Lebron James sat across Jim Grey at approximately 9:45 pm EST last night during his ESPN special titled “The Decision” and announced to the world that his plans were to join forces with Dwanye Wade & Chris Bosh in Miami. Lebron cited the chances to win championships now and in the future as his main reasons for leaving Cleveland and taking his talents to South Beach.
In the instant that those words came out of Lebron James’ mouth several Cleveland fans took to the streets to show public outrage for his decision. Some going as far as burning his #23 Cleveland jersey; which I believe is a bit extreme. I feel for the Cleveland fan, but at the same token Lebron gave the Cavs and it’s fans seven great years. He brought that team back from the dead and made basketball relevant in that town again. I truly believe that Lebron did all he could to try to get that city a professional championship and even though he is “The Chosen One” he just didn’t have the pieces around him.
Now as he moves on to the Miami Heat I believe that in the next 5 years he will probably have the opportunity to win several titles. No one knows how Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh will blend as teammates in 82+ games regular season, but you have to believe that having 2 of the top 5 five players in the NBA automatically puts them in contention.
Even though I feel that it would have been great if Lebron stayed and delivered a championship to his home state of Ohio, I believe that we shouldn’t paint him as a villain for following his dream to pursue championships in Miami alongside other superstars, let’s hope he accomplishes just that.
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