LeBron James: Top Five Ways This Decision Will Impact His Legacy

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LeBron James: Top Five Ways This Decision Will Impact His Legacy

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. LeBron James will be taking his considerable basketball abilities to Miami to play with buddies Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

And so ends the most dramatic portion of the biggest free agency period in professional sports history. Its ending signals the beginning of many new stories; basketball in Cleveland may be ruined, the basketball landscape (outside of the dominating Lakers) has shifted dramatically, and James has made a major decision in his future legacy.

James is likely the most physically gifted athlete in U.S. sports history. He is probably the biggest name in basketball since Shaquille O'Neal in the early 2000s. He is the only player that most agree has the ability to surpass the accomplishments of Michael Jordan. When bringing all of this into account, LeBron's decision becomes all the more monumental.

Many great players have had to make legacy decisions. For Kobe Bryant, it was 2004. He had the chance to go to the L.A. Clippers, the Chicago Bulls, or any other team of his choosing. He and the Lakers made the decision to stay together. In 1996, Shaquille O'Neal decided to abandon a talented Orlando Magic franchise in favor of the Lakers.

Each of these major decisions obviously worked out for the individual players, enhancing their legacies and catapulting them into top 10 all-time status.

Only time can truly tell how LeBron's "Decison" shapes his legacy. Will it be remembered fondly outside of Cleveland (where it won't be no matter what), or will it be viewed as the downfall of a legend?

The clock has officially begun to tick on the career of LeBron James. He has made his last major career move. By the time he has another chance to switch teams, his talents will be diminishing. These next few years will shape the eternal legacy of James.

He has made his decision; now, it is time for basketball fans and experts everywhere to make their decisions about him. Can he be the greatest ever in Miami? Or is he destined to labor through a Dominique Wilkins career of highlights without titles?

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