller salary he still earned more combined.

So why was the 'Decision" such a mistake? Apparently because he did not tell the media beforehand what he was deciding. But here is LeBron's real reason behind the 'Decision' - it was broadcast around the world. The world did not see it as a mistake. They don't read US sportswriters. They only know that in the history of television never was one man given a whole hour of prime time to reveal his choice of teams. To the Chinese and around the world there is one player that is more important than all others. That would be LeBron. The 'Decision' was worth hundreds of millions of dollars of free publicity. In addition the broadcast earned millions for the Boys and Girls Clubs in the USA.

Next year LeBron is likely to win his first championship. He came close this year. After he wins the public will forget all about the 'Decision' just like they have forgotten all about the Kobe rape in Colorado. Funny thing what winning will do. In the meantime the businesses who buy endorsements know what they have and are more than willing to pay for it. LeBron may be the popular punching bag but banking nearly $40M per year makes it sound more like sour grapes and envy. Bosh knows this. His own endorsement money has, no doubt, increased as well. But saying the popular thing (politician anyone) gets him more mileage now. Bosh has moved on. It is time for the knuckleheads who write about this stuff to move on as well.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Bosh says Heat should own up to 'The Decision'

I think Bosh is basically a good guy who got caught up in all this crap. I hope he truely has learned from this and the we will never see such nonsense from him again. He knows better, unlike Lebron who I don't think will ever get it. 

Although I'm not a Raptors fan I live in Canada and watched a lot of Raptors games while Bosh played there.  And once again living in Canada means the Raptors were talked about a lot more then they are in the states.  Trust me, Chris Bosh is more then just a good guy. He's a great guy, and a great player as well.  The problem with his situation in Miami is his play was overshadowed by Lebron and Wade and all the hype is too much for a guy like Bosh.  I have a feeling whether they win a championship or not he's going to regret leaving the Raptors and the city of Toronto.  It's a great city to live in, a ton of things to do, the fans are awesome and although he was treated like a king he also had his privacy.  In Miami it's completely the opposite...... not good.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Bosh says Heat should own up to 'The Decision'

If Wade & Bosh were smart they would have let James go through with "The Decision" and he would of took all the heat himself for acting in that fashion, all Bosh was doing was signing as a free agent to another team, that's normal..Wade would of been resigning to his own team , The Heat..also normal.Throwing a parade and saying your going to win 7 championships is a little much.They didn't learn a damn thing, it was James and his The World VS The Heat attitude that makes them even more arrogant.Who was that mocking Nowitzki in the finals? Glad they got beat.



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Bosh says Heat should own up to 'The Decision'

A little humble pie is a good thing. Magic Johnson bounced back from losing to the Celts in the finals to win championships. Let's see if the same happens to the three Amigos in South Beach. 





Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Bosh says Heat should own up to 'The Decision'

I always held Bosh in high esteem until "The Decision", "The Celebration" "The Arrogance" "The Nonsense"

I think Bosh is basically a good guy who got caught up in all this crap. I hope he truely has learned from this and the we will never see such nonsense from him again. He knows better, unlike Lebron who I don't think will ever get it.


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