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 07-09-2010, 03:29 PM         #101
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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
 7 years ago '05        #102
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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.
 7 years ago '04        #103
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I was a Lebron fan, but not anymore. This was like the b**ch move of the millenium.
 7 years ago '08        #104
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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.
 7 years ago '07        #105
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 haff3131 said:
not 1 of the players kobe plays with right now would ever ever ever be confused with a guy who would be able to carry a team by himself. he is surrounded by GREAT role players. gasol is growing into a beast but i dont recall him being considered this good in memphis. kobes made it easier for him to play,and vice versa. lebron james just teamed with 2 guys who would normally be considered centerpieces for a good team in the nba. theres a pretty big difference there. if nothing else, at least i wont have to listen to the "whos better, kobe or lebron" bs all year. thankfully lebron answered that question for us..


a lot of real talk in the article as well


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 7 years ago '05        #106
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 stlcardinals19 said:
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.
The difference is Kobe and Shaq's game complimented each other fairly well. Shaq was the big man that could draw double teams while Kobe could slash and draw double teams. Their games were different and they could feed off of each other.

Bron and Wade are the same type of players. They are drive and kick players that don't do as well without the ball.
 7 years ago '04        #107
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 CA$H MONEY said:
:agreement6: What you all fail to realize is this.......As an Ohioan(dayton..bout 3 1/2 hrs from Cleveland) I know how those folks up that way feel....They stuck by his side through all of the times he's needed them. Ohio is the reason he's considered by some "the king".....Ohio always has and will always be one of those "worship a homegrown star" states. When he was in high school, people from that area as well as the whole state pumped him up harder than a lil bit....The anger comes from the fact that the one time this state needed him, he bolted...Ohio has lost a lot of stuff recently. The one bit of solace that was felt was in the fact that we still had "the king"......He indeed did take the easy road.....Simple as that....Sad to say but thats what this generation is built on....taking the easy road.....SMH...:disdain2:



Ppl like you k!ll me.... No he didnt take the esy road he took the winning road.... Cleveland is lame sports venue do they hav any chips.... it really doesnt matter.... im glad lebron left to move on to winning...... I wish i was in Cleveland now so i could laugh in there face...
 7 years ago '04        #108
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I think that some people are defending Lebron by getting into the sidekick thing with Wade too much. I think so many people who are mad he went to Miami are mad for that reason, not that he left Cleveland. I feel like if he went to NY, Chicago or even New Jersey people wouldn't have been so pissed off and I'm sure the Cleveland fans would still be irrate but so much if Lebron went somewhere besides Miami aka the city full of fans who don't give a s**t
 07-09-2010, 05:34 PM         #109
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Bottom Line none of you are gonna say anything bad about this dude when he starts making a s**t load more money off endorsements and has like 10 rings with D Wade and CB4. Around this time next year all of you LeBron Stans will be d*ck riding all over again like this s**t never happend. Nuff Said. So quit pus*y footin.
 7 years ago '07        #110
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Damn the King just got straight s**tted on
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 I'm The Dan said:
The difference is Kobe and Shaq's game complimented each other fairly well. Shaq was the big man that could draw double teams while Kobe could slash and draw double teams. Their games were different and they could feed off of each other.

Bron and Wade are the same type of players. They are drive and kick players that don't do as well without the ball.
I see. So you don't think Lebron can take more of a PG-type role, ala Magic Johnson? That's how I always saw him as.
 7 years ago '08        #112
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7 years is ample time to get LBJ a team they didnt, so he went to join two vlose friends so that they can all win titles together...dont be mad at the man for giving you almost a decade and then leaving when your ownership showed no signs of giving him any real talent to help him win, f**kn pathetic...its a damn shame when a man gets crticized for wanting to win
 7 years ago '06        #113
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 Lupe Hunter said:
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sorry i gota
 7 years ago '04        #114
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 GUNIT-FINEST said:
man ppl need to shut that loyalt bs up rite now. WHEN WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE LOOKS OUT FOR THEMSELF. LIKE LETS BE HONEST IF THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT AND THEY CUT LBJ

AFTER HE WAS THERE FOR YEARS AND NEVER WON A RING. YOU REALLY THING THEY WOULD BE LIKE

OH WERE GONNA BE LOYAL AND KEEP U ON THE ROSTER. BS WHEN THEY THINK YOUR DONE THEY CUT U THEY GET RID OF U. BUT BECAUSE HE CHOOSE TO GO YALL WANNA TALK ABOUT LOAYALT ARE U SERIOUS.

AND PPL HAVE THE NERVE TO CALL DAN GILBERT A HERO?? ARE U SERIOUS f**k OUTTA HERE
Dan is a b**ch all before he was kissing a.ss and playing videos for lebron and how much they love the man. And when the man decide to leave you start hating and talking down out the side of your neck. Now his true colors come out. I wouldn't play for his a.ss either. In my Lil Wayne voice "South Beach Miami hoe"

P.S. My Camron Voice "He mad, he mad, he mad" LOL
 7 years ago '07        #115
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 Kingbonafyde said:
7 years is ample time to get LBJ a team they didnt, so he went to join two vlose friends so that they can all win titles together...dont be mad at the man for giving you almost a decade and then leaving when your ownership showed no signs of giving him any real talent to help him win, f**kn pathetic...its a damn shame when a man gets crticized for wanting to win
 7 years ago '09        #116
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 Kingbonafyde said:
7 years is ample time to get LBJ a team they didnt, so he went to join two vlose friends so that they can all win titles together...dont be mad at the man for giving you almost a decade and then leaving when your ownership showed no signs of giving him any real talent to help him win, f**kn pathetic...its a damn shame when a man gets crticized for wanting to win
this.....whether its his fault or not in the 7 years he didn't win a ring he saw a better opening he took it he wants to win you can't blame him..does that make d.wade any less of a player for invitin lebron and bosh to come play with him they want to win championships so let em....
 07-09-2010, 06:01 PM         #117
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 GUNIT-FINEST said:
man ppl need to shut that loyalt bs up rite now. WHEN WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE LOOKS OUT FOR THEMSELF. LIKE LETS BE HONEST IF THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT AND THEY CUT LBJ

AFTER HE WAS THERE FOR YEARS AND NEVER WON A RING. YOU REALLY THING THEY WOULD BE LIKE

OH WERE GONNA BE LOYAL AND KEEP U ON THE ROSTER. BS WHEN THEY THINK YOUR DONE THEY CUT U THEY GET RID OF U. BUT BECAUSE HE CHOOSE TO GO YALL WANNA TALK ABOUT LOAYALT ARE U SERIOUS.

AND PPL HAVE THE NERVE TO CALL DAN GILBERT A HERO?? ARE U SERIOUS f**k OUTTA HERE
You are about right
 7 years ago '05        #118
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 stlcardinals19 said:
I see. So you don't think Lebron can take more of a PG-type role, ala Magic Johnson? That's how I always saw him as.
No, I don't. This is Wade's team and he's more of a PG than Bron. Wade has 2x better handles than Bron and is a much better passer. That means Bron will be playing off the ball more which he just isn't that great at. He needs the ball in his hands and so does Wade.
 07-09-2010, 06:14 PM         #119
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 r.burgundy said:
shaq wasnt top 3 in tha league when he was wit kobeshaq was betta than kobe fool
i couldnt even read tha rest of that stupidity
Jacka** I said two top 3 players AND a top 15 player. As in included the top 15 player. Kobe and Shaq were the allstars on the Lakers, that is it. The rest were role players. When Payton and Malone came on the team, they were both past their prime.
 7 years ago '07        #120
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Thank you lebron for proving you aint s**t!
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