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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

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. Tremaine - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:44 PM


  2. Christian - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Burn Cleveland burn!

  3. Steven Daniels - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    What a punk. The Heat instantly become the most hated team in the league.

  4. LeDouche - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Well Cleveland, at least you still have Jake Delhomme. And nobody can take that from you.

  5. Phil - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Lebron doesn’t know it yet, but he just because the biggest douche in the history of the NBA. He’ll be booed in every arena. Queen James is an understatement.
    What’s going to be funny is when they still barely win 50 games and lose in the first round.
    Bosh isn’t the superstar everyone thinks he is. He’s a 20-10 guy when he’s the #1 option. When he’s #3 he might score 12-14 points a game.
    Wade is awesome, but he’s got so many miles on him, it’ll be a wonder if he plays 70 games this year, and less in the years to come.
    Then you’ve got Lebron who will trying to carry the whole thing with 9 other minimum salary guys, no point guard, no center, and he’ll crumble under the pressure like he always does.
    Atleast he’ll get a reality show. Maybe VH1 can make a new show called Primadonna Athletes and do the first season in Miami.
    Queen, Flash, and Lapdog. And they’ll need to get a Kardashian in there for good measure. Kendall is pushing 16. She’d be perfect for these three.

  6. Dasmol - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    It’s really not too differenct than Boston acquiring Garnett and Allen. Only they aren’t nearly as big of attention whores. I don’t place professional athletes on a pedestal anyways, but LeBron is coming off as a world class, self centered jerk.

  7. hnirobert - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    So… does this mean they’re still going to get rid of Delonte?

  8. Kako - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Lebron just spit in Clevelands face he is a punk a diva and just doesn’t care. I hope everyone is going to enjoy predictable basketball. Well I’d rather see the Lakers win it all.

  9. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    Boston traded for both of them, they weren’t free agents or hired mercenaries.

  10. yo dude - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    They still can’t beat the lakers…

  11. linds - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:16 PM we have called him in c-town since the season ended…hope your mom gets a bad case of ‘crabs’ because we all know what she is…hope your babies momma comes up with it too. good luck comming back to ohio, your punk ass will need more than two body guards. SELL OUT!!

  12. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    the catch, the drive, now THE BETRAYAL!

  13. gatsby - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    james will be booed in every arena in the league, laughed at by true champs like Jordan, and whispered about in NBA locker rooms all over the country. Jellyfish move. james will make a nice #2 for Wade.

  14. Jared - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Listen too all these whiney Cleveland fans bitch and moan about losing LeBron. He doesn’t owe that city anything. He made a decision to play with great talent. I’m sure he would have done it in Cleveland if they had the ability or if Wade and Bosh wanted to come there, but they couldn’t. LeBron left. It wasn’t personal, so stop acting like he just broke up with you.

  15. JD - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Still Lakers in a 3-peat!
    Bynum > Heat Center scrub
    Gasol > Bosh
    Kobe > Wade
    Artest Heat scrub bench
    I say scrub because with those huge contracts, that’s all what the Heat can afford.

  16. JD - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Still Lakers in a 3-peat!
    Bynum > Heat Center scrub
    Gasol > Bosh
    Kobe > Wade
    Artest Heat scrub bench
    I say scrub because with those huge contracts, that’s all what the Heat can afford.

  17. JD - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    ugh post keeps cutting it off…

  18. Nick - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    First of all though I feel bad for Cleveland fans they should blame their ownder and general manager, not LeBron. Did they really think LeBron would sign with them so they could put essentially the same team they had last season(minus Shaq) out there next season? He basically had no choice but to move to either Miami or Chicago. I’m not sure what the Cav’s cap space was, but if it was so high already that they couldnt get anybody else then they are not going to win no matter what, and if they did have space they didnt use it to sign someone. Sign Boozer, Lee, Stoudamire, or make a big trade, or do something to show LeBron you want to win and not just make the playoffs every year. Burning LeBron jerseys is a joke, those arent basketball fans.
    As far as James signing in Miami, I thought Chicago was the better fit, but I do understand the questions about their management. How the big three will fit together, I dont know. I do know there stats are going to take a hit, Bosh points will go way down from 24, and Wade and LeBrons ppg will go down as well. Im sure they know that though and this is obviously about playing together no matter what. And yes, I do believe these three dude planned this since the olympics in 98.
    Now Miami has to somehow get a PG and a center IMO along with a somewhat reliable bench. The big three alone cant win a title. I do think they will win titles though, I’m calling at least 3 championships, maybe not this year but starting the next.

  19. mac_man - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    who give a crap. this is just another example of individual greed replacing team work. Owners and players deserve their comeuppance when the fans turn the game off and move on to something that deserves are respect and admiration.

  20. dan jiggetts shadow - Jul 8, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    It is incredibly disappointing that a website dedicated to the NBA has not already posted an article pointing out all of the inaccuracies Lebron made during his 1 hr special.
    1) The lakers drafted Magic, Worthy and traded for K.A.J.
    2) The Bulls drafted their first three-peat and then traded for the second one.
    3) The Celtics drafted Bird and Mchale and traded for KG and Allen.
    Lebron, Wade and Bosh manipulated the media and NBA front offices and are getting away with it. ESPN is a pathetic network to not call Lebron out for his nonsense during their interviews with him tonight however it is sad that a website like this has not already. Manipulating the system and using Chicago is not part of the free agency process that anyone should be proud of, let alone a so called NBA historian like Lebron claims to be.
    When will a real reporter point out how these moves have set a bad precedent for the NBA and made a lock out more likely (the owners now need to find a better way to protect their interests so players cannot pull of charades like this again.).
    I guess I expected more after enjoying for so long and relying on Florio etc. to debunk all the nonsense athletes throw at us and the mainstream media allows them to get away with. HELIN WAKE UP and write something original.

  21. turncoat - Jul 8, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    why burn LBJ? guy just wants to win and not to stay old with a team that won’t give him the title

  22. Dirk Simmons - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    Guys…what are we going to do? They’re good…they’re just too good. There is no accountability anymore. These guys had this in mind for months. We all know it. It’s not good enough to just call them out. You have to beat them. You have to find a way to beat them.

  23. Stevie - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:43 AM

    Like world cup soccer!

  24. Erik - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    It would be nice if Sterns called collusion on their activities; but, that would just affect his coffers more than theirs in the long run.

  25. Anonymous - Jul 10, 2010 at 8:40 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.

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