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Some thoughts on LeBron James and the NBA Finals

The moment a large chunk of NBA fans were dreading has arrived. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh are playing in the NBA Finals in their very first season together.

LeBron James became public enemy #1 in the eyes of many in the aftermath of “The Decision” but as I said it then I find that stance from people quiet funny. I said back in July that I had no problems with LeBron leaving for Miami and remains true to this date. Unlike most I always wasn’t rooting against them in the playoffs. What do you think of his decision to leave Cleveland now? Is it the same as it was back in July?

By the way how much crazier does Dan Gilbert’s rant sound now? Unless you count University of Virginia’s lacrosse title the Cavaliers will not win a championship before the Heat.

I actually wouldn’t have had a problem with any of the conference finalists from this year winning the NBA Championship. I don’t know if I am cheering for the Mavericks or the Heat because I honestly wouldn’t have a problem with either of the two winning. A Miami win would be fun because of uproar it will cause from hypocritical NBA fans. I call them hypocrites because very few of them would have had a problem with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh signing with their teams. Now I’m supposed to buy into their arguments for hating these guys? I have encountered plenty of Knicks fans here in the NJ/NY area who have knocked LeBron for his decision to sign with Miami but I can guarantee not one of them would be saying a thing. It becomes even more laughable when many of those same Knicks fans are fans of the New York Yankees who’s entire business model revolves around signing the big free agents from around the league! I’m not trying to make this into a New York thing at all. Most of the people knocking LeBron happen to be Kobe Bryant fans. Yet again though they don’t see the hypocrisy in their views. For whatever reason they have chosen to forget that Kobe basically forced his way to the Lakers after being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets. LeBron James honored his contract and took the franchise to heights it had never before seen.

Dirk Nowitzki has been one of my favorite players in the league for quiet some time. I definitely would like to see him win a championship and that is why part of me leans towards the Mavericks this year. The three guys in Miami will have plenty of chances to win a title, this could very well be the last time Nowitzki has a shot. Plus, how cool would it be to see David Stern hand the trophy to Mark Cuban? I couldn’t care less about Jason Kidd though. I get that he’s a future Hall of Famer and generally well liked player but that doesn’t change that he is an idiot.

Have you heard about the “Cavs for Mavs” fan group?

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2010-11 Miami Heat

I just had to update my post from earlier tonight. Those who know me have known for years that I don’t like the Heat (goes back to the Mourning days), don’t like Pat Riley, don’t even really care for the NBA during the regular season all that much but I absolutely love this move. July 2010. It has been marked on NBA calendars for years. The outcome is now finally clear. 
This will be one great 1-2-3 combination with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh (as much as this pains me as a Raptors fan). I don’t understand the people criticizing LeBron’s decision here. He just proved that he did care about winning more then a max contract or the spotlight. How can anyone question his motives here? James and Wade on the perimeter along with Bosh will make whoever is with them much better. I love how the Cavalier fans are being hypocrites about this. They keep talking about loyalty but they would have been just fine with Bosh or Wade joining their team. Would they have cried about loyalty in that scenario? Sports are a business. Free Agency is part of the business. Deal with it.
I don’t understand people saying that this team won’t win. We criticize athletes all the time for being about the money but here are 3 of the top guys in league taking less money to play together.  When was the last time 3 guys this good and this young got together in any sport? Veterans will sign for the league minimum to play in Miami and ride their coattails to a championship. Would anyone be shocked to see someone like McGrady play for the minimum there? 
I’ve been telling for a few years that he does not have to come play in New York to “build his brand.” This is 2010, not 1970. Sports games are televised around the world. Jerseys and shoes  of athletes like LeBron are sold around the world. Does anyone seriously think that Nike will have trouble selling “Witness” Tees in Miami? Heck, does anyone think they would have trouble selling those if he had signed with Memphis? It’s a global age. Games are everywhere, highlights are everywhere and the merchandise is everywhere. Lets stop with the archaic view of the sports landscape.
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He won’t be “the guy” on Miami. Aside from Alex Rodriguez, how many guys come to mind who have willingly moved to another team to share the spotlight when they could have been the face of their own franchise? Basketball fans for years have said that he only cares about himself but here he is reportedly on the verge of going to Miami to share the spotlight with not one but two superstars. How does that make any sense? He’s putting himself into a position where he can win championships for the next couple of years. Would anyone really be surprised to see veterans like Tracy McGrady sign up to play for the NBA minimum in order to win a championship with this group? This is the perfect situation for LeBron. He can sign a short term deal (or a deal with an out clause) and possibly go to the Nets in 3 years when they move to Brooklyn?

By the way, the jerseys are already available to be bought.


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Some thoughts on LeBron James

We are about 3 hours away from “The Decision” and this LeBron stuff keeps getting more and more absurd by the hour. I’ve been reading and hearing things in the past few days about LeBron’s decision and some of them just make no sense. Like I mentioned the other day, I just didn’t think LeBron’s ego would allow him to sign with Miami but it is looking like me and most others were wrong on this.

Why would anyone criticize his decision to go to Miami? For years people have been calling him selfish. For years people have been saying LeBron doesn’t about winning. For years people have been saying that LeBron only cares about his brand. So I have to ask again, how can anyone criticize him if he actually does sign with Miami? If he does sign with Miami he will get a smaller (as ridiculous as that sounds given the amount of money we are talking about here) contract then the one he would if he signed with Cleveland.

I’ve been telling people for a few years that he does not have to come play in New York to “build his brand.” This is 2010, not 1970. Sports games are televised around the world. Jerseys and shoes  of athletes like LeBron are sold around the world. Does anyone seriously think that Nike will have trouble selling “Witness” Tees if he signs with Miami? Heck, does anyone think they would have trouble selling those if he had signed with Memphis? It’s a global age. Games are everywhere, highlights are everywhere and the merchandise is everywhere. Lets stop with the archaic view of the sports landscape.

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He won’t be “the guy” on Miami. Aside from Alex Rodriguez, how many guys come to mind who have willingly moved to another team to share the spotlight when they could have been the face of their own franchise? Basketball fans for years have said that he only cares about himself but here he is reportedly on the verge of going to Miami to share the spotlight with not one but two superstars. How does that make any sense? He’s putting himself into a position where he can win championships for the next couple of years. Would anyone really be surprised to see veterans like Tracy McGrady sign up to play for the NBA minimum in order to win a championship with this group? This is the perfect situation for LeBron. He can sign a short term deal (or a deal with an out clause) and possibly go to the Nets in 3 years when they move to Brooklyn?
I’ve seen people complain about the prime time special on ESPN. Why is anyone shocked by this? ESPN and CBS give National TV time to High Schoolers as they announce where they will be playing their college sports so why can’t one of the biggest faces of sports in the world get the same treatment? It’s not like LeBron is pocketing the money from tonight. The money is going to a great charity. 

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LeBron James will announce decision Thursday 9 PM Eastern

LeBron James will announce who he is signing with on a live prime time special to be aired on ESPN this Thursday at 9 PM Eastern.

Is anyone really surprised by this decision? LeBron James has been trying to build his brand. What better way for him to take even more of the spotlight than to announce his much awaited decision live on ESPN? Now, of course this is the year 2010 and I would expect the decision to be leaked by someone at some point before ESPN goes on the air that night but a made for TV special is right up his alley. I’m honestly surprised that it took up until today for Team LeBron to get him set up on twitter. He joins fellow free agents Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade who have been using social media for a while now. Reports are that advertising revenue (or at least a portion of it) will go to “Boys and Girls Club of America”)

Who will he end up signing with? I’ve thought all along that most likely he would return to Cleveland and take the extra $30 Million. I did mention the other day that if he did leave the Cavaliers he would be joining the Chicago Bulls. At this point I think he’s going back to Cleveland and we’ll see Dwyane Wade return to Miami. Anyone want to take any guesses?

Darren Rovell brings forward an interesting point.

1 hour special creates awkward setting for ESPN reporters. If they have the info, does this mean they can’t break it before?

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