Sports Illustrated: 'Bron Took The Easy Way Out

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 8 years ago '04        #81
336db336boy336 1 heat pts
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 Imagin3 said:
Lebron just left a 60win team to go ride the coat tails of Wade. Anyone who thinks that was a good choice is a Miami fan or a lebron super groupie. Lebron could have been goat, now he could be Scottie. Not terrible, but really? Where's the competitive fire?
Its a team game....Its not built on egos

he's just trying to be a contender for a ring everynight his team hits the floor
 8 years ago '06        #82
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 Lupe Hunter said:
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Ain't they though. He didn't take the easy way out he went too the team he wanted to play on. His contract was up so WTF? Let the s**t rest now. F**kin people are hugging this man's nuts. Sure he don't give a f**k about what people think......
 8 years ago '06        #83
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 336db336boy336 said:
How much longer do you want him to stay......He gave them 7years and all u can give him is JAMISON and a washed up SHAQ.....Stop the bulls**t


ron artest took the easy way out
kg took the easy way way out
Ray took the easy way way out
they were all in their thirties, LBJ, not soo much.

And none of those three call themselves the KING.
 8 years ago '05        #84
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 336db336boy336 said:
Nobody said s**t when KEVIN, RAY, AND PAUL teamed up and won a ring the first year
Nobody was like "OH KG TOOK THE EASY WAY OUT".....nobody was like" RAY YOUR UNLOYAL"......after they won that ring everybody was on there d*ck.....STOP THE HATIN.....Theres no I in team

And kobe nor jordan won the chips by there self......Point Blank!

7years was enough time to pack it up
people need to stop acting like what ray and garnett did is the same to what is going on now (especially when garnett and ray was TRADED to the team), and also at this point in their career they were chasing the ring

lebron directly said that he didnt want to be player that just chases a ring and want to win a championship in cleveland and "wont rest" till he does. people need to stop trying to bring up other situations to justify this one especially when this doesnt need justification they (bron, wade, and bosh) have every right to do what they did, just like the nba fans have every right to say what they are saying


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 8 years ago '04        #85
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He f**kin left so wat.....He gave cleveland 7years and they still aint get him no help.....Now he's a heat

So wat its life get over it

Loyalty been over wit when bush got his first day in the white house
 8 years ago '07        #86
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Chris Broussard said on ESPN Friday that a big reason that LeBron James didn't sign with the Bulls is that they didn't offer enough perks for LeBron's family and friends.

One of LeBron's buddies was hired by the Cavaliers and he wanted his entourage to be able to travel on the Bulls' tab, but the team, according to Broussard, said 'we didn't do that for Michael Jordan, so we're not doing it for you.'
wow
 8 years ago '05        #87
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 336db336boy336 said:
He f**kin left so wat.....He gave cleveland 7years and they still aint get him no help.....Now he's a heat

So wat its life get over it

Loyalty been over wit when bush got his first day in the white house
i think cavs fans will get over it but fact of the matter is they feel some sort of way right now...thats understandable bron sold them on something he wasnt as dedicated to deliver on as he perceived to be. anyone in cavs fans position would be somewhat upset but eventually get over it, give them some time it hasnt even been a day
 8 years ago '04        #88
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fat old white people are heated as always when ni99az decde to come together and go in.
 8 years ago '08        #89
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 bangab**ch said:
and you clowns need to learn how to argue. stop bringing up old situations that don't parallel to lebron's in the least bit. teams were built around the GOAT, KOBE, Magic, Bird, ect. these guys didn't b**ch up when things got tough by joining each other. that's the difference.

when you're the man, players will come to play with you. Wade is obviously the man in this situation. Lebron is nothing more than a follower now.
I heard that ESPN had reported that LeBron was recruiting Bosh to Cleveland, but Bosh didn't really like the city too much.
 8 years ago '05        #90
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lebron has immense talent an in this world of leaders of followers hes a follower cuz he couldn't lead his team to a title
 8 years ago '07        #91
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I think he should've stayed in cleveland, but let's leave the n*gga alone. If he's comfortable being Wade's son, robin, sidekick, etc. then so be it. We're witnessing something special. It's not everyday that a guy with incredible talent and a ridiculous skill set chooses to dumb down and become a lap dog. Let's witness this new era of Lebron James and King Wade.
 8 years ago '07        #92
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 StateProperty88 said:
people need to stop acting like what ray and garnett did is the same to what is going on now (especially when garnett and ray was TRADED to the team), and also at this point in their career they were chasing the ring

lebron directly said that he didnt want to be player that just chases a ring and want to win a championship in cleveland and "wont rest" till he does. people need to stop trying to bring up other situations to justify this one especially when this doesnt need justification they (bron, wade, and bosh) have every right to do what they did, just like the nba fans have every right to say what they are saying
Maybe one of the truest statements made on this whole topic. As much as I think LBJ is a b**ch for doing what he did, he did have every right to do so, but same goes for the fans like me. Same goes for bosh - which hits home a little more being from Toronto and being a Raptor fan. f**k all three of them though. Kobe still >>>>
 8 years ago '07        #93
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 8 years ago '07        #94
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 legendisdope said:
see they are all good at something, 3 point and defendin and reboundin.. they arent a total package all star team like lebron got.. stfu with that
your an idiot'

wade or bron or bosh cant shoot 3's.bosh cant guard anybody so explain how they are total package?
 8 years ago '06        #95
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 StateProperty88 said:

lebron directly said that he didnt want to be player that just chases a ring and want to win a championship in cleveland and "wont rest" till he does.
Realest s**t in this damn thread.
LeBron basically threw in the towel at age 25..I can see him saying this later on down the road or something but to just up and leave and downgrade yourself to a damn number 2 is crazy..Anybody that has goals of being considered the best doesn't try to hop on somebody else squad and get rings that way.
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 07-09-2010, 02:29 PM         #97
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Michael Jordan announced on national television leaving Chicago to join the Detroit Pistons. Jordan said it was tough to bolt Chicago, where he was the most popular athlete in many years, because he thinks he has a better chance to win a championship if he plays with Pistons star Isiah Thomas. Jordan said by playing together, he and Thomas "won't have the pressure of going out and scoring 30 every night."

That would have sounded absurd, right? Well, it is no more absurd than what LeBron James is doing. Jordan was 27 years old in 1990, slightly older than James is now. He had never been to the NBA Finals. He had been beaten up by the Celtics and Pistons for years. He doubted his supporting cast was good enough.

But he never doubted himself.

And it became very clear Thursday night that LeBron James does doubt himself. James will be a champion in Miami -- if not next year, then sometime after that. If you put James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together and give Pat Riley five years to find the complementary pieces, that team will win a championship.

But James does not have the heart of a champion. He does not have the competitive fire of Jordan, the bull-headed determination of Kobe Bryant, the quiet self-confidence of Tim Duncan, the willful defiance of Isiah or the winning-is-everything hunger of Magic Johnson.

He is an extremely gifted player who wants the easy way out.

And how do we know this?

James said so himself.

Oh, not in so many words. But once ESPN was done ESPN-izing its LeBron coverage -- filling it with babbling experts, needless hype and Jim Gray submitting his top six entries in the Stupidest Question Ever contest -- the self-proclaimed King said everything you need to know about him.

1. "You have to do what's best for you, and what's going to make you happy."

This is what's going to make him happy? Sharing a stage with two other stars? Really?

I guess that's all LeBron is: A complementary player with superstar talent. We should have figured this out before: He got that giant CHOSEN 1 tattoo on his back and calls himself King James because he is desperate for reassurance.

There is no greater challenge in sports getting drafted by a godawful team, planting your flag in a city and working like crazy until you have turned that team into a champion.

LeBron James didn't want the challenge. He wanted to play with his buddies.

2. "We don't have the pressure of going out and scoring 30 every night or shooting a high percentage."

Whoa. Hold on there. Scoring 30 a night is too much pressure for one of the five most talented players ever?

Find me another all-time NBA great who would utter those words. Jordan would rather do an adidas commercial than say that. Bryant must have laughed as he heard the so-called "King" say that. Larry Bird? The next time he complains about pressure will be the first. Magic was the greatest team player of the last 40 years, but he was also so competitive that he wanted to play Jordan one-on-one in a promotional event -- and this was when Magic had won titles and Jordan had not, so Magic had more to lose.

3. "I know how loyal I am."

The man just dumped his hometown(s) on national television. Cleveland (and, by extension, Akron) happens to be the most tortured sports city in America. To do that, then say "I know how loyal I am" ... wow, wow, wow.

I wish I could sit in on one of LeBron's meetings with his advisers. Does he make them all wear mirrored sunglasses, so that when he looks at them he sees himself?

We really don't ask that much of our sports stars. Try not to get arrested for anything big. Don't curse at the fans. You know, small stuff. We even understand that 95 percent of the time, they will make career decisions based on money -- we might not love it, but we understand it.

But see, the biggest thing that we ask of our sports stars is this: Take the competition as seriously as we do.

When LeBron James loses to Boston in the playoffs, we want him to take the heat, not take the Heat's offer. We want him to spend the summer adding to his game, calling and texting his teammates, plotting to do better next season.

Instead, well ...

4. "It's about joining forces with the other two guys."

He sounds like a nine-year-old playing Star Wars games with his buddies at a sleepover. And again: I do believe this Miami team will win a title. But it won't be as easy as he wants it to be. Miami will have the weakest bench of any contender next season After that, the NBA will have a lockout, and the league could eliminate the mid-level exception, which would be Miami's best tool for adding talent.

So this is a cop-out, but it's not as easy of a cop-out as it appears. And that brings us to ...

5. "This is the greatest challenge for me."

LeBron James just jumped into an elevator and wants us to think he can fly. Sorry, but we know better. We know that he did something Michael, Magic, Bird and Bill Russell never would have done. We know he ditched Cleveland for an All-Star team.

But you know what? In Miami, anything short of a title will be a failure. Nobody outside of Miami will root for this team, and nobody in Miami roots for anybody. They're too busy enjoying the weather.

I thought he would stay in Cleveland, because I thought all he cared about was adoration. I was wrong about Cleveland, but he is wrong about adoration. He thinks he'll get it by winning a title. He has insulated himself from the world, surrounded himself with yes men. He has no idea how much backlash he is about to get.

That's one of the great ironies of this -- James is trying to flee pressure, but he will just face more of it. He is trying to maximize his "brand," but he just damaged it.

The first time I watched LeBron James live, I thought he could be the greatest player ever. The sad truth for us, for him, and for the NBA is that he never really believed it himself.

damn if you do damn if you dont.......if he stayed and never won then he would be deemed over hyped and would have a pretty crazy career and life I imagine

Now that he left he is over hyped and over rated........Im excited to see the team,f**k the haters.......cause when you winning nobody cares.....but when you loose then everybody is watching for you to be superman..........do ya thing......and many rings to ya
 8 years ago '05        #98
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 Ahmed said:

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Michael Jordan announced on national television leaving Chicago to join the Detroit Pistons. Jordan said it was tough to bolt Chicago, where he was the most popular athlete in many years, because he thinks he has a better chance to win a championship if he plays with Pistons star Isiah Thomas. Jordan said by playing together, he and Thomas "won't have the pressure of going out and scoring 30 every night."

That would have sounded absurd, right? Well, it is no more absurd than what LeBron James is doing. Jordan was 27 years old in 1990, slightly older than James is now. He had never been to the NBA Finals. He had been beaten up by the Celtics and Pistons for years. He doubted his supporting cast was good enough.

But he never doubted himself.

And it became very clear Thursday night that LeBron James does doubt himself. James will be a champion in Miami -- if not next year, then sometime after that. If you put James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together and give Pat Riley five years to find the complementary pieces, that team will win a championship.

But James does not have the heart of a champion. He does not have the competitive fire of Jordan, the bull-headed determination of Kobe Bryant, the quiet self-confidence of Tim Duncan, the willful defiance of Isiah or the winning-is-everything hunger of Magic Johnson.

He is an extremely gifted player who wants the easy way out.

And how do we know this?

James said so himself.

Oh, not in so many words. But once ESPN was done ESPN-izing its LeBron coverage -- filling it with babbling experts, needless hype and Jim Gray submitting his top six entries in the Stupidest Question Ever contest -- the self-proclaimed King said everything you need to know about him.

1. "You have to do what's best for you, and what's going to make you happy."

This is what's going to make him happy? Sharing a stage with two other stars? Really?

I guess that's all LeBron is: A complementary player with superstar talent. We should have figured this out before: He got that giant CHOSEN 1 tattoo on his back and calls himself King James because he is desperate for reassurance.

There is no greater challenge in sports getting drafted by a godawful team, planting your flag in a city and working like crazy until you have turned that team into a champion.

LeBron James didn't want the challenge. He wanted to play with his buddies.

2. "We don't have the pressure of going out and scoring 30 every night or shooting a high percentage."

Whoa. Hold on there. Scoring 30 a night is too much pressure for one of the five most talented players ever?

Find me another all-time NBA great who would utter those words. Jordan would rather do an adidas commercial than say that. Bryant must have laughed as he heard the so-called "King" say that. Larry Bird? The next time he complains about pressure will be the first. Magic was the greatest team player of the last 40 years, but he was also so competitive that he wanted to play Jordan one-on-one in a promotional event -- and this was when Magic had won titles and Jordan had not, so Magic had more to lose.

3. "I know how loyal I am."

The man just dumped his hometown(s) on national television. Cleveland (and, by extension, Akron) happens to be the most tortured sports city in America. To do that, then say "I know how loyal I am" ... wow, wow, wow.

I wish I could sit in on one of LeBron's meetings with his advisers. Does he make them all wear mirrored sunglasses, so that when he looks at them he sees himself?

We really don't ask that much of our sports stars. Try not to get arrested for anything big. Don't curse at the fans. You know, small stuff. We even understand that 95 percent of the time, they will make career decisions based on money -- we might not love it, but we understand it.

But see, the biggest thing that we ask of our sports stars is this: Take the competition as seriously as we do.

When LeBron James loses to Boston in the playoffs, we want him to take the heat, not take the Heat's offer. We want him to spend the summer adding to his game, calling and texting his teammates, plotting to do better next season.

Instead, well ...

4. "It's about joining forces with the other two guys."

He sounds like a nine-year-old playing Star Wars games with his buddies at a sleepover. And again: I do believe this Miami team will win a title. But it won't be as easy as he wants it to be. Miami will have the weakest bench of any contender next season After that, the NBA will have a lockout, and the league could eliminate the mid-level exception, which would be Miami's best tool for adding talent.

So this is a cop-out, but it's not as easy of a cop-out as it appears. And that brings us to ...

5. "This is the greatest challenge for me."

LeBron James just jumped into an elevator and wants us to think he can fly. Sorry, but we know better. We know that he did something Michael, Magic, Bird and Bill Russell never would have done. We know he ditched Cleveland for an All-Star team.

But you know what? In Miami, anything short of a title will be a failure. Nobody outside of Miami will root for this team, and nobody in Miami roots for anybody. They're too busy enjoying the weather.

I thought he would stay in Cleveland, because I thought all he cared about was adoration. I was wrong about Cleveland, but he is wrong about adoration. He thinks he'll get it by winning a title. He has insulated himself from the world, surrounded himself with yes men. He has no idea how much backlash he is about to get.

That's one of the great ironies of this -- James is trying to flee pressure, but he will just face more of it. He is trying to maximize his "brand," but he just damaged it.

The first time I watched LeBron James live, I thought he could be the greatest player ever. The sad truth for us, for him, and for the NBA is that he never really believed it himself.

Great post. Pretty much details what I think about the situation. The Heat have turned into the bad guys and they will face more pressure now because of it. It's a championship or fail for these guys.

Overnight, the league has just done a huge flip. It's went from the Lakers being hated and Bron being the golden child to everyone hating Lebron and loving the Lakers. The Lakers are the team that has the best chance to beat them (and I think they will) so people will root for the Lakers.

Stern is smiling right now. If he gets his Lakers vs Heat matchup in the finals that would do ridiculous numbers and bring people that normally wouldn't watch it.
 8 years ago '04        #99
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I was a Lebron fan, but not anymore. This was like the b**ch move of the millenium.
 8 years ago '08        #100
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 bangab**ch said:
is chris bosh the be all end all? he didn't have to stay in cleveland to be the centerpiece, he could have went to NY, NJ, Chi, LA clippers, where ever and nobody would have tripped cause he would be clearly the man on the roster. he's supposed to be better than being Dwayne Wade's sidekick.
Correct. LeBron is better than a sidekick, so I'm not seeing as to why folks won't believe it'll be a 1a 1b situation much like Shaq and Kobe. But the point I hoped to convey is that LeBron was active in trying to bring in the best he could hope for, in Bosh, to Cleveland. The Gasol to his Kobe, per se. When Bosh said, "no thanks," then LeBron did what he thought was the best chance to win a chip, IMO. Bosh isn't the end all, but he would've added a huge piece to puzzle.
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