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We Remember: LeBron James Left the Cavaliers on 'The Decision' 4 Years Ago Today

GREENWICH, CT - JULY 08:  LeBron James and ESPN's Jim Gray speak at the LeBron James announcement of his future NBA plans at the  Boys & Girls Club of America on July 8, 2010 in Greenwich, Connecticut.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Estabrook Group)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2014

On July 8, 2010, LeBron James made a decision that impacted his legacy and changed the landscape of the NBA.

After spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, James announced on ESPN's The Decision that he would be "taking his talents to South Beach."

That was only the beginning of things to come. The Decision led to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's infamous letter. Miami held a very memorable pep rally to celebrate the signings of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

In the four years of the Big Three era, the Heat went to four straight NBA Finals and won two championships. James won two NBA Most Valuable Player awards and two NBA Finals MVP awards as a member of the Heat.

Cleveland, on the other hand, couldn't back up its owner's guarantee of winning a championship before James. The Cavaliers won the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft in three of the four years after James left town.

Four years later, James is back on the market. Don't expect him to do The Decision this time around.

[The Associated Press]

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