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LeBron James spectacle discomforting in so many ways

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LeBron James's hour-long special announcement predictably became the spectacle no one wanted to see even if people remained glued to their television. Even amid a scene where James chose the Miami Heat over the Cleveland Cavaliers, presumably for less money and better hopes to win a championship, the forum represented the narcissism, ego and entitlement that unfortunately defines professional sports. And with ESPN enabling all of this to happen doesn't surprise any of us even if it still disappoints us.

The Times' Mark Heisler gave a fair shake on the situation in today's paper, making it clear James has the right to take his time in deciding which team he wants to play for while also faulting him for going through this process in an hour-long special. The Times' Scott Collins and Joe Flint also rightfully questioned ESPN's journalistic integrity in airing a one-hour special highlighting James' announcement, allowing him to control the terms of the show and justifying it, as Collins and Flint reported, because an undisclosed amount of the sponsorship proceeds would go to the Boys & Girls Club of America.

And when it came time for the "The Decision" to air, all our preconceived notions unfortunately played out in the most egregious ways. The night started off annoyingly enough with anchor Stuart Scott proclaiming, "LeBron James,the most prized free agent in NBA history, will make an announcement that will impact the league for years to come," soon followed with an anonymous voiceover saying, "with breathless anticipation, the basketball world has been waiting. The courtship of a franchise-saving superstar has come to a close."

But not quite. Despite various reports indicating James would share his decision within the first 10 minutes of the one-hour special, that didn't happen until 27 minutes into the show. Up until that point, we witnessed constant examples that show how ESPN continuously bastardizes journalism for the sake of self-promotion. Scott reiterated over and over again the long-term significance James' decision will make on the league. NBA reporter Chris Broussard kept with his hunch that James would go with Miami, as indicated by his sources, but allowed himself enough wiggle room to say it's plausible for James to change his mind at the last minute and go with Chicago, Cleveland  or New York. And you heard all the analysts constantly assess how James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would play together with the Heat as if we hadn't heard their take the first time.

It continued even once ESPN finally switched over to reporter Jim Gray interviewing James on set. Instead of starting with the obvious question: "LeBron, which team will you play for?," it took 16 questions before Gray asked the one as he termed it, "the answer to the question everybody wants to know." He filibustered beforehand with questions that were perhaps insightful, but they served to cynically build up the anticipation and keep the audience on the edge of their seat. The nonsense continued when Gray and all the on-set analysts thanked James for his time even though he is the one that dictated the terms for the entire show. It remained prevalent when James was offered congratulations for making a decision. And it became worse when he was questioned about any of the negative reaction, most notably Cleveland fans burning his jersey, with an apologetic tone as if fan frustration was unjustified and James was put in an unwinnable situation.

The reality is that ESPN and James put themselves in an unwinnable situation. This news should've only been announced in a press release with a follow-up news conference. Instead the program featured a charade of mindless self-promotion, endless analysis and hyping up a player who has won zero rings. Even amid the long buildup toward his free agency, James had every justifiable right to take his time with his decision and ultimately decide to leave Cleveland, and his body language surely suggested the process wasn't easy. But he made a whole mockery of the ordeal by doing it in this format.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: LeBron James, left, talks with his publicist Keith Estabrook during an afternoon workout at the LeBron James Skills Academy on Tuesday. James met with representatives from six NBA teams last week and revealed Thursday that he will play with the Miami Heat. Credit: Chuck Crow / Associated Press.

 
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The talk was Bynum for Bosh. That is where i am saying Thank GOD Lakers management didn't pull the trigger. No more pretending center in the west for Bynum to contend w/. Amare is gone. And i was wrong, the lap dog is Bosh and the poodle is Bynum. Still the poodle is the 2nd most smartest dog and has been known to bite; Ask McMahon's family about their poodle.

Like most people who wasted an hour last night, I'm embarrassed to say I watched. But the only thing more embarrassing than admitting watching that trainwreck last night, was Jim Gray's smug, melodramatic joke of an interview (a trademark of his, but something that has clearly gotten worse with time). Why anyone still gives this hack a microphone is beyond me. And apparently I'm not the only one, as the only person getting ripped in this country more than James or ESPN today is Gray -and rightly so. "You still a nail biter?" Really? Even Heat fans were wondering who gave this guy a job at that point. Unless he issues a formal apology for last night(and the majority of his career), since apparently that whole sham was his idea, can the networks and ESPN please avoid ever giving this guy airtime again. The world thanks you.

This formation of the new Big Three in Miami is actually a good development for the Lakers for these reasons:

1. It will further focus the team for the 3peat in 2011.
2. Kobe must be licking his chops now with the challenge of beating LeBron and Dwyane for the championship.
3. While the new Big Three have two great super players and one super player, the Lakers have two great super supers (Kobe and Pau), and three additional super players (Bynum, Odom, and Artest).
4. The Lakers already have established team chemistry and leadership in the heat of battle (winning two consecutive championships and having gone through a 7 games championship series against the Celtics will do that for you); Miami will have to find and to develop these two ingredients - these two factors added importance for bringing Fisher back and Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak know this.
5. There is a shift of power to the East with Stoudemire and Boozer signing with the Knicks and the Bulls respectively. The Lakers now have an easier path to the West conference championship while the East will have to beat up on each other (Heat, Celtics, Orlando, Chicago, Atlanta).

2011 has just become a more compelling season. It will be wonderful for the Lakers to beat the Heat in the finals should that happen. That will show the importance of team chemistry, leadership, and organization along with talents.

Let the season begin!

Cleveland deserves and express how they feel about LBJ. No more circus til July 16.

Is Lebron James going to make an appereance? I guess we'll have to wait for an hour special where he will announce if he will or not.

So far 3 players vs. 5, just like Cleveland.....we have to see more. + the 3 don't defend.

To avoid having to watch last nights horrible display, I went with my kids to watch a pre-screening of the new movie "Despicable Me" ...

To my surprise it was LeQueen's One Hour Special with an hour of reaction.

Toss franchise saving out of the window... For me, from now on and forever, D-Wade is the main man in the Heat. Didn't the other two jokers join him there? This guy has a lot of smarts. And has single handedly made sure he is the only guy with a legacy in the East. He won a title before these two. And LBJ did a cop out.. .

The Bulls and even Cleveland could easily reach the NBA Finals next year with LBJ. If he had committed early to Clevland, he could have landed Boozer or Bosh. But still he would have to be the main man... What Kobe has been the last 7 years or so. The guy everyone will go after when the team looses. The guy everyone questions when the team wins.

But he is no franchise savior. He is just a me-too, who destroyed his legacy. He was so close... I think he freaked out because of his antics: since he made this huge drama, he was unable to attract anyone to his two favourite spots, Knicks and Cavs... Then the BUlls send that CD: live up to Jordan's legacy... He can't live up to that. So he freaked out and went to Miami... Sad no one advised him better.

Nothing could be better for the Laker's 3-peat chances than having the spotlight removed from them. With the circus having moved to Miami, the Lake Show will be free to conduct its regular season business without the pressure of having so much talent they ought to win by 30 every night. That burden will fall on Miami. And if Miami survives and makes it to the finals, the MEN who comprise the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers will be primed to play the boys of Miami. If beating the Celtics was satisfying, think how much fun it will be to beat Riley's little boys.

This is really sad. While my heart is with the Lakers I am a die hard fan. Just about all of the sports media and the owner of the Cavaliers have really showed their racist hands. Why should Lebron not voice his decision in this manner. After all it was all of you people that put him on the preverbial pedestal that he so deserves, after all he is a great player. For all of you that have tainted his free agency with uncalled for remarks is like saying to the slave your free to go and then shooting him in the back as he joyfully runs away.

It's a new day, the circus has ended. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are now set to show why all this has to happen. To win championships. Las Vegas has them favorite to win it all next year. But the games still need to be played. They are now the moving targets of all NBA teams. Even the Golden Warriors will be pumped to beat them. All the write-ups, opinions will be out of the window once the season starts. It won't be easy for Miami because the Los Angeles Lakers will always be looming before them...now and forever.

"That loud noise emanating from out West is Commissioner David Stern cheering from his vacation spot in Sun Valley, Idaho. " That's the line to remember from this morning's piece in the New York Times by Harvey Araton.

http://nyti.ms/d26lvu

While Thursday's atrocity is being universally panned everywhere you turn today, do not lose sight of the fact that it made Darth Stern happy. Season after season, Stern has been hyping his illegitimate wonderchild, only to see him crumble when the chips were down. When LeBron's FAIL sign started flashing in the Eastern Conference playoffs, Stern was humiliated. If James had stayed in Cleveland, Stern knew history would only continue to repeat itself.

LeBron isn't going to Miami to save the careers of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. It is they who will be saving his. If the Heat becomes winners, LeBron will get a good chunk of the glory; if the Heat falls short of expectations, the blame can be directed elsewhere.

For at least the season to come, the storyline will be the 3 Amigos North (Boston) vs the 3 Amigos South (Miami). At least that's what Stern will hope for. Chicago and Orlando will field good teams, but the master manipulator won't find a storyline with either.

As for Kobe & Co., the mission for the Lakers is to stealthily get through the regular season healthy. The "Decision" on Thursday should only help serve the motivation for a 3-peat. The Lakers have forged their weapons over the past few seasons to steel them to greater success and greater heights. Let all the attention focus on Miami. The rings and the trophies still belong in Los Angeles.

Joe_Corad: I understand what you're saying, but Miami simply did what it was supposed to do. Riles made a business decision. Riles had been mentioned as a candidate to coach the Lakers, and even halfway considered it.

I take the good with the bad, and yes, if Riles insults the Lakers, then he deserves scorn for it. But his sins pale in comparison to what he did for the franchise.

SUPERTEAM MY @ZZ
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I watched the Vaudevile show last Night, No tap dancing Jimmy it was so trite
For all the Money Princess Jimmy has got, He should fire his PR.people the whole lot
What fool talked Jimmy into this crap, Whoever it was needs a back hand slap
Darth stern could not be happy to see,, The burning of the Princess Jimmy Jerseys
To sell Jerseys he tried built a Super Group, Instead his @zz got thrown for a Loop
Cleveland, Chicago & New York too, Like wild fire Hate for Princess Jimmy grew!
Changing your number as you said you would, Jimmy will no longer do you any good
It won’t help your Jersey sales, Most of the country wants Jimmy’s @zz in Jail
But one silver Lining for Jimmy today, He can still Riverdance on Broadway
As for the so called Super Team, They’ll get washed away by Boston Cream
If Boston don’t beat them there’s Orlando, and don’t forget about new Chicago
But if Miami does happen to get out the East, On their @zz The Lakers will feast
Tell me please someone if you can, On the Miami team who is the Man
Can’t be Jimmy he’s a Princess, Not Chris Bosh he’s a Lap dog no Less
Then I guess the man is DWade, Sorry I aint drinking the Kool-aid
This Super team is a Super mess, Damnit Princess Jimmy take off Paulas dress
Drink the Kool-aid if you will, But I promise the SuperTeam The Lakers will kill

I woke up this morning in the aftermath, and an epiphany hit me (after the frying pan, mind you): Darth, er... David Stern secretly LOVES Kobe. Yes, bear with me here. The last four years have all been about Kobe and getting people to appreciate Kobe!

Think about it. Real basketball lovers (as ALL Laker fans are, of course) appreciated Kobe, but others? Not so much. Be it glares, focus, whatever - Kobe's not fun and party-iffic! So Stern (who secretly LOVES Kobe) starts to manipulate... first comes the Celtics. This was supposed to be a three year Ali/Frazier thing: Celtics win the first, Lakers win the 2nd & 3rd. KG's injury nixed that, but still: more love for Kobe and retribution.

Then, the hollow MVP's for Lebron. Building up this straw man until...

THE SUPER TEAM! It's like some Marvel comic super-villain summit to fight poor ol' Spiderman. Kobe versus THE EVIL TEAM OF ALL STARS. Seriously, when the Lakers kick butt in the finals (if Miami even makes it)... EVERYONE is going to be rooting for Kobe. See? It's all part of Stern's plan, 'cause he LOVES Kobe. :)

THE SUPER TEAM! It's like some Marvel comic super-villain summit to fight poor ol' Spiderman. Kobe versus THE EVIL TEAM OF ALL STARS. Seriously, when the Lakers kick butt in the finals (if Miami even makes it)... EVERYONE is going to be rooting for Kobe. See? It's all part of Stern's plan, 'cause he LOVES Kobe. :) Posted by: 63 Footer | July 09, 2010 at 07:58 AM
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If Darth Stern ever figures out that is what he has accomplished, he will slit his wrist!
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M24/larrY

MM....................Outstanding!! Awesome article!!

Good Morning Laker Fam,

Here are few more thoughts I have about what happened last night. LeBron has the right to choose wherever he wants to play and Dan Gilbert has the right to speak his mind. They can dump on each other all they want now.

Here's some differences I see between the collection of stars in Boston and the new trio in Miami. KG, PP and RA bought into the defensive philosophy/scheme of Doc Rivers/Tom Thibodeau. This led to the Celtics becoming one of if not the top defensive team in the league with KG winning a DPOY along the way. Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins developed as good defensive players as well. While LeBron and Wade are great individual defenders, Bosh can't compare defensively to even an old, injured KG. The Heat trio will have little trouble offensively, but it's on the defensive end that I have questions. The Celtics have designed a defensive scheme to stifle and frustrate superstars(I'm just looking at what the Heat will be dealing with in the East, I'm not transforming into a Celtic fan, LOL).

This is why the Bulls hiring of Tom Thibodeau cannot be understimated. He will mold and fashion the Bulls into a tough, defensive squad built to challenge the Celtics, Magic and Heat in the East. Losing Hinrich hurts their perimeter defense a little, but I'm sure they'll find a way to compensate. Noah may become a DPOY candidate under Thibodeau, Rose and Deng are good defenders, but the real challenge lies in getting Boozer to improve in that area. I give props to Thibodeau for being a mastermind of building team defense. The scary thing about this team is that they're starting to remind me of that Piston team that beat us in 04'. They have a lot of similarities. The Bulls may surprise a lot of people in the East.

RIGHT ON BLOG GOD!!!! YOU GOT THE FIRE IN THE BELLY!
MM FOR EDITOR OF THE LA TIMES, BANDWAGON PLEASE!!
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M24/larrY

"The Decision" would have been far more entertaining if in the middle of the interview a little alien would have popped out of LeGone's stomach wearing a Heat jersey.

Looking forward to the Christmas present the Lakers will be giving Cleveland this year...

I've never cared much about anything that comes out of Charles Barkley's mouth, but what he said last night about LeBron was telling and actually made some sense for a change: "LeBron will never be that guy..."

I watched the grossness that was LBJ's announcement last night. The only comment I have on it is now everyone, even those blinded by his talent, can see the character and ego of this dude. It's disgusting.

And I don't know how I feel about bandwagon fans all of the sudden liking the Lakers even though they hated them up until 6 pm last night.

Best part is that all the guys on NBA TV were talking great about Kobe. As well they should.

LAKERS, BABY!!!

For those who just can't get enough.
THE PUPPETS!!: http://tinyurl.com/3327yby


This really shows that LeBron is not about winning but about press and money (outside of basketball salary). He just left a 65 win team for a team with 1 superstart (Wade) and an All-Star and absoultely nobody else.

Kobe was threatening to leave a .500 team not a 65 win team. The reason Cleveland did not win reflects directly on LeBron. I have a hard time seeing MJ or Kobe (or Shaq in his prime for that matter) not making it to the finals at least once with that Cleveland team LeBron had. Kobe would have taken the challenge seriously and probably would have delivered at least one championship (as well as MJ). LeBron just does not have the fire to be a number 1 option and this proves it since he needs to defer that to Wade (who has a ring) and hope that Wade can give him a championship. I am also happy to see them trade away Beasley for nothing which will further deplete that team.

Just not cool, just not cool.

But Dan Gilbert's letter was freakin awesome! If his prediction is true, Lebron will never win a title. Cleveland's only chance was to land the overall #1 pick and have him be a once-in-a-lifetime talent. They did, and even being a home grown talent, he knew to get the hell outta Cleveland. All the money in the world won't draw top FA's to Cleveland. But now LBJ has the curse of the bambino on him.

It'd be awesome if it came to fruition, but if Karma didn't take out the big 3 idiots in green, it probably won't strike in Miami. After all, Karma shouldn't have let snaq win a ring in Miami either.

The Cleveland fans didn't burn James' jersey in disgust...

They were giving us all a creative visual display of his decision to join the Heat, that's all. Flames from the "23" is like the Flaming Ball logo...

A couple of comments from an outsider:
1. Pat Riley will coach this team. Only an ego that big can coach egos this big.
2. They STILL can't beat the Celtics, maybe in 2 years, but not as constituted today. No Center, below avg PG.
3. SOME of the posters here are hypocrites saying that if Paul and Howard go the Heat why bother having a league. Aren't some of you the same people who wanted Bosh for Bynum, or MeBron to come to the lakers for the MLE? Or trading for CP3 last year for Sasha, Walton and Morrison? Please, guys, think sometimes before you write.
4. Lastly, and I never thought I would say this - but IF (and I think it's a big IF) the Heat make it to the Finals and play the lakers, I will (gulp) root for the lakers! Wow, I wrote that, and I still can't believe it. Of course, I won't WATCH a secod of it, but I'll root for the lakers.

Happy Friday!!

LEWSTRS,

>>>The Big 3: Pierce-Garnett-Allen

>>>The Bigger 3: Wade-Bosh-James

>>>The Biggest 3: Kobe-Pau-Bynum


post of the day, right there.

LEWSTRS,

>>>The Big 3: Pierce-Garnett-Allen

>>>The Bigger 3: Wade-Bosh-James

>>>The Biggest 3: Kobe-Pau-Bynum


post of the day, right there.

"I got this from Digg:
"Adam Morrison still has two more rings than LeBron James."
LMAO HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA...

Posted by: Magic Phil | July 08, 2010 at 10:37 PM"

SUN YUE has one ring more than LeBron!!!!!!!! (LOL) and is years younger...Lebron is starting to look like Greg Oden (The "Benjamin Button" Disesase......) ....maybe the Clippers can get him when he is 20 years old.

4. Lastly, and I never thought I would say this - but IF (and I think it's a big IF) the Heat make it to the Finals and play the lakers, I will (gulp) root for the lakers! Wow, I wrote that, and I still can't believe it. Of course, I won't WATCH a secod of it, but I'll root for the lakers.
Happy Friday!! Posted by: Giant Green Bald Headed Lunatic | July 09, 2010 at 08:52 AM
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AW HELL NO! Who do you think you're fooling. The self respecting Giant Green Bald Headed Lunatic that I know would never say such vile things!! SWEET JESUS! " I'll Root for The Lakers". No, No, A thousand times NO. What have you done with our Giant Green Lunatic you imposter you? Hang on Greenie we'll recue you!...Seriously I never thought I'd say this but...Props to you Giant. It takes a big man - no pun intended - to say that! My respect for you sir has risen immensely. Enjoy your day
M24/larrY


Nemaia,

Even adding Boozer and Thibodeau, I think it's clear that Chicago isn't a serious contender in the East. I don't see how this Chicago team is better than the team Boozer left. Deron Williams is better than Rose, and losing Hinrich is significant for a young team that needed a leader.

The East is gonna be a full-scale war between Miami and Boston. The other teams just don't have the weapons to compete.

LEWSTRS,

>>>The Big 3: Pierce-Garnett-Allen

>>>The Bigger 3: Wade-Bosh-James

>>>The Biggest 3: Kobe-Pau-Bynum
post of the day, right there. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | July 09, 2010 at 09:01 AM
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I SECOND THAT!

ALL THIS DRAMA to beat Kobe and team....

I like this Lakers core team against the Heat, especially Bynum playing like an all star next season, Pau and Kobe well rested, Ron well adjusted and in shape and additions of key complementary players for which I trust Mitch to add the right pieces.


Green Lunatic: You have nothing to worry about. Miami ain't getting past y'all. Heck...I can't see them getting past Chicago, either.


LeBron/Wade/Bosh/Miller/Some Dudes > Kobe/Pau/Drew/LO/Ron Ron/Fish/UPS

The one positive spin to the whole debacle last night ...

Now LeBron is hated by more NBA fans than Kobe.

Kobe is loved by many but was hated by all the fans of teams that never got rings because the Lakers shut them out for so long (Kings, Portland, Suns, Nets, 76ers, Utah, etc), plus of course most Boston fans.

Now most Knick fans, Nets fans, Bulls fans, Clipper fans, and ALL Cavs fans hate him for being such a tease. And a lot of other fans who either liked him a little or were on the fence now hate his self-aggrandizing ego too big for the planet attitude.

This special makes guys like Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant look humble by comparison.

The East is gonna be a full-scale war between Miami and Boston. The other teams just don't have the weapons to compete. Posted by: EJK | July 09, 2010 at 09:03 AM
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I don't think so. I think Boston will absolutely destroy Miami. Rondo will and has neutralized Wade before. A well KG together with Pierce will stop Prncess Jimmy and as for Bosh...I said it before and I'll say it again Big Baby would knock him the Frak out!!! Boston is full of crafty old professionals who know all the tricks. Miami is a bunch of pretty boys who care more for stats than getting down and dirty when they need too!
M24/larry

Well, I guess it's time to tear down Lebron James. Every superstar seems to have to go through a period in their careers where they must deal with intense scrutiny and lots of hate. Before, it was Kobe with his 'rape' and selfishness, Magic had to deal with it a couple times when he choked against the Celtics and when he had to retire, Jordan had his gambling problems.

Everyone's pissed about Lebron having his 1 hour special on ESPN. People say it's narcissistic and ego driven or whatever. Well, while it might have been, who gives a rat's ass. I actually thought Lebron showed a lot of guts being so straightforward with NBA fans and his fans in Cleveland. He knew that the backlash would be severe, especially from Cleveland, but he's taken a risk that he feels he needs to take to win championships. I think he's right. He would not have won a ring in Cleveland, that's the bottom line.

And now Dan Gilbert says Cleveland will win a championship before Miami? Please... Who going to win that championship for Cleveland? They have nobody, and nobody, not even their hometown hero, wants to even play for them. So that emotional rant that Dan Gilbert put out there last night was a bunch of BS. Don't get me wrong, I feel bad for Cleveland. Being a San Diego Padre and Charger fan, I understand what it's like rooting for a small market team that can never hold on to it's great players. Right now I'm sweating whether the Padres will keep Adrian Gonzalez, after watching the Chargers let go of the greatest Charger of all time, LaDanian Tomlinson.

Anyways, I'm not down with the Lebron hate. Us Laker fans have nothing to fear from this Lebron decision. The Lakers are still clearly the class of the NBA and the favorites to win it again next year. This doesn't change that. All it does is create a new challenge. A challenge that will have to get by the Celtics before they even face us. It'll be fun to watch.

Go Lakers!

The Heat collected and is still collecting with the cheap point guards and Mike Miller.

The Wolves collected getting Beasley.

The East is going to tire each other out. Old Big 3 vs. New Big 3, Dwight and Co.

If Kobe defeats Wade, James, Bosh in the finals; you put him in the LEGENDS of NBA LEGENDS .

If Shaq wasn't a petulant Team leaver, this would've been a perfect comeback for him to a Franchise with Championship potential with multiple allstars.

Ok Fam Bam outro...

Last night's debacle should have been called "The Incision," showcasing LBJ with his scalpel of a gigantic ego slicing through the collective hearts of Cavs fans - long after the anethesia has worn off.

Apple just announced a new Lebron iPhone. It only vibrates because it has NO RING!!!! hahahahahahaha

like knicks owner dolan said it takes a special kind of player to play in the big stage and basketball mecca of madison.. lebron passed up over 1BIL of other potential future earnings.. if one thing was cemented in his legacy is that the crab CANNOT handle pressure and he never will.

the best news of all.. vegas has heat at 2:1 and lakers at 4:1.. we are now underdawgs!! love it..

heat also over/under 66 wins.. r u kidding me? with no bench and no center? riles gonna have to pull off some more miracles...

If Kobe defeats Wade, James, Bosh in the finals; you put him in the LEGENDS of NBA LEGENDS .Posted by: Charles | July 09, 2010 at 09:12 AM
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MUCH LIKE THE KING OF KINGS!
Sir Charles do I have to say it?...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!
M24/larrY

LeBron,

Don't you think it's sad that even with all the Hype and Posturing you've displayed that Kevin Durant's Legacy is already better than yours.

He's shown more class than the three of you combined... That's why when Kobe finally hands the real "Crown" over, it will be to a player more deserving than you.

like knicks owner dolan said it takes a special kind of player to play in the big stage and basketball mecca of madison.. lebron passed up over 1BIL of other potential future earnings.. if one thing was cemented in his legacy is that the crab CANNOT handle pressure and he never will.

You heard what the Idiot said about now he doesn't have to have the pressure of scoring 30 points or taking the last shot. WTF? Can you imagine Kobe saying something like that?
Posted by: yellofever | July 09, 2010 at 09:15 AM

LeBron,Don't you think it's sad that even with all the Hype and Posturing you've displayed that Kevin Durant's Legacy is already better than yours. He's shown more class than the three of you combined... That's why when Kobe finally hands the real "Crown" over, it will be to a player more deserving than you. Posted by: HalosAnt | July 09, 2010 at 09:21 AM
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Yes, but can they do the RIVERDANCE like me?

I could hardly watch last nite......It made me very uncomfotable and want to THROW-UP in my mouth. I truly was embarssed by LABOOB, He really could have done that in 5 minutes. On to Lewstrs and the Fish caravan, and Mamba24, we need a we're going to beat the S--T out of THE CURLY AND MOE show!!

If Jordan Farmar knows what's good for him, he's flying down to Miami this very minute to go offer his services for a minimum contract to Miami.

Neither Wade nor LeBron are 3-point shooters. Farmar is a PG who is decent at spotting up for the 3-pointer. If he started with those 3, his assist total would be insane, and he'd get a lot of wiiiiiide open jumpers as well.

Personally, I think the hype is too much for someone who has not yet won a championship after 7 seasons and has an attitude problem. How can we forget the 2009 Eastern Finals when he broke traditions by not congratulating the Magic and heading straight to the dugout, or when he threw away the last 2 games of the Cavs with the Celtics in the 2010 Eastern Finals. Anybody who understands the game knew what he did in that infamous playoffs and he handed the Eastern Championship to the Celtics on a silver platter just so he can leave Cleaveland. And at the rate Miami is celebrating, it is as if they have already won the 2011 Championship. My point is, it is all premature. What if 1 or 2 of the Miami B-3 gets injured really bad just before the playoffs? Or worse, what if LJ suffers a career-ending injury? And what if LA is able to get Derron, Amare and Ariza? Would you still say that Miami is the solid favorite? You gotta think clearly here and try to manage the hype at normal levels. LJ is a great player but until he gets a championship ring, he is just an exceptional player. Don't even try to compare the guy to Kobe. LJ looks good when playing. But let's translate everything based on hard and solid facts. It will definitely be the most exciting off-season ever. At any rate, Congratulations to the Miami Heat...

Guys,

Lots of good responses and I appreciate the love. There are some who disagreed with my take, which is perfectly fine. But I just want to emphasize one point. My grievance isn't that LeBron left Cleveland. My grievance is how he went about doing it.

Also, a new post is up

MM

Giant Green,

>>>2. They STILL can't beat the Celtics, maybe in 2 years, but not as constituted
>>> today. No Center, below avg PG

Now that's what I'm talking about.

Beat you again in the finals next year, greenie.

LeBron can get his ring... AFTER Kobe retires.

Saw on foxsports.com that have some new names fit for a king. CLOWN PRINCE and LEBUM!!!

>>>Even adding Boozer and Thibodeau, I think it's clear that Chicago isn't a
>>> serious contender in the East. I don't see how this Chicago team is better
>>> than the team Boozer left. Deron Williams is better than Rose, and losing
>>> Hinrich is significant for a young team that needed a leader.

Actually, what Chicago has that Utah doesn't is a legit Center, in Joakim Noah. Utah had Mehmet Okur, a mediocre defender and perimeter offensive player. And who was Utah's Luol Deng?

Chicago still has some cap space left, so if they manage to get a good shooter or two (Redick?) who can defend, then they'd be pretty decent. Not sure they can compete with Boston or Miami or Orlando, but they may pass Atlanta and certainly will pass Cleveland.

Wow. Dan Gilbert's really going off on LeBronze today. Here are some more quotes:

"He has gotten a free pass," Gilbert said in a phone interview with The AP. "People have covered up for (James) for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is."

Gilbert feels James quit on the Cavs during their second-round series against the Boston Celtics, who rallied from a 2-1 deficit to eliminate Cleveland.

"He quit," Gilbert said. "Not just in Game 5, but in Games 2, 4 and 6. Watch the tape. The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar."

Pretty strong stuff.

Well I'm a year ahead of myself but here's how the 2011 finals shake out:

PG Fish & Blake vs Chalmers - No brainer - advantage Lakers
SG Kobe vs D-Wade - The only SG in the world who wins the battle vs Wade is Kobe - advantage Lakers
SF Ron Ron vs LeBronze - Ok advantage Heat here but Artest will get in his head and alter his game like he did to Pierce
PF Gasol vs Bosh - Great matchup. Pretty even skillsets but Pau's length makes the difference - advantage Lakers
C- Bynum vs ?? - Actually two big question marks - who can the Heat get to play for next to nothing and how will Bynum's legs hold up. If Drew stays healthy - advantage Lakers.
Bench - LO, Blake, Luke, and Sasha vs a bunch of castoffs playing for the minimum - advantage Lakers
Coaching - Do I even have to spell it out? 11 rings vs a kid?

Assuming Bynum can play and we resign Fish - bring 'em on! No contest!

As I said, LJ has an attitude problem and it shows in the presscon. That was a lame excuse. He could have told the plain and simple truth that he wants to move to a more exciting city and team. Afterall, what good is the hype and money if he stays in Cleveland and watch helplessly as Kobe parties in LA or Wade in Miami? He should have been man enough to tell the world that he wants to party and he doesn't want to grow old in Cleveland or something to that effect. I don't believe he had a hard time deciding on whether to leave or stay in Cleveland. But I am 100% sure he had difficulty deciding on whether to go to Miami or New York. You can fool all the people some of the time, some of the people all the time, but never all the people all the time...

I was thinking of it this way. He made Art Modell look like a classy guy. At least Modell was acknowledging how much the Browns meant to the city and how in many ways it was an awful decision for Cleveland. By leaving in the middle of the night he actually showed he knew how much the Browns meant to Cleveland. Or if you ever sadly get a divorce there should be acknolwedgment of the love that was once there, it should be a sad occassion. There should be respect for what was once there and what you shared. You don't hire an airplane to fly a banner you are getting divorced.

But what LeBron did was the lowest class thing imaginable. He only should have held the spectacle if it was to stay in Cleveland. The owner was a bit extreme but he said what needed to be said. He also decided to take the easy way out. Even if the wins championships now it will barely mean anything. But I don't think he is going to win. Wade/Lebron do NOT compliment each other the way Kobe/Shaq, Kobe/Pau, Magic/Kareen, Bird/McHale/Parish etc., etc. did. They neutrilize each other.

LeBron seems like kind of a nice kid, and kid he is. But a WAY insecure one. He is classless. Someone, anyone around him should have got in his face after losing and not shaking hands and said a MAN does not act that way. Instead no one did. He has always been and still is a little insecure child. He is NOT a champion. Worse thing in his life is no one has every stood up to him. It will be interesting if Riles does. That might be the only silver lining for LeBron in this. If Riles caves to him, which I don't think will happen then it might be a good thing for Lebron. Might be the only time in his life that people tell him to grow up and get a pair.

Enough about the future 2010-2011 runnuer ups... Whos going to join the past present and future champs.

Whos filling the rest of our roster...???

Hard and Solid Facts...
LJ has a bad attitude and he is a bad loser.
LJ threw away the Cavs series with the Celtics. Watch the tapes.
LJ didn't have the balls to tell Cleveland he just wants out.
The man is a superstar and superstars party in party towns. He envies Kobe and Wade partying in LA and Miami. The guy doesn't want to grow old in cleveland. I suggest, LJ skip all Miami games in Cleveland. I am 1M% sure, he will be poisoned, his car trashed and his effigy burned right outside the playing court.

LeBron seems like kind of a nice kid, and kid he is. But a WAY insecure one. He is classless. Someone, anyone around him should have got in his face after losing and not shaking hands and said a MAN does not act that way. Instead no one did. He has always been and still is a little insecure child. He is NOT a champion. Worse thing in his life is no one has every stood up to him. It will be interesting if Riles does. That might be the only silver lining for LeBron in this. If Riles caves to him, which I don't think will happen then it might be a good thing for Lebron. Might be the only time in his life that people tell him to grow up and get a pair. Posted by: Larry of LA | July 09, 2010 at 09:59 AM
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Sir that is a great Post, and not just because your name is Larry. Lol!
It is also...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!
Mamba24/larrY

Whos filling the rest of our roster...??? Posted by: Dano | July 09, 2010 at 10:01 AM
IF YOU BUILD A DYNASTY THEY WILL COME!
Mamba24/larrY

BTW I understand it is a business and not a family. But also by a fluke LeBron was in his hometown. If not any love for the owner (and I guess there wasn't) at least some love and respect for his home town. And he showed none of that. At least some love and respect for the fans. But no, nada.

"LeBron seems like kind of a nice kid, and kid he is. But a WAY insecure one. He is classless. Someone, anyone around him should have got in his face after losing and not shaking hands and said a MAN does not act that way. Instead no one did. He has always been and still is a little insecure child. He is NOT a champion. Worse thing in his life is no one has every stood up to him. It will be interesting if Riles does. That might be the only silver lining for LeBron in this. If Riles caves to him, which I don't think will happen then it might be a good thing for Lebron. Might be the only time in his life that people tell him to grow up and get a pair.

Posted by: Larry of LA | July 09, 2010 at 09:59 AM"


Look at he way he compulsively chews his nails....compare that self-control to the time Matt Barnes (yes Matt, come drink our Kool-Aisd, aka Champagne)...did the ball fake at Kobe's face.....who later though that said the no reaction was "scary"....

Thanks Mamba, I meant if Riles doesn't cave to him of course. Anyhow like many of the posts in this thread, lots of great posts....the Lakers have even more motivation now.

Kobe is a singular dude, or at the Mt. Everest in the competitive league of Mike, Magic, and Bird, right at the top. But hey...even a little extra spice never hurt anyone, even Kobe.

Lebron is very similar to Shaq. Let's face it. Shaq and Lebron are the two biggest physical freaks of the last 20 years in the planet in Basketball. They both should have been the most dominant players in their ERA. But they both don't have nearly the drive of Kobe, Magic, Mike, and Bird.

Don't get me wrong. Kobe has tremendous physical gifts but he Kobe because of his mind and drive, not because of his body. Shaq and LeBron are who they are on a basketball court because in slightly different ways but nonetheless real ways they have the most physical gifts for basketball on the planet. LeBron is freakish. He had an NFL ready body at 16, not to mention NBA ready.

Riles is nearly up there with the drive of the all time greats but he isn't on the floor. So forget Wade and really forget Bosh....the biggest dynamic for Miami next year is Lebron and Riles and Lebron versus Lebron.

Based on the professional display the Owners in Cleveland decided to exhibit, IT'S NO WONDER HE RUBBED THEIR FACE INTO IT! I can only imagine how they acted behind closed doors. Good for LeBron to have the courage to move on!!!

Hey, this is LA. I'd be pretty confident if we can get Derron, Amare and Ariza. That means some people will have to go...

Mark Medina,


Your analysis was right on target.


It's nice that one can still occasionally read truth in journalism.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

Getaclue, mind explaining what Lebron did in 2009 with the Magic and the last 2 games with the Celtics this year and, also, the way he handled the presscon. Back where I came from, we would have understood him if the real reasons for his decision were revealed, that is indeed if the only problem was his relations with the owners. But you can't speculate on that. Don't be blinded by your reverence for LJ. To see is to believe. The guy has a bad attitude and he is a sore loser. And we all saw it...

I believe that Lebron should of just released a press statement instead of a press hour for a 30sec quote that everyone cared to hear. Cavs are bitter but should of expected it. The Cav team from last year would never win a championship unless they would get 2-3 better guys. The expectations on Miami will be much higher then any other team. Anything less then a championship will be considered failure. These guys win because of the major sponsorships that they will receive. I can't help but laugh when I see fans so faithfull to a player that doesn't care about the fans. They care about winning and being in the spotlight. They will have fans no matter where they go and get paid way to much.

Word From The Eastern Front:


So, I've been in contact with multiple people in Cleveland and they are all devastated. They feel so betrayed. Fellow denizens of Laker Nation, you've got to understand, their dedication to LeCreep was unlike anything you've ever experienced before. There were HUGE banners all over Downtown Cleveland covering their skyscrapers. It is not a stretch to say that Downtown Cleveland had been transformed into a giant communal shrine to this guy. I have never seen a community so wholesale dedicated to a SINGLE ATHLETE (NOT A TEAM, A SINGLE ATHLETE!)


They literally could not have given him more support.


But when you ask the little details about LeCreep--the legal issues with his mother, him acting like an immature narcissist, him being cheap, him having weird interpersonal problems with women... all these things that imply on a personal level this guy could be a low quality human being, all these things come up... but Cleveland swept them under the rug.


Not with the paparazzi in South Beach. It's a different game there. Miami isn't even a basketball town. LeCreep left a town that was wholesale committed to protecting him. Not anymore.


Things go downhill from here.


He's not winning a ring.


That's what WE do. Not him.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K - I'm glad you appreciated the post. I'm just trying to give my honest take on the situation.

MM

Quite honestly, Medina's analysis exacerbates the situation. If anything, I say Shame on Cleveland. Shame on them for being so classless and unwilling to respect the decision of LBJ, after he did the city a huge favor for seven years. Every one of us looks out for what's best for us at the end of the day. Lebron already did his fair share. At least he moved to Miami to win championships, not for the money.

Hey Connie, where is this coming from? Respect LJ? Do you watch the NBA games and the news? Has LJ done anything respectable since he joined the NBA? Ok so let's go over it one more time... In 2009, when the Cavs lost to the Magic in the playoffs, instead of the tradition where the losing team congratulates the winning team, LJ ran straight to the dugout. In the prescon after the game, he said he is a born winner, and to congratulate the winner is NOT HIM. The man CAN'T DO IT!!! He is a sore loser. And if you know your basketball and how your precious LJ plays, you know that in the Cavs series with the Celtics this year, he threw away the last 2 games so he can leave. Now, in the just concluded LJ announcement on where he will go, he CAN'T even give a straight answer on why he left Cleveland. Worse, he even said that he had a hard time deciding on whether to leave or stay in Cleveland. Was that respectable? That is a HUGE BS!!! But I am 1M% sure he had a difficult time choosing between Miami and New York. When he opens his huge mouth, things just don't add up. He is an egomaniac who doesn't care about you or the rest of his blind fans. It is simply all about him, him and him... How can you fault Cleveland for hating LJ based on what transpired? Have you ever managed your own business? What if you just happened to hire a super accountant and pampered him with a huge salary, bonuses and other benefits way above the industry rate and this guy got pirated by your competitor... How the hell would you feel???

Men are propelled to greatness not just because of their skills but also in large part due to exceptional charater and personality. As for LJ, he is no better than Iron Mike Tyson who lacked the character and personality to be a great man... Hero, LJ is NOT!!! Weep not Cleveland for you have triumphed still in losing the biggest ego in history... Learn from it... Skills MUST go hand in hand with good character & personality... Remember MJ and Kobe?

Doesn't matter James cannot be mention in the same breath as Jordan, Magic, Bird, Kobe, Shaq or even Wade. Until he leads a franchise to the mountain top, then the monkey will get of his back. Otherwise, he will always be a looser

It is really sad to read the comments on this blog regarding, not only the announcement, but LJ's decision as well. First of all, this was business, period! LeBron made a business decision and did what he thought best for himself and his career. Secondly, he was a businessman about the announcement, knowing that everyone was interested, he decided to capitalize on that and have it benefit, not himself, but the Girls and Boys Club, how is that for class. Third, Kobe Bryant and "getting the Lakers" I'm sure was not at the forefront of his decision process, but yes winning a championship probably was. Please, please, please, let me remind people that even though LeBron doesn't have rings right now, neither did Kobe when he first came out and he had a hell of a team around him! He joined the Lakers in 1996 and didn't get a ring for another 4-5 years and that was with Shaq, so please stop with the bs about his lack of rings. Maybe if Gilbert invested more time in building a championship team around him, instead of writing letters in a drunken stuper, he would have a championship by now as well. As far as the jersey burning and other memorabilia, it is not only disrespectful, it is childish for grown folks to act so foolishly. Hey, but let them burn stuff that quite possibly would have been worth a lot of money to them, so their loss. And lastly, the letter that Dan Gilbert wrote, what a disgrace, which made him look like a bitter and scorned little b----. You better believe that if the roles were reversed, he would not have hesitated to trade LeBron when the time came, so he needs to get a grip and learn to be a better businessman and apparently learn something he obviously lacks, good sportmanship! If he was really that concerned about LeBron, his happiness and livelihood, maybe he should have done something to put an end to his other player sleeping with LeBron's mother because you know everyone knew about it, which could have played a lot in his decision to leave. So give me a break! You people really need to get a life and understand that business is business because that's how all of the big fish operate to ensure that they remain the big fish, but let a little fish play the same game, well then he's a traitor, a betrayer. LeBron, I am proud of you and your decision and even if you never win a ring, you are still one of the most talented players in the game and no matter how many people don't like you, your decisions or burn your jerseys, that can never be taken away from you! Rock on!

 
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