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LeBron James goes to Miami

Jul 8, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for wade_bosh-James.jpgLeBron James is joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat, forming the best threesome the league has seen in decades.

He made it official on his nationally televised ESPN special.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said on the show. “I can’t say I dreamed about it because I didn’t think it was possible.”

“I think championships are championships. You
can’t look at it and say if I had won it somewhere else it would be
sweeter.”

LeBron has been in the middle of a self-created hype storm — one that may well damage his image.

He just went on national television and ripped the heart out of his hometown. He just became a bigger villain in Cleveland than Art Modell. And Judas himself was more welcome in Cleveland than Modell. Cleveland has had its heart broken so many times — Willy Mays making “the catch,” then “the drive” and “the fumble,” then Michael Jordan hitting a shot over Craig Ehlo. And that’s a partial list.

“It’s hard to explain, but the seven years I gave to the city was everything… I never wanted to leave Cleveland,” James said.

All the hype for a decision that other players made quietly hurts him. Kevin Durant just accepted a max deal and announced it on twitter while going to Summer League games to cheer on teammates. Kobe did it mid-season with minimal fanfare. Even Wade and Bosh only did a 15-minute, middle-of-the-day interview.

He says he felt like he let a lot of people down, but the chance to pair up with Bosh and Wade made the decision. He said it was what was best for him.

  1. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    He didn’t want to pay the higher taxes in Ohio. I reckon he isn’t an Obama supporter, I mean spreadkin the wealth and all.

  2. dez1 - Jul 10, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Dwade, james, and bosh the new destinys child but who is beyonce lol and who’s gonna be the break away star, wade has just manipulated james to miami and james is obviously the geek student who has to be lead around…why are we even talking about bosh who cares about him…WADE HAS STRAIGHT PIMPED JAMES, THE BOSTON CELTICS ARE GONNA PUNISH MIAMI IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE, THEY HAVE MORE REASON TO NOW wade is just a three pointer shooter he’s no kobe, he’s no lebron, and he’s just sucking the game out of james, A GREAT MAN LIKE KOBE DOESNT COME DOWN TO OTHERS LEVEL HE MAKES THEM COME UP TO HIS!!!! KOBE WOULD NEVER INSULT HISSELF BY MAKING THIS STUPID MOVE THAT LEBRON HAS DONE! YOUR RIGHT LEBRON- YOU’RE NO KOBE!!! THIS MOVE BY JAMES HAS REALLY SIGNIFIED THAT KOBE BEAN BRYANT INDEED IS THE SH#$ !!!

  3. r. canales - Jul 16, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    hope miami fans are excited. they’ll get to watch the king play one on five. with one ball while the rest of the team get only two to play with! LAKERS RULE!

  4. J Dub - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    Lebron James leaves the Cavs and heads to the Heat…WELL GOOD FOR HIM!! How many years does he have to give to a team who won’t give him the support he needs to bring home a championship. Jordan needed a team he could work with before he could claim the title and so does Lebron and if Wade and Bosh can get the job done so be it. Sorry Cleveland but you should of invested in someone better than Jamison and Shack is five years to late who the hell is Boobie Gibson?

  5. marissa hesse - Aug 19, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    ok for one he did not betray clevland. he makes his own disciouns so if he wants to go to maimi he can. he will always be the best basket ball player ever. so all yal haters need to shut up… I LOVE YOU LEBRON AND ALWAYS WILL. and if you were a true fan then you would suppourt him…

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