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I don't care to say much more about this. Here's what Bill Simmons had to say about Lebron's decision. (This was written by Simmons before the decision was official):

"Let's say LeBron signs with Miami. Can you even make the Finals with LeBron, Bosh, Wade and nine minimum-salary guys? Because that might be next year's team … and if that's what happens, the answer is "no effing way." You don't win titles just because of your top three. That belittles the meaning of guys like Derek Fisher, Robert Horry, Steve Kerr, John Paxson, Brian Shaw … you could go on for hours naming role players who swung a title. The 2008 Celts lucked out by getting James Posey, Eddie House and P.J. Brown for practically nothing; Miami wouldn't have that luxury this summer, not with so many role players jockeying for contracts one year before the possible lockout. Nobody is taking less money to showcase themselves for a summer that might not happen. Even if Miami could spin Michael Beasley for a fourth guy (say, Trevor Ariza), that's still not enough. They'd need one more rebounder, point guard, a 3-point shooter and a center. Good luck.

11. Another problem: You realize how many minutes these guys would log on a three-man team? About 42-44 minutes for 100 games … and if anyone missed an extended stretch of games, then that would put even more pressure on the other two. Crazy. No way they win more than 50, especially with teams gunning for them every night. We've also never seen two perimeter superstar alpha dogs coexist for an NBA title -- not even when Jerry West and Elgin Baylor teamed up with Wilt Chamberlain against the aging Celtics in 1969. LeBron would have to accept becoming Mega-Pippen to Wade's Jordan. (Yeah, right.) Even during the final quarter of the 2008 gold-medal game, when everyone on the American team was staring at each other wondering who was going to step up against a red-hot Spain team, there were a few minutes of tentative, "I don't want to step on anyone's toes here" basketball before Kobe said, "Screw it, get out of my way" and took over the key portion of the game.

Well, at some point, Wade and LeBron will have one of those 2008 Spain moments … but what happens if both guys say, "Screw it, get out of my way"? You need to have a special type of mentality to want that moment; that's why Scottie Pippen melted down in that 1994 Bulls-Knicks playoff game, because Phil Jackson had spent that entire year building him up and making him think, "We can win without Jordan, you're just as good, we can DO THIS," then designed the biggest play of the season for someone else. It was a slap in the face. Pippen reacted terribly, but still, don't you want him to be pissed there? Isn't that what being an alpha dog is all about? Don't you need a special level of swagger and confidence to carry that load every night? And once you reach that level, doesn't it become impossible to share the spotlight with someone else? Of course …

12. Maybe LeBron knows that he isn't wired that way.

Maybe he wants to be an unselfish creator like Magic or a do-it-all wingman like Pippen. Maybe he has too much Doctor J in him, as I theorized after Game 6. Maybe he believes that if Wade carries the crunch-time load, it will free LeBron to do LeBron things and average a triple-double every game without having that burden of "I've gotta create every shot for us in the final four minutes." Maybe he thinks it's his best chance to win. And if so …

13. I think it's a cop-out. Any super-competitive person would rather beat Dwyane Wade than play with him. Don't you want to find the Ali to your Frazier and have that rival pull the greatness out of you? That's why I'm holding out hope that LeBron signs with New York or Chicago (or stays in Cleveland), because he'd be saying, "Fine. Kobe, Dwight and Melo all have their teams. Wade and Bosh have their team. The Celtics are still there. Durant's team is coming. I'm gonna go out and build MY team, and I'm kicking all their asses." That's what Jordan would have done. Hell, that's what Kobe would have done.

In May, after the Cavs were ousted in the conference semifinals, I wrote that LeBron was facing one of the greatest sports decisions ever: "winning (Chicago), loyalty (Cleveland) or a chance at immortality (New York)."

I never thought he would pick "HELP!"

14. LeBron joining Wade after his 2010 playoffs flameout, in my opinion, is like Conan O'Brien getting kicked in the teeth by NBC, then overreacting and forming a late-night version of "The View" with Chris Rock, Adam Carolla and Jeffrey Ross over trying to create his own show somewhere else. (Note to Carolla and Ross: Don't get excited, it's only a hypothetical.) Total cop-out. The move of someone who, deep down, doesn't totally trust his own talents any more. And maybe he doesn't."

Mike Saver 7/08/2010 10:16:00 PM Edit
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12 Responses so far.

  1. tb727 says:

    Simmons article was good today.

    I didn't watch a second of this crap.

  2. You missed it. Afterwards Broussard tells us how LeBron contradicted the negative stereotypes of athletes.

  3. tb727 says:

    Broussard=tool

    And in this equation "Broussard" is synonymous with "Adande" & "Abbout" & "Hollinger."

    I LOATHE espn...

  4. Yeah ESPN's rep has been tarnished. I never bought their LeBron love fest until now:

    Except Simmons. I liked this tweet:

    "Go Cleveland! I will never like LeBron after tonight."

  5. rondo-is-love says:

    It's not even funny how disgusted with LeBron I am right now. What he did was classless, tasteless, and downright cruel.

    I do, however, found it to be a bit amusing when they showed live footage of people in Cleveland burning his jersey. :)

    I'm going to laugh if the Celtics take them down in the playoffs next year.

  6. Sebastian S. says:

    To Mike S. ...I think if they fail next season with this star squad, ALL THE ENTIRE WORLD WILL LAUGH OF THAT GUYS (thats a high price for their decision)...and maybe one of them (more likely James) will ask for a trade.

    If our Celtics could be their end in the playoffs this would be the sweetest thing.

  7. Ubuntu05 says:

    this just in you guys, the line-up for the Heat next season has been announced:

    Starters:
    Wade
    Bosh
    Lebron
    Ref 1
    Ref 2

    Sixth man:
    Ref 3

  8. hahahaha! That's good

  9. Karl says:

    Simmons article was brilliant. I was sick to my stomach last night watching this, especially since half of it was commercials with Lebron. Sadly, I think the sporting world is only going to get worse.

  10. MLB says:

    I didn't watch a second of this crap either. Go Celtics!

  11. JR says:

    I too didn't watch a second. It was a pitiful narcissistic idea. I also heard that he kept referring to himself in the 3rd person.

  12. RoswellSounds says:

    I FEEL SICK. TIRED. INSULTED. CAN´T TAKE THIS LJ NO MORE. GOT A FEW DRINKS. NEED AN ANTIDOTE. I NEED BASKETBALL. NOT SOME UNREAL-SHALLOW-REALITY SHOW INTERVIEWING A DISGUSTING HUMAN BEING. CAPS? WHY NOT? RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE. ANTIDOTE NOW. AN OLD C´S GAME. MAGIC & BIRD. OLD MAGAZINE COLLECTION WITH BOSTON ARTICLES. JOJO WHITE. ANYBODY. SCREW THE SPORTS NETWORKS. TO HELL WITH THE IGNORANT READERS. ANTIDOTE. SHALLOWNESS. DON´T WANT TO BE CONSUMED. FIND A CURE. RIGHT - NOW. TINY. LARRY. NOT GOING DOWN. NEVER. NEVER. NERVES. NEVER. UNSPOKEN DREAMS. PIPPEN IN GREEN. NEEDING GREEN NOW. POISON IVY...

    Comunication Terminated.

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