Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:29 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 10:40 pm
 

I think this pretty much sums it up for Cleveland

Posted by Royce Young

You knew YouTube was going to have a say in this. And here's an early, yet pretty solid reaction video to LeBron's decision to go to the Miami Heat from a Cleveland fan.



There's already some footage of Cleveland fans burning LeBron's jersey in the streets. Michael Wilbon asked LeBron what he thought of this kind of reaction to the news. LeBron said, "I can't get involved in that. One thing I didn't want to do was make an emotional decision. I wanted to do what was best for LeBron James and LeBron James is going to do to what makes him happy. To put the shoe on the other foot, if the Cavs would have got rid of me at one point, would my family have burned down the organization? Of course not. I mean this is a business and I had seven great years in Cleveland and I hope the fans understand that, but maybe they won't."

Yep, evidently not.


Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:32 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 9:34 pm
 

LeBron Decides: Miami Heat

LeBron James throws powder in the air Posted by Royce Young

It's done. LeBron James has announced he intends to sign with the Miami Heat. You may now go back to your regularly scheduled lives.

It took about 30 minutes into the one-hour special for LeBron to make the announcement, saying, "This fall, this is very tough, but this fall I'm going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat."

When asked why, LeBron said, "Like I said before, I feel like this is going to give me the best opportunity to win and to win for multiple years. And not only just to win in the regular season or just to win five games in a row or three games in a row, I want to win championships and I feel like I can compete down there."

LeBron said he made his final decision this morning after talking with his mom.

In the days leading up to the announcement, many reports came out LeBron was leaning the Heat's way. And the annonymous sources prevailed.

LeBron will of course join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, forming a scary three-headed monster. But the fact is, there's not a lot left in cap space to fill in a team around the big three. Ken Berger wrote Wednesday that Miami was the worst choice for James. And wouldn't you know it, that's where he wound up.

Obviously more to come about all this, but in case you missed The Decision or somehow missed the headline and body of this post, LeBron James is going to Miami.




Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:57 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 9:10 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: James in the building

Posted by Matt Moore
LeBron arrived at the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club in a red and white plaid shirt, jeans and a belt.

Yes, I know you think this ridiculous. Welcome to the madness.

Additionally, Chris Broussard, who has been sticking with the Miami Heat story from late last night, is hedging his bets and saying "reports lean to" and "he is expected to sign with the Heat." It's a matter of Broussard hedging his bets. Or, he's throwing people off to make sure his parent network's ratings are as high as they possibly can be.

It's almost over folks.

Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:30 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:35 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: Cleveland gaining momentum

Posted by Matt Moore

ESPN's Chris Broussard is sticking to his story, that LeBron is headed to Miami. However, in the past three hours, a swarm of Cleveland reports have been surfacing, primarily from people around the league. The Miami rumors have been sourced primarily from "close to LeBron" but those around the league and throughout the media continue to believe he'll stay with Cleveland. The sheer money and amount of emotional damage are enough to bring James back, as the argument goes.

The emotional damage to Cleveland was characterized by Brian Windhorst live on ESPN as potentially "like an atomic bomb." Windhorst also said that if James were to leave, he and his family would be unable to live in Akron for many years.

So, you know, Cleveland's taking this whole thing well.

If Cleveland is really the spot? Time's running out for James to decide, finally.


Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:28 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:32 pm
 

Did the Heat cancel LeBron welcome ads?

LeBron James Graphic Posted by Royce Young

We're around 40 minutes away from actually knowing, but that's not stopping the entire universe from hunting for any clues that may hint one way or the other.

Miami Herald columnist and blogger Greg Cote tweeted this :

LeBron-to-Miami may not be happening. Heat has canceled a full-page welcome ad in The Miami Herald. This time I'm serious.
On top of that, Ethan Skolnick, writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel , tweeted a similar thing about his paper.

I don't know if that means anything or if it's actually true (though I'm sure an employee of those papers wouldn't make that up), but that seems like something.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:52 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:55 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: Not all the money going to charity

Posted by Matt Moore

  When it was announced that LeBron James would host the event on ESPN to announce "The Decision," it was pushed immediately that the money from the sponsors for the event would be donated to charity. Of course, never was it said exactly how much of the proceeds would be donated. Only that proceeds would be. Which leaves open the question. How much is being donated to the Boys and Girls Club?
 
Brian Windhorst, in typical fashion, has some interesting information to pass along .

This article from the LA Times is interesting in and of itself for the information about how the special came about and how LeBron's agency CAA was pushed out of it, but at the bottom is the fact that a reported $3 million was raised by sponsors, with Nike matching that amount for a total of $6 million. Meanwhile, this CNBC component reports that the Boys and Girls club will get $2.5 million from the event.

So where's that extra $3.5 going?

This "Decision" was a little easier to make than we thought. Not where to go of course. Who cares about that when you can make easy money like this?


Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:25 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:50 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: Media goes LeBron

Posted by LeBro...Matt Moore
 You may think that you've seen the heights of media coverage for this thing, but you'd be wrong. SBNation.com today showed you what real LeBron James coverage is.

Yup, that pretty much does it .

It's hard to go anywhere without being bombarded today with coverage about LeBron. That would be why we consider this the LeBrocalypse .

Have we all gone too far? Have we abandoned all reason and good judgment in the pursuit of pursuing this story bent out of control? Probably. But if we've gone mad, it's James that's driven us there. In some sort of gold-plated car. With a spoiler. With coporate logos all over it.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:48 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:50 pm
 

LeBrocalype: Everyone getting predictions in

Posted by Matt Moore
 Gary Parrish, Jamey Eisenberg, Pete Pistone, Mike Freeman and KB give the low-down on what they think  will happen .

A late roundup of predictions as we head into the Big Decision:

Ian Thomsen of SI can't understand why James would leave home and all that money .

Apparently the agents and GMs Brian Windhorst is talking to feel the same .

Royce Young says that his gut impulse is Cleveland, with Miami a red herring.


As for me?

James has already proven that his decision will likely not be based on where he has the best chance to win a championship, otherwise he would have dragged Chris Bosh to Chicago five days ago. It will not be based on where the best chance to market his future is, otherwise the Nets would at least be in contention. Right now the decision comes down to his home and family versus his friends. New York is hanging in the background, but they simply don't have enough to pull him through. So now we have the situation where James is weighing Cleveland and the people he's been around his whole life versus two of his good friends and a chance to do something phenomenal with the amount of star power they'll have. It's a difficult one. Maybe not so difficult as to require this much time and a major network special to decide, but a huge decision nonetheless.

At the end of it, I believe he'll return to Cleveland. Going to Dwyane Wade's turf? Not his style. Staying home and ruling the roost? That's what he does. That's how he rolls. He'll never have the power base in Miami with Pat Riley and Wade that he'll have in Cleveland. Never have the God-like state of adoration from the fans, who already have their favorite. He'll never be what he in Cleveland to Miami. If New York had managed to stay in the race a bit more, had had a few more things go their way, he would have landed in New York. But faced with this decision, he's going to do what feels right. With so many competing ideas, people most often turn to what they know to be true.

And LeBron knows he loves Ohio, and Ohio loves him.

The King returns to his throne.


 
 
 
 
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