LeBron James The Decision: Three Reasons Why He's Commiting on ESPN

Tony TuckerCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2010

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“The Decision” taking place on ESPN tonight isn’t really a decision at all—James made up his mind a long time ago that if he didn’t win a championship by the time his obligation was up, he would bolt .

I’m not a Cleveland Cavilers fan, but I am a LeBron James fan. My favorite team, the Detroit Pistons, have become an unbearable franchise to watch and now I’m hearing rumors that the man responsible, Joe Dumars might bolt .

I don’t have a problem with James leaving Cleveland. I’m from the Midwest and have been to the state of Ohio, so I don’t blame him at all for heading to a big city.

However, I do have a problem with creating a reality show that in the end I believe, will rip the hearts of the people who’ve loved him the most. I think tonight’s circus will cost him more fans than Tiger Woods' transgressions cost him.

Since I like watching LBJ play ball, I’ve tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I can’t. I have come up with three reasons why he would do it this way and none of them make this situation any better.

Should have gone to College

Everyone and every analyst friend of James talks about how he wishes he could have been recruited and courted by college teams—Carmelo Anthony went to school and won a National Championship—so there is no reason why he couldn’t have done it.

I believe that James has seen these young kids stand in front of a podium with several college team's hats in front of them—pick one of them up to toy with the fans and then drop it—only to pick up another.

The only problem is that we can be happy for that kid who may only get his 15 minutes of fame —he is not guaranteed to get another. James on the other hand, has been the biggest star in sports for about four years and hasn’t accomplished anything beside individual achievements.

Most of the people that I argue with about LeBron, end the argument with, "When he wins a championship, come talk to me." That also has to do with the fact that I live in Los Angeles and argue with a bunch of pompous Lakers fans.

If LBJ wanted to feel this kind of love, then he should have gone to college.

Biggest Fish in South Beach

I honestly believe him being lableed the big fish was a stipulation for James to go to Miami like all of ESPN now thinks he will.

I think that his “Army of Media Morons” told him that he can’t go and play next to two other great players and still prove he's the biggest reason the team is great.

This is one of the biggest parts of tonight’s escape.

Tonight, I now believe that he will say he is going to Miami and this show's purpose is to let everyone know that none of these guys are a bigger or brighter star than King James.

I believe that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh said they would commit first so they could enjoy their moment in the sun. Also, James' people wanted to make sure that he had his own moment to announce so the whole world could hear it.

This is the thought process that I think needs to go away before these guys actually gel and win championships.

Grey Will Feed Him Softballs

It was reported that the decision will be given in the first 10 minutes of the show. This tells me almost undoubtedly that he won’t be returning to Cleveland and wants to make sure that he gets enough time to say he is sorry to the fans of his home state.

Jim Grey was hand picked to ask questions like, "How difficult is it to leave the place where you grew up, became a man, and developed into the beloved figure you are now?"

On the part of James, there will for sure be a dramatic pause and his answer will be, "This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make," possibly even shed a tear or two if he can choke one up.

This isn’t the hardest decision he's ever had to make.

To me it’s quite simple.

James tried to stay, but no one else wanted to come to Cleveland so he chose to leave to a team where he believes he can win a championship.

Sure, he could leave to a situation like New York or Chicago , but if he’s going to leave Miami seems to be the sure route to success.

I would say a solid 25 minutes will be dedicated to him apologizing to Cleveland.

“The Dis-ision”

If he leaves, and I believe he will, this will be the biggest slap in the face in televison history. 

At least when Hillary Clinton found out Bill Clinton was cheating on her, she was the only one who got hurt, and maybe their daughter. 

This is going to be an open-handed smack to the face of every Cavs fan.

In one respect, this could have been handled better for the sake of the fans.

On the other hand, this is the only way to handle it to satisfy James' ego and increase his brand.


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