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Old 07-08-2010, 10:51 AM   #521
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Every great player in NBA history has needed a lot of help to win a title. So why not just go and join up with the best help out there? One of the Top 5 players in the league and an All-Star forward who's probably Top 10 or 15 in the league. I don't see it being a bitch move. I see it as smart. Very smart.
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They say he’s making the announcement in the first ten minutes. So I presume the first five minutes will be a montage of great moments in history – man walking on the moon, Berlin Wall being torn down, LeBron getting drafted, LeBron dunking, LeBron arriving at the Boys and Girls Club earlier that evening (slow motion, cameras flashing). Then he’ll talk for a minute about what it means to be an icon. What a burden it is. Then they’ll show a minute or two of footage of people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and LeBron signing an autograph for a dude in a wheelchair while he’s looking the other way and talking to someone else. Then he’ll say that with great power comes great responsibility. And that he has to live up to the responsibility he has as an icon. And that along the way people have to make tough decisions. The music is stirring. They’ve actually got an orchestra in the building doing it live. And then… that is why I have chosen the Heat/Knicks/Bulls/Nets. There are then a couple of rubbish questions about that, and he’ll talking about winning being everything, and then the host will ask him if he has anything to say to the people of Cleveland. He doesn’t say anything live, they just cut to a pre-recorded segment with a voiceover from him talking about adversity, and rising up, showing footage of him as a kid looking annoyed interspersed with footage of starving Africans and upset New Yorkers on 9/11. Then a choir kicks in and LeBron is preaching about reaching for your best, and never give up, and there’s a new day ahead, and there are pictures of LeBron smiling and LeBron celebrating and dunking! And then John Legend bursts out of nowhere and it’s all suddenly lively, and fireworks are going off and they are cutting live to the city he has chosen where there’s a massive spontaneous street party where everyone is waving big Nike banners and then that’s about it.
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However, I do have a problem with the way he's handling this announcement...doing this tv special tonight, it's basically a big FUCK YOU to his fans in Northeast Ohio.
What if he announces he's staying in Cleveland?
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Every great player in NBA history has needed a lot of help to win a title. So why not just go and join up with the best help out there? One of the Top 5 players in the league and an All-Star forward who's probably Top 10 or 15 in the league. I don't see it being a bitch move. I see it as smart. Very smart.
From Simmons' column today:

13. I think it's a cop-out. Any super-competitive person would rather beat Dwyane Wade than play with him. Don't you want to find the Ali to your Frazier and have that rival pull the greatness out of you? That's why I'm holding out hope that LeBron signs with New York or Chicago (or stays in Cleveland), because he'd be saying, "Fine. Kobe, Dwight and Melo all have their teams. Wade and Bosh have their teams. The Celtics are still there. Durant's team is coming. I'm gonna go out and build MY team, and I'm kicking all their asses." That's what Jordan would have done. Hell, that's what Kobe would have done.

In May, after the Cavs were ousted in the conference semifinals, I wrote that LeBron was facing one of the greatest sports decisions ever: "winning (Chicago), loyalty (Cleveland) or a chance at immortality (New York)."

I never thought he would pick "HELP!"




There are more points than that one, but it pretty much sums up the options and the reasons behind them. And I agree that it's a desperate move.
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I'm betting for a christmas day game Miami at Cleveland on ABC.








*by the way Lebron,how many NBA rings do you own?*...just a random question....
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The Cavs probably won't even be in Cleveland anymore by Christmas. Stern will enact some emergency procedure allowing them to move to another city so they can find new fans after the old ones all kill themselves or swear off basketball for life.
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I'm betting for a christmas day game Miami at Cleveland on ABC.
If LeBron leaves Cleveland, they aren't seeing national TV again till 2034.
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It's all about ratings,guys.

And that game would have HUGE ratings,for sure.
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From Simmons' column today:

13. I think it's a cop-out. Any super-competitive person would rather beat Dwyane Wade than play with him. Don't you want to find the Ali to your Frazier and have that rival pull the greatness out of you? That's why I'm holding out hope that LeBron signs with New York or Chicago (or stays in Cleveland), because he'd be saying, "Fine. Kobe, Dwight and Melo all have their teams. Wade and Bosh have their teams. The Celtics are still there. Durant's team is coming. I'm gonna go out and build MY team, and I'm kicking all their asses." That's what Jordan would have done. Hell, that's what Kobe would have done.

In May, after the Cavs were ousted in the conference semifinals, I wrote that LeBron was facing one of the greatest sports decisions ever: "winning (Chicago), loyalty (Cleveland) or a chance at immortality (New York)."

I never thought he would pick "HELP!"




There are more points than that one, but it pretty much sums up the options and the reasons behind them. And I agree that it's a desperate move.
But Simmons himself is a huge bitch and hypocrite, so I'm not sure quoting him is helping you out.
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It's all about ratings,guys.

And that game would have HUGE ratings,for sure.
A 141-66 game on Christmas would get a 0.3 rating.
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What if he announces he's staying in Cleveland?

Great question. Even if he stays, I think a lot of Clevelanders will still be pissed of how this process was handled by James and his camp. Fans will be happy that he is staying but will look at him from a different perspective from here on out.....until/if he wins a championship...and then all will be forgiven.
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I still think that the tv audience would be curious to see the crowd reaction.
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I still think that the tv audience would be curious to see the crowd reaction.
And then they'd turn it off, and the ratings would be nil.
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Yeah, endless (and slow-motion) shots of various Cavs fans crying in bars would be hilarious, followed by the "opposition party rebuttal" from Cleveland's mayor or the Ohio governor or someone.
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What if LeBron rips his shirt off to reveal a team jersey, but then keeps pulling them off to reveal different teams underneath, until arriving at the final one?

That way each city can experience both the joy and agony.
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That can only mean he's going to The Clippers!
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that can only mean he's going to the clippers!
I would laugh if that happened. Why?

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*by the way Lebron,how many NBA rings do you own?*...just a random question....
Because then Kobe and DFish would have someone to loan their rings when their hands get tired.

This whole circus really makes me hate him. I have to remember he's still pretty young and will hopefully mature.
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He's not immature. He's just egocentric. That's not going to abate with time. By all other accounts, this is a guy with his head screwed on reasonably straight. He just has an ego that's about as outsized as can be.

What I'd love is for him to announce that he's going to Cleveland, then mid-way through his interview, Jim Ross arrives out of nowhere as some ominous music plays. Ross proceeds to yell "What the hell is this???? That's PAT RILEY'S MUSIC! NOOOOOOO!!!!" and then you see Riley, Wade and Bosh arrive as James rips off his Cavs jersey to reveal his Heat jersey.

It could happen.

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Well,if he is thinking that highly of himself,than he should go with the bulls and try to fill Jordan's shoes.
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Tell me when it's over.
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Its over, he just announced his retirement from basketball to become a full time puppeteer.
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