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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.



Comments

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2010 3:38 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Update:

Lebron just collected his weekly foodstamps from his Ohio address and decided to use them to tip Miami strippers.  That just goes to show you what kind of philantropy is being brought to the malnourished state of Florida...you all should be ashamed at your spiteful statements...

Lebron is the only NBA player to admit that he actually collects food stamps because his Momma deserves only the best in life.  His million dollar per week salary doesn't allow for her needs to be factored in, however, with food stamps she can now be part of his life.  Thank goodness for Aldi and the US government backing Lebron and his 32 family members...



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:09 pm
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Oh boy, here come the bandwagon Heat "fans".



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:25 am
 

Lescrub James anyone?

First thing is Flboomer Lebron is a scam artist. He did this so everyone would feel sorry for lil ole lebron as he left his team. Second I feel bad for the kids at that club because they just watched the most self absorbed man simply say I'm not good enough. I have to be someone elses bitch to win a ring. Hence I love my Bulls and Michael. And when they don't win a ring in Miami everyone will think of michael Jackson and be like this is it every year they bow out to Kobe. Too bad Lebron showed why college players are the best and the best part of it all how many times did you ever see Vince Carter or Tmac complain when they got knocked out the first round and leave their team...............................

.... Lebron will never win a ring no matter who he is with because their is only one rock and it has to be shared by all 3 watch for a massive PPG deduction for all three as their wont be enough touches....................... GET GOOD MIAMI SCRUBS!!!!! Go who ever you play. But hey just think at least they cant get Melo.



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:20 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

the only thing that can be said is, 4 players(Wade, James, Bosh, and Chalmers) under contract for the upcoming year.  And $10-12 million available MAX to fill 8 roster spots (league minimum).  As a Laker fan, i am COMPLETELY happy with that!!  i hope the Heat make it to the Finals, becuase i do not want to see the Celtics in the Finals again.  That Game 7 was too close for comfort.




Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:15 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Let's see.....he is taking less money to go to a team that he won't be the clear cut leader of and that makes him GREEDY?  You people ragging on him are just bitter and jealous.  Cleveland fans are dedicated, but it's not like they are the only ones that would support a homegrown guy that is one of the best at what he does.  When you compare the lifestyle for a young guy with money....Miami wins HANDS DOWN.  And no, I am not a Heat fan....my team is the Magic...but I don't begrudge James doing the thing that gives him the best chance to win a Championship.  With Bosh and Wade in Miami and Stoudamire in NY, there really isn't much left out there but  a bunch of stiffs.  Cleveland will have a chance over the next couple years to draft the next "savior" since they will be picking at the top again.  Good luck with that Championship "guarantee" Dan.  LMAO! 



Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:12 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

So excited for this! We're gonna dominate Boston.  Pretty cool article I found that gives a good take on this frenzy!

http://www.sincitynews.info/2010/07

/king-has-spokenwelcome-to-wade-cou

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:12 am
 

Go Cavs!

Maybe we can get some players that don't talk in 3rd person anymore!  Ps.  Decision WAS made by mamma Glo... She heard that Miami has the best yay in the nation.  Watch out Miami... if Mamma James gets on one of those binges again, keep Chalmers and whoever else is on your roster away.  The coke won't be the only thing she's blowing.  And remeber this.  LeBron James is a quitter.  He just sent the message to kids everywhere (whose virtues are already corrupted) that when the going gets tough... just quit.  And when you can't beat em, go to Miami and lick Wade's sac.  Enjoy NBA!  What a joke. 



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:08 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Hey, look, it's not like we lost Kobe.  The Fader of Game Five was never gonna lead us anywhere anyway.  Good luck Miami. ya might wanna buy some extra basketballs.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:02 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

Actually, I am a Bulls fan. I didn't want LeBron. I said that way before he announced his decision. I think he is a total ass and ego maniac. It would be impossible for me to root for a team with him on it. I don't think he "owes" Cleveland anything and certainly didn't have to stay there, but the program I saw tonight revealed the type of person he truly is....self absorbed....fake....opportunistic. Did you hear how he talked about the Boys and Girls clubs? It was all a show...see....look at me...i do nice things for the community. How many times did he refer to himself in the third person? And how many times did he talk about the things HE has done for Cleveland? And he didn't even really thank Cleveland for the things they have done for him. He is the worst kind of person...pretending to be sincere when really he is so full of shit. Low character dude in my opinion. Thank god for Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, and even Ron Artest (someone who is passionate and real).

King? Really? I think he knows he's not all that and needs other superstars to accomplish what he wants to accomplish (which I am not convinced that it is to win championships).

I will root for two teams from now on....the Chicago Bulls and whomever plays the Heat. Not because I am bitter about him not coming to Chicago....because I think he says one thing and does another. This free agent "class" (i use that term loosely) has single handily made the NBA less dynamic, less competitive, and quite frankly.....BORING. Who cares if Miami wins a championship. Shouldn't they? And whomever drew the comparison to the New York Yankees was dead on. Couldn't agree with you more.



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:58 am
 

LeBron chooses Heat (UPDATE)

At least we don't rape people. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


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