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Claynus
07-08-2010, 10:06 PM
LOL...gotta love deadspin.

http://deadspin.com/5581889/lebron-james-is-a

Tomorrow is the day LeBron James becomes the most unlikable person in the NBA, and perhaps all of American sports. I used to think he was okay a year ago. No more. He's the villain now.

It doesn't matter where he opts to go. If he goes to Chicago, he's a cocksucker. If he goes to Miami, he's a cocksucker. Even if he goes back to Cleveland, he's a goddamn cocksucker. He's a self-aggrandizing sack of shit, and ESPN is a bunch of pussy-whipped enablers for giving him a free hour of airtime tomorrow night and inevitably using 55 minutes of it to let Stu Scott give him a rimjob.

Look at what Kevin Durant did today. He signed an extension well before he could have filed for free agency, announced the signing, and then went back about his business. He didn't need all this dog-and-pony show bullshit. James does, and that means he's a dipshit. People have been kissing this man's ass SINCE FUCKING MIDDLE SCHOOL, and he still needs this hourlong AFI tribute special? Bullshit. BULLSHIT.

And I don't care that he asked ESPN to use the commercial airtime tomorrow night to go to charity. That's the most transparent use of charity for the sake of self-glorification I've seen since I saw some actor do it yesterday. "Hey ESPN, why don't you spend an hour kissing my ass? Oh, don't worry. We'll give the money to AIDS babies. That totally makes me selfless." No, it doesn't.

And FUCK YOU to ESPN for going along with this "Bonds on Bonds" redux. If an ESPN reporter found concrete proof tomorrow morning that James was going to Cleveland or somewhere else, do you think ESPN would let him run with it? FUCK AND NO. They'd stick him in a fucking Lucite box and throw him in the cellar until 10PM. They're the whoringest whores that have ever whored. I heard they offered LeBron's crew free blowjobs if he wins a title next year. Wilbon asked to blow him JUST A LITTLE BIT. Not much. Just a little bit.

LeBron is now the guy you openly root against. If he leaves Cleveland tomorrow night, he'll have needlessly strung along an entire fanbase and given them the middle finger by making their breakup spectacularly public. If he stays, he'll have spent two years cockteasing the rest of the world about going somewhere else when he probably never wanted to leave Ohio to begin with. There's no end result tomorrow that makes LeBron a sympathetic figure. He's already gone past the point of no return. He's a cocksucker. Fitting that his most memorable career moment will come when he doesn't even take a fucking shot. He's a guy that cares more about the end result of playing basketball – massive, unending adulation – than he does actual basketball.

I don't begrudge him that attitude. I'd be the same way if I were a basketball player. All I'd give a shit about would be what I make and where I'm drinking tonight. And I don't begrudge him the right to play somewhere other than Cleveland. It's Cleveland. It blows. There's nothing to do in that town except masturbate and cry. But there's a normal way of doing things, and there's the dick way of doing things, and making your own free agency a two-year drama capped off with an infomercial directed by Senor Spielbergo falls squarely in the purview of FLAMING FUCKING DICK MOVES. James is trying to bullshit the world into believing this whole process is some great entertainment he's lavishing upon you. It's not. It's a con. Right now, a lot of people aren't buying the shit this man is selling. And really, that's all LeBron James is these days: a fucking salesman.

Gonzo
07-08-2010, 10:17 PM
You gotta wonder who cleveland hates more right now, James or Art Modell.
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Buck
07-08-2010, 10:17 PM
Didn't see the other 1000 post thread dedicated to LeBron on the front page?

CoMoChief
07-08-2010, 10:18 PM
It's true.

And to think.

This is all for someone who's NEVER WON A CHAMPIONSHIP and has a knack for choking in the playoffs.

ChiefsCountry
07-08-2010, 10:18 PM
Didn't see the other 1000 post thread dedicated to LeBron on the front page?

GoChiefs' post whore attention on Chiefs Planet > LeBron's ego

Sure-Oz
07-08-2010, 10:18 PM
This is epic

Gonzo
07-08-2010, 10:19 PM
Oh, and fuck Espn and fuck Stewart Scott.
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KCrockaholic
07-08-2010, 10:23 PM
LeBron is on his way to winning championships. I don't think he gives a shit, who thinks he sucks a penis.

Claynus
07-08-2010, 10:23 PM
You gotta wonder who cleveland hates more right now, James or Art Modell.
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Cleveland is the most cursed sports town of all time.

They get fucked by guys like John Elway.

They get their own Elway...and he tells them to go fuck themselves.

Classic.

Lumpy
07-08-2010, 10:23 PM
Oh, and fuck Espn and fuck Stewart Scott.
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What do you have against the weather guy?

Edit: Oh wait, that's Willard Scott.

http://www.carlcoxphoto.com/images/Willard%20Web.jpg

Gonzo
07-08-2010, 10:28 PM
What do you have against the weather guy?

Edit: Oh wait, that's Willard Scott.

http://www.carlcoxphoto.com/images/Willard%20Web.jpg

Fuck him too. Fuck him with some strawberry preserves in his ass.

Did you know he was one of the original Ronald McDonald's? Fuck you Ronald.
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Halfcan
07-08-2010, 10:30 PM
I have never really liked him-great player-but he is no Jordan

Lumpy
07-08-2010, 10:35 PM
Fuck him too. Fuck him with some strawberry preserves in his ass.

Did you know he was one of the original Ronald McDonald's? Fuck you Ronald.
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http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j275/McLumpy78/Funny%20Stuff/3g6g6g67066g64.gif

Gonzo
07-08-2010, 10:37 PM
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j275/McLumpy78/Funny%20Stuff/3g6g6g67066g64.gif

Oh noes.
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kysirsoze
07-08-2010, 11:40 PM
This article pretty much sums up my feelings. I would kill to see Cleveland win a title before Miami.

TrickyNicky
07-08-2010, 11:47 PM
They liked him last year... sounds like they are jumping from one bandwagon to another.

ClevelandBronco
07-08-2010, 11:50 PM
You gotta wonder who cleveland hates more right now, James or Art Modell.
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They're both businessmen who took care of their own businesses. Not Cleveland's businesses. Their own.

BigMeatballDave
07-08-2010, 11:56 PM
I think the entire city is on suicide watch...

Mr. Flopnuts
07-09-2010, 12:00 AM
I haven't felt this bad for a basketball city since I felt bad for my own.

chiefzilla1501
07-09-2010, 12:03 AM
They're both businessmen who took care of their own businesses. Not Cleveland's businesses. Their own.

Like I said, there are a million Cleveland fans who would have been upset but understanding that he left for what he thought were greener pastures. But to make a public spectacle about leaving when he knew it would be a knife in the back of Cleveland, that was a really, really, really dick move. I used to respect Lebron and would have respected him even after he left.

But the way he left left a really bad taste in a lot of people's mouths. He used to be a national icon. I think the entire country outside of MIami hates him now.

ClevelandBronco
07-09-2010, 12:20 AM
Like I said, there are a million Cleveland fans who would have been upset but understanding that he left for what he thought were greener pastures. But to make a public spectacle about leaving when he knew it would be a knife in the back of Cleveland, that was a really, really, really dick move. I used to respect Lebron and would have respected him even after he left.

But the way he left left a really bad taste in a lot of people's mouths. He used to be a national icon. I think the entire country outside of MIami hates him now.

Sports fans have to be reminded every now and then that they're only replaceable spectators.

Tribal Warfare
07-09-2010, 12:22 AM
Christ!!!! The guy made a decision to go to Miami to win a championship with Wade that he likes and has some continuity with. It was business decision, and some are trying to make it as if he went on a killing spree, and cited that Cleveland had to to blow him first.

RustShack
07-09-2010, 12:41 AM
Fuck you, LeBron James. Fucking fuck you. You can't win unless your on an allstar team and have Wade to pick up your slack when you joke in the playoffs.

Guru
07-09-2010, 01:16 AM
Who the hell is Lebron?

Tiger's Fan
07-09-2010, 05:22 AM
Cowards way out.

The great ones stay the course and make where they are a winner.

suds79
07-09-2010, 06:22 AM
I honestly don't get this new line of thinking by fans and/or media when it comes to basketball players winning championships.

I stated to hear it with Kobe and now it's Lebron.

So those guys get killed if they don't win championships. That's always been there. But now there's the addition that they can't do it with too many other good players.

Kobe? "Well 3 of his were with Shaq"

WTF???

Who cares? Winning is winning. Nobody complains that Magic had Worthy & Kareem. Nobody complains that Bird had Mchale.

Now it's "the easy way out." That take is weak. I commend athletes for putting winning ahead of money.

Is Lebron a glory hog and have his faults? Absolutely. But beyond that, some of these other arguments are weak.

Consistent1
07-09-2010, 06:33 AM
I kind of think it's funny when they talk about the shift of the balance of power in the NBA, and all that shit. Hasn't a team without James won the championship every year he has played? I also think they are far from a lock to just roll into a championship series and take the trophy. He got everything he wanted so far, now we will see about all this title talk. I don't really feel sorry for Cleveland, or anything like that, but James did come out looking dumb. The Heat hats and jerseys should sell well, and fans will forget it fast IF the Heat really do just manage to blow up the league.

Mr. Arrowhead
07-09-2010, 06:53 AM
Christ!!!! The guy made a decision to go to Miami to win a championship with Wade that he likes and has some continuity with. It was business decision, and some are trying to make it as if he went on a killing spree, and cited that Cleveland had to to blow him first.

And really i have no problem with that at all, but does he really have to have a hour long special on prime time TV, I think thats my biggest issue with this whole mess.

Reerun_KC
07-09-2010, 08:24 AM
Cowards way out.

The great ones stay the course and make where they are a winner.

Lets hope now that James, Bosh, Wade and Chalmers can win a ring....

Beasley got traded...

Sofa King
07-09-2010, 08:30 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=adande_ja&page=jalebron-100709

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert went old fashioned, then he got medieval on LeBron James.

Gilbert didn't need his own hour-long televised special to make his point. He sat down at the keyboard the way angry people did it back in the day, then did as much to set the tone of the 2010-11 season as any player move, including you-know-whose. On the night "The Decision" became as painful a part of Cleveland sports history as "The Drive," "The Shot" and "The Fumble," northeast Ohio sports fans finally got a two-word title they can associate with victory.

The Letter.

Gilbert unloaded on LeBron. Smacked him with every keystroke. He called the Cavaliers' "former hero" (Gilbert's words) "narcissistic" and "cowardly" and ripped his "shameful display of selfishness and betrayal" and labeled James' decision to flee the banks of Lake Erie for the suddenly star-filled shores of South Beach a "shocking act of disloyalty," a "heartless and callous" action.

Oh, and in case Gilbert didn't make his feelings clear enough, he told an Associated Press reporter that James quit during the playoffs.

Gilbert torched LeBron, like one of those James No. 23 jerseys burning in the streets of Cleveland. LeBron lost the night he tried to sculpt as his own with the unprecedented show he used as the vehicle to announce his long-awaited free-agency decision, the one that confirmed earlier reports he'd be joining the Miami Heat.

Oh, he and Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade and the Heat are the winners of the free-agency frenzy. They managed to assemble the three most desirable players on the market in one place. They've got a two-time MVP, a Finals MVP and an All-Star. That's just about all they've got right now, but it's the type of foundation you need to win multiple championships, something akin to the draft lotteries that brought Tim Duncan and David Robinson to San Antonio, or Jerry West's wizardry that brought Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant to the Lakers.

But LeBron lost something in the process. James had alienated so many fans with the way he had representatives of six teams trek to Cleveland to play out the entire process, even though, as one of the general managers said, "We knew only two or three teams had a chance to get these guys." He lost even more people by choosing to announce his decision on ESPN in an elaborate show. How could any non-Heat fan watch this thing play out and think, "I wanna root for this guy?"

Sports like to see talent flow strictly to leagues' glamour cities. Most fans didn't even see Bosh play that much while he was in Toronto, but they won't like him, either. Just because he's part of this.

Everyone's going to want to beat "that team down there" as Chicago Bulls big man and LeBron antagonist Joakim Noah called the Heat, unwilling to even say the name. "It's gonna be real Hollywood down there."

Could it be possible that Cavs fans are actually sharing the same sentiments as Noah, who trashed the city of Cleveland repeatedly during the teams' first-round playoff series? That has to be the way they're feeling now. LeBron's gone Hollywood (even if he's physically closer to Hollywood, Fla.).

The funny thing is how Cleveland people still claim Drew Carey and Halle Berry as their own, even though they left for Hollywood. But LeBron? Done.

It speaks to the unnatural, proprietary feelings fans have about their players, that just because they wear their town's jersey they forfeit all of their rights. LeBron is free to go wherever he wants, whatever suits him best. Just because he's always lived in Akron and Cleveland doesn't mean he should always stay there. Everyone leaves home sometime, even if it's only for college. Athletes have an even smaller window than the rest of us. He has perhaps 10 more years to be one of the elite basketball players in the world, and he has a mandate to win championships if he wants to be included in the discussion of the game's all-time greats. It was apparent that wasn't going to happen in Cleveland.

People want loyalty, as if that's going to cover things. Just imagine if LeBron spent an entire, title-free career in Cleveland. In 25 years, when the greats are gathered for a tribute to the all-time legends, the chatter could go like this:

"Hey, it's Tim Duncan, four-time champion."
"Look, it's Kobe, wearing all five of his rings."
"There's LeBron ... he was ... loyal."
Awkward silence.
"Have you seen KG?"


Don't ask James to be loyal if you won't grant him an exception to the ring rule. (As in Jordan, Magic and Bird on one side of the tee at the charity golf tournament, Ewing, Barkley and Malone on the other).

But it's not too much to ask him to be respectful on the way out. In this case promotion took precedence over protocol. He strung everyone along, tried to build the drama at the expense of the common courtesy of notifying teams of his plans so they could get about constructing their teams.

Everyone associated with this looks bad.

We in the media looked bad because sources we trusted kept changing their opinion, and none of those sources was James himself. Even he probably changed his opinion. The public -- not just sports fans -- that got drawn into it were suckers, too. I've had so many "where's LeBron going?" texts from people who haven't bothered to ask me a single other question in months that I just stopped answering. I also stopped because I didn't have a firm answer. No one did. We got sent on a wild ride with a constantly shifting destination.

We got played, but in reality the people in James' camp played themselves. They came off as disrespectful not just to Cleveland, but to New York, Chicago, New Jersey and especially the Los Angeles Clippers (who had nothing more than frequent flier miles to show for their trip to Cleveland).

They were brought in, then shut out as the process entered its final hours. And the boss who had tailored his franchise to LeBron's every whim, whether it be granting his wishes to let members of his circle fly on the team charter or sit behind the bench, or whatever suited the star player, wasn't repaid with a little courtesy on the way out.

Of course, James had already given Gilbert plenty. Gilbert was repaid nightly in the form of fans occupying every seat in Quicken Loans Arena. According to Forbes, the franchise's value increased by $100 million during Gilbert's ownership -- and you know that wasn't because of Boobie Gibson.

So yes, Gilbert was being petulant when he posted that letter on the Cavaliers' website in cartoonish script. But he was expressing the feeling of all the Cleveland fans -- and a number of non-invested observers who were put off by James' whole display.

And he was firing the first shot of next season and beyond. He guaranteed the Cavaliers would win a championship before LeBron does.

LeBron's just ramped up. Now it's not just a quest for a championship, it's a race. He got called out by the man who used to sign his checks.

Gilbert is leading the anti-LeBron brigade, which after Thursday night is the largest sub-group of the National Basketball Association.

Groves
07-09-2010, 09:55 AM
Cleveland will survive. It's still got payphones.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmLA5TqbIY

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DJ's left nut
07-09-2010, 10:03 AM
I honestly don't get this new line of thinking by fans and/or media when it comes to basketball players winning championships.

I stated to hear it with Kobe and now it's Lebron.

So those guys get killed if they don't win championships. That's always been there. But now there's the addition that they can't do it with too many other good players.

Kobe? "Well 3 of his were with Shaq"

WTF???

Who cares? Winning is winning. Nobody complains that Magic had Worthy & Kareem. Nobody complains that Bird had Mchale.

Now it's "the easy way out." That take is weak. I commend athletes for putting winning ahead of money.

Is Lebron a glory hog and have his faults? Absolutely. But beyond that, some of these other arguments are weak.

But everyone snickered at Barkley going to Houston. Everyone snickered at Malone going to LA.

Ring chasing has always been frowned upon. Sure, Magic had help, but the Lakers were always his squad. Bird, Thomas, Jordan, Duncan...all had help but none of them bailed on their squad to go ride shotgun with some buddies elsewhere. They knew they were good enough to get to the top of the mountain where ever they were.

James took the chickenshit way out. And make no mistake, this wasn't James being concerned with winning, this was James being concerned with being branded a loser. The difference is pretty stark. He cares less about being a winner than he does about people questioning him when he doesn't win.

If he cared about being a winner, he'd have a turnaround jumper right now. He'd have a post game. He'd have spent the last 7 years developing his game. But he hasn't done that, he's spent the last 7 years developing 'his brand...'

He's hiding behind the winning tag, but this was all about deflecting pressure so he can focus on being 'The Global Icon'.

Reaper16
07-09-2010, 10:25 AM
This is the best article on last night's debacle. This is great stuff:


They ended up with that split-screen of the King’s jersey burned live on his infomercial, as this sad, lost robot sat in a leafy suburban gymnasium with children as props and the world watching, those empty eyes masking a lost, dazed LeBron James (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3704/;_ylt=AgwTffr0POb69umjtsDTdhvTjdIF)(notes) (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3704/news;_ylt=AibVh0rEeDKvPjAsUF.rHeLTjdIF). This was the champagne shower for the Championship of Me, an exercise in self-aggrandizement and self-loathing that will have far-reaching implications for the NBA and James. What a spectacle, what a train wreck.

As the worst idea in the history of marketing unfolded, James looked trapped somewhere between despondence and defiance. His bumbling buddy Maverick Carter had walked him into the public execution of his legacy, his image, and there was a part of James that clearly wished he could turn back through the doors and hide. Only, it was too late. No going back now. James goes to the Miami Heat (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/teams/mia/;_ylt=AmisrLIgglZPDeoj9x0MvPPTjdIF), Cleveland goes into a basketball Hades and LeBron’s legacy becomes that of a callous carpetbagger.
“His brand is [bleep] now,” one high-level NBA official said late Thursday. “He’s destroyed everything.”

The Championship of Me became the Championship of Flee, because LeBron James doesn’t believe he can be the centerpiece of a title team. He needed Dwayne Wade, a closer, far more than Wade needed him.
Yes, he’s ruined everything. What a wonderful idea: Divorce your childhood sweetheart on national television and tell her, hey, I’ll let you keep the “We are all Witnesses” billboards lording over downtown Cleveland.
“I’m taking my talents to South Beach,” James said, and it was like time stopped because – even for him – this was a moment so devoid of reality and free of concern of consequences. South Beach? He wasn’t picking a basketball team as much as a party. He’s 25 years old, and yet somehow this felt like a cloistered teenager picking a party school for college.
Yes, James will take his talent to South Beach and leave his soul in Cleveland. His hometown won’t hate him as much for leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/teams/cle/;_ylt=AsqdiRsZ3m1lrTwOOJkRytHTjdIF) as for the way he left them. Leaving never would’ve been easy, but he went out of his way to humiliate them. LeBron James can never go home now. He’s the Browns leaving town, The Fumble, The Shot, all rolled into one colossal disappointment.

Now, Clevelanders truly see it for themselves: He was a fan of the Cowboys, the Yankees – never the Browns and Indians. He was a frontrunner, and he just made the most frontrunner move in the history of the NBA. Off to Miami with Riles, D-Wade and Chris Bosh (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3707/;_ylt=AuZVu5W6tC8xDMPCZ982Vh7TjdIF)(notes) (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3707/news;_ylt=AnE1n3YWd172CU1bhWRUI3bTjdIF).
New York would’ve been hard, and maybe Cleveland would’ve been the hardest. With those state tax laws in Florida, he isn’t taking less money with the Heat. He’s just taking less risk and less burden in his championship chase.

“This whole idea that he makes his own decisions, that [bleep] went out the window with this,” one NBA executive said. “Someday, he’s going to look back at this and not believe that he let those kids at LRMR talk him into doing this. This idea that he’s his own man … Come on, he’s a follower. And he’s following all the way to Miami now.”

This was the train rolling down the tracks from miles and miles away, and James never saw it coming. He should lose his obsession to become the richest athlete ever, because the people surrounding LeBron James are much more likely to leave him broke than a billionaire. Someday, he will fire his business manager Maverick Carter for turning the two-time MVP’s free-agent moment into Geraldo and Al Capone’s vault. Carter used the cover of charity for a historically horrible event and completely destroyed the credibility of his client.

So now people are cheering Dan Gilbert’s manifesto tearing apart James (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AgC.hGNunttBWwxpKkOjelDTjdIF?slug=ys-gilbertletter070810), but no one contributed more to what the world witnessed on Thursday night than the owner’s enabling of James and his inner circle for seven years. Gilbert is the biggest con going, a man who makes his fortune peddling mortgages, and he’ll make his next on casinos in downtown Cleveland. He sells illusions for a living, and now he’s selling the biggest of all: that he’s a victim here, that James betrayed everyone. That’s a lie, and no one ought to dare buy it.

Everyone searching for a scapegoat here – Mike Brown, Danny Ferry, Delonte West (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3841/;_ylt=AkZ49G1jBXmxf07r21DEil3TjdIF)(notes) (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3841/news;_ylt=AjJZW32IVMglFEvbe_vtFh7TjdIF) – well, just understand that it was the man screaming loudest with LeBron out the door, the man most determined to deflect blame onto him now.

Now, Gilbert is the tough guy with James leaving the Cavs behind? Listen, Ferry and Brown always warned Gilbert that giving James everything he wanted – giving it when and where and how – wouldn’t be the way they would keep him. LeBron didn’t respect them because they never demanded it.

Gilbert always believed he should do everything James wanted – hire his buddies into jobs, throw them on summer-league rosters, allow him to do those stupid pregame choreographed dances – that James would love him, that he would never leave. Only, James is a taker, and he took and took until he had bled Gilbert and that franchise to the bone.

So now, Gilbert unleashes the most revisionist and self-serving screed that a scorned owner’s ever done. Gilbert is a bully and a baby. As much as James, Gilbert revealed himself, too. He asked for this humiliation and deserves it. Only those fans in Cleveland don’t deserve this. They were loyal, true, and ultimately they must know Gilbert lashed out to make James the villain for a most self-serving reason: to avoid the blame himself. Damn right James quit on the Cavaliers in that playoff series, but that was because Gilbert was always there to make it easy for him. All those times Ferry and Brown warned the owner they had to make stands with James, that they had to force him to have some level of respect within that organization or there would be an ultimate price to pay.

And here it came on Thursday night, in this bizarre, sad set-up that turned LeBron James into a caricature. His puppet seems more human than him. Listen, James’ people tried to leak this story to soften the blow on Cleveland, but here was the problem: He’s so insincere, and they’re so over their heads, that most of us were uneasy with believing what they were selling in the hours leading up to Jim Gray holding everyone hostage. There had to be an agenda, a bait-and-switch, and yet source after source within LeBron’s world insisted: He’s leaving. He wants out. They had been doing this for weeks, even months. So, armed with that knowledge, why would they ever stage this event to rub it in the face of James’ hometown? Lots of stars have moved on, but never one that had such a unique history with a town, a city, a franchise.

We kept writing it with qualifiers because deep down a lot of us doubted his courage to leave that cocoon. He would make Cleveland feel like it had lost him, and then swoop back into town and be celebrated all over again. Only, LeBron’s people were telling the truth. He was gone. He was always gone. He never considered staying, and that’s the most frightening part of all.

For the hand-wringing out of Gilbert and James’ apologists who protected him – and who would still be protecting him had he simply said, “Cleveland,” on Thursday night – they need to stop with this nonsense that somehow LeBron James has transformed into someone else. This is him, and it’s always been him. He’s a creation of our times, of an industry and system that wants to manufacture the next M.J. at the expense of a young man having a sense of himself.

So there was LeBron James, the MVP, the man of the hour, sitting in the middle of his own “Truman Show” on Thursday night. His personal network ran his commercials and celebrated his greatness and let him hijack a platform to build his brand and break hearts. He can never go home again now, and he can never completely rebuild what he let his cast of buddies talk him into losing that night. He’s taking his talents to South Beach, and the kid going away for the first time will have some party down there. After all these years, it was clear he had been coddled and protected and ultimately prepared to do one thing: Take the easy way out. Wherever he was going, he looked conflicted, lost and completely confused.

What a spectacle, what a train wreck.

What a shame.

Cave Johnson
07-09-2010, 10:36 AM
Our economy's based on LeBron James.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzgAjjuqZM

Cave Johnson
07-09-2010, 10:38 AM
“His brand is [bleep] now,” one high-level NBA official said late Thursday. “He’s destroyed everything.”

You don't say, unnamed NBA exec, you don't say.

Sweet Daddy Hate
07-09-2010, 10:49 AM
Fuck him too. Fuck him with some strawberry preserves in his ass.

Did you know he was one of the original Ronald McDonald's? Fuck you Ronald.
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ROFL:clap:

Cave Johnson
07-09-2010, 10:54 AM
**** him too. **** him with some strawberry preserves in his ass.

Did you know he was one of the original Ronald McDonald's? **** you Ronald.
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Not the good Bonne Maman shit either. That clown deserves a rectally-induced diabetic coma from corn syrup-laden Smuckers.

KCrockaholic
07-09-2010, 11:13 AM
I kind of think it's funny when they talk about the shift of the balance of power in the NBA, and all that shit. Hasn't a team without James won the championship every year he has played? I also think they are far from a lock to just roll into a championship series and take the trophy. He got everything he wanted so far, now we will see about all this title talk. I don't really feel sorry for Cleveland, or anything like that, but James did come out looking dumb. The Heat hats and jerseys should sell well, and fans will forget it fast IF the Heat really do just manage to blow up the league.

The Heat didn't just get LeBron.....They got Wade, Bosh and LeBron....So yeah, the power has shifted faaar to the Miami side.

RustShack
07-09-2010, 11:17 AM
I kind of think it's funny when they talk about the shift of the balance of power in the NBA, and all that shit. Hasn't a team without James won the championship every year he has played? I also think they are far from a lock to just roll into a championship series and take the trophy. He got everything he wanted so far, now we will see about all this title talk. I don't really feel sorry for Cleveland, or anything like that, but James did come out looking dumb. The Heat hats and jerseys should sell well, and fans will forget it fast IF the Heat really do just manage to blow up the league.

Are you stupid? Do you realize the Heat has a superstar player in Dwayne Wade? Something he didn't have in Cleveland. Do you realize they also have Bosh? Who is also one of the top players in the NBA. You do realize its a team sport right? James couldn't win it on his own, now he isn't on his own.

KCrockaholic
07-09-2010, 11:20 AM
Are you stupid? Do you realize the Heat has a superstar player in Dwayne Wade? Something he didn't have in Cleveland. Do you realize they also have Bosh? Who is also one of the top players in the NBA. You do realize its a team sport right? James couldn't win it on his own, now he isn't on his own.

He's mine. I got him first! :p

DJ's left nut
07-09-2010, 11:24 AM
The Heat didn't just get LeBron.....They got Wade, Bosh and LeBron....So yeah, the power has shifted faaar to the Miami side.

They already had Wade and they weren't terribly good with him.

Bosh really isn't that great, fellas. He's good at accumulating stats on a losing team, but look at how this guy plays in big games. He's a follower, a Lamar Odom with bigger biceps.

And yes, LeBron was a huge get for them because they have Wade to mask LeBron's yellow streak. So I'll concede that point - Yeah, it's a big deal.

At the same time, the Lakers with a healthy Bynum are still a better squad.

Kobe > LeBron
Gasol < Wade
Bynum > Bosh
Odom > Miller (though I still don't see him signing, we'll see)
Blake > Chalmers

Obviously it's not a perfect comparison, but the Lakers are also built a little better, IMO.

Look at all the length inside for LA that the Heat still won't be able to deal with very well. Hell, play a matchup zone against the Heat and I wonder if they have the perimeter game to beat you. Bynum is a very physical defender and excellent rebounder. Gasol is a great help defender (not a good man defender) and another very good rebounder.

The Lakers actually have a bunch of parts that complement each other very well. The Heat have 3 All-Stars that all require the ball in their hands to be effective.

Balances of power don't just 'shift', they have to be taken away. The 2-time defending champions (and 3 time defending Western Conference Champions) still hold the power in the NBA.

KCrockaholic
07-09-2010, 11:27 AM
The Miami Heat will be fine. And just saying Kobe is better than LeBron does no good. It's a huge argument, but that is a push IMO.

RustShack
07-09-2010, 11:31 AM
Besides the fact that Kobe isn't better than LeBron anymore, I think people are still forgetting LeBron and Wade aren't on their own anymore. Who cares if they couldn't do it alone, they aren't alone anymore. When Wade had another top player, he won a Championship.

DJ's left nut
07-09-2010, 11:36 AM
Besides the fact that Kobe isn't better than LeBron anymore, I think people are still forgetting LeBron and Wade aren't on their own anymore. Who cares if they couldn't do it alone, they aren't alone anymore. When Wade had another top player, he won a Championship.

So adding Wade suddenly gives LeBron a mid-range and/or post game?

Oh wait, it doesn't do any of those things.

Did somebody miss the playoffs or are they just clinging to the ESPN myth of LeBron James as God's Gift to Basketball?

Wake me when he can hit a 15 footer or play with his back to the basket.

ArrowheadHawk
07-09-2010, 11:43 AM
So adding Wade suddenly gives LeBron a mid-range and/or post game?

Oh wait, it doesn't do any of those things.

Did somebody miss the playoffs or are they just clinging to the ESPN myth of LeBron James as God's Gift to Basketball?

Wake me when he can hit a 15 footer or play with his back to the basket.Keep fucking doubting the King.

Swanman
07-09-2010, 11:44 AM
Besides the fact that Kobe isn't better than LeBron anymore, I think people are still forgetting LeBron and Wade aren't on their own anymore. Who cares if they couldn't do it alone, they aren't alone anymore. When Wade had another top player, he won a Championship.

It also helped that in the finals that year every time someone looked menacingly at Wade, there was a foul called.

DJ's left nut
07-09-2010, 12:07 PM
Keep ****ing doubting the King.

You are such a Goddamn tool.

You deserve that frontrunning bitch.

DJ's left nut
07-09-2010, 12:08 PM
It also helped that in the finals that year every time someone looked menacingly at Wade, there was a foul called.

I thought about that last night - can you imagine how unwatchable some of these games are going to be?

You can't look sideways at Wade without a foul being called. James gets similar treatment. Then with this "Miami Thrice" thing hanging around, you know Bosh is going to get calls by association.

Gonna be a lot of whistles blowing in Heat games.

RustShack
07-09-2010, 12:12 PM
Yeah, someone whos only 25 and is already a two time MVP sucks. Your an idiot. And your still forgetting that hes not the only guy on the team. They have two other starters from our Olympic gold medal team. These three guys aren't the same exact type of player playing the same position... they all bring something to the table. They will open it up for the other two guys on the court to really step up to. James and Wade both need double to triple teamed almost anytime they touch the ball.

L.A. Chieffan
07-09-2010, 12:13 PM
lol, everybody on espn now saying kobe is more popular than leFraud and now leFraud is the villian.

even skip of all people!

kstater
07-09-2010, 12:16 PM
These three guys aren't the same exact type of player playing the same position... .


Actually Wade and Lebron are the exact same type of player that do the exact same thing on the court.

Sofa King
07-09-2010, 12:17 PM
http://www.sneakerfiles.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/on-court-kobe-bryant-vs-lebron-james-4.jpg


http://i26.tinypic.com/t0npxs.jpg


http://www.faniq.com/images/blog/0172e714e1e62f5c8bba8d2ff49a91e5.jpg

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g247/beccasmhs/Other/kobe-artest.jpg

WTF^

DJ's left nut
07-09-2010, 12:22 PM
Yeah, someone whos only 25 and is already a two time MVP sucks. Your an idiot. And your still forgetting that hes not the only guy on the team. They have two other starters from our Olympic gold medal team. These three guys aren't the same exact type of player playing the same position... they all bring something to the table. They will open it up for the other two guys on the court to really step up to. James and Wade both need double to triple teamed almost anytime they touch the ball.

So you're either illiterate or just not very bright. (Tip: Next time, use the correct form of "You're" when calling someone an idiot. At the very least, use the proper CP form of it).

At no point did I say he sucked. In fact, I've said the opposite on numerous occasions.

However, you're dead ass wrong about the game they play. Wade and LeBron play exactly the same game. LeBron plays it with power where Wade plays it with finesse, but they both need the ball in their hands to do it and they will both tend to occupy the same places on the court. That team is going to have a very difficult time maintaining proper spacing to run an effective offense.

I'm absolutely certain you don't understand enough about the nuance of the game (you probably just watch Sportscenter for the super awesome dunk highlights), so this concept has just gone screaming right over your head. However, take it from a grown up, it's absolutely true.

ClevelandBronco
07-09-2010, 12:33 PM
Caveat: I have no idea whether this is true. I'm unfamiliar with the website and there is a pretty glaring typo, so for all I know it's as much of an amateur operation as WPI.

LeBron James Fat Head - Drastically Reduced

Have you been waiting to get your very own LeBron James Fat Head? Now's the time, especially if you want him in a Cavaliers uniform.

Fat Head is offering a drastic discount on the removable wall graphics featuring James about to deliver a slam dunk. The price? $17.41. The reason? That's the year Benedict Arnold was born.

Oh yea, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert owns Fat Head.

http://www.fearthesword.com/2010/7/9/1561183/lebron-james-fat-head-drastically?ref=yahoo

kstater
07-09-2010, 12:41 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/lebron-james-chasing-celebrity-not-championships-070910

This was Tiger Woods II, a wounded child star revealing the toll of celebrity and brand-building on his character, decision-making and self-awareness.
As of right now, we have no clue if we’ll ever again see the old Tiger Woods, the ruthless, lethal golfer eclipsing Jack Nicklaus. Thanksgiving ’09 damaged that Tiger.

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The Summer of ’10 may have done irreparable damage to LeBron James (http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/player/lebron-james/139949).
Thursday night, his LeBrontourage and ESPN enablers dressed him in a clown suit, topped it with a black hat and turned him into a buffoonish laughingstock and villain.
Will he recover?
For seven years, James seemed to delight in, court and fuel himself with universal adoration and respect. It’s gone now, and it’s not coming back. He’s a hero in Miami, a coward in New York, a spoiled, narcissistic punk most everywhere else and Black Modell in Ohio.
Cavs fans burned his jersey in the streets. Police protected his house in Akron and a giant “Witness” banner in downtown Cleveland.
Cavaliers (http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/team/cleveland-cavaliers/71079) owner Dan Gilbert eviscerated LeBron’s reputation, telling the Associated Press that James quit in the playoffs, wouldn’t return phone calls or text messages for more than a month and described James’ televised reality-show exit self-promotional and cowardly.
Maybe LeBron wants to be the NBA’s Bad Boy, a mix of Allen Iverson, Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer. Maybe the venom directed LeBron’s way will motivate him, mature his competitive focus.
Or maybe he’ll melt.
Tiger looks guilt-ridden and less confident since his flaws were exposed, since his initial prisoner-of-war press conference turned him into Jay Leno and David Letterman fodder.

http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/07/07/730_20100707164220_202_97.JPG (http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/page/LeBron-James-free-agency-watch-summer-2010)
The Summer of LeBron will continue on South Beach. He picks Miami.



“The Decision,” LeBron’s emotion-free, lovemaking session with Jim Gray, Stu Scott, Mike Wilbon, Jon Barry and Chris Broussard, is something sports fans will never forget.
It was America’s first all-male, PG-13 celebrity sex tape.
The problem is, LeBron’s handlers failed to warn him that sex tapes enhance the careers of female celebrities. The men, unless strapped like Tommy Lee and performing opposite Pamela Anderson, don’t get much bounce or they’re ridiculed.
“I wanted to do what was best for LeBron James,” King James told Wilbon. “What LeBron James was going to do to make him happy.”
Yep, his most memorable speaking line from LeDecision was delivered in third person. He’s a joke, and only the insanely dishonest will defend his performance and the decision to host LeBron-apalooza.
LeBron and Maverick Carter, the King’s right-hand man, actually thought a $2.5 million check to the Boys and Girls Club and online scholarships to the University of Phoenix would clean up this mess, would ease the pain in his hometown.
Can LeBron handle the mental abuse he’s about to endure? Will being reviled energize him the way being revered did?
You can’t effectively fly insulting banners over NBA arenas, but you sure as hell can heckle and taunt with signs. The abuse some would like to heap on Tiger Woods on the golf course, they’ll be free to unload on the new, tattooed poster child for athletic self-indulgence and narcissism.
Tiger operates in a PGA-fortified cocoon. LeBron works in the NBA’s boiling pot, ground zero for the culture war between hip-hop values and corporate sponsorship.
He’s a target now. The preening and dancing and powder-throwing have a stench, a B.O., as in Bron Owens, the NBA’s Terrell Owens.


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Where was Nike? Why didn’t Phil Knight put a stop to this, get James to comprehend the risks?
No one cares about LeBron giving the advertising dollars from “The Decision” to the Boys and Girls Club. James would’ve been better served cutting a personal check to a Cleveland/Akron charity and informing the Cavs he was leaving immediately after the playoffs.
It appears Dan Gilbert is irate because he realizes LeBron made LeDecision long ago. This whole spectacle was a gigantic tease, a charade. The Cavs‘ offseason approach (draft, free agency, Mike Brown, Danny Ferry) might have been dramatically different had the organization known from the get-go James was leaving.
LeBron owed Gilbert and Cavs fans a heads-up.
“I wanted to do what was best for LeBron James,” he said. “What LeBron James was going to do to make him happy.”
When James announced his decision, he didn’t say he was joining Dwyane Wade (http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/player/dwyane-wade/140995), Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat (http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/team/miami-heat/71088). LeBron said he was going to South Beach.
He’s Tiger Woods, chasing a childhood celebrity stole. LeBrand, Maverick, Drama and Turtle are headed to South Beach to party with D.Wade and CB4.
There’ll be more new baby-mamas than championships.
E-mail Jason (BallState0@aol.com) or follow him on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/whitlockjason). Media requests for Mr. Whitlock should be directed to Fox Sports PR (robert.broderick@fox.com).

DeezNutz
07-09-2010, 12:46 PM
LeBron had to quit because of his French name.

Sweet Daddy Hate
07-09-2010, 01:34 PM
LeBron had to quit because of his French name.

LMAO

At this point, I would just like to remind everyone that if you haven't turned to the west, knelt in supplication, and begun your prayers to the Prophet Bryant; your heads will be cut off before sundown.

Infidels.

Thx! :thumb: