LeBron James Decision: A False King All Along

Colin McDonoughContributor IJuly 9, 2010

GREENWICH, CT - JULY 08:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) LeBron James attends the LeBron James Pre Decision Meet and Greet on July 8, 2010 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Proceeds from tonight's 2.5 million dollar event will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Estabrook Group)
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King James? No. King without a Ring? Makes sense. How about no king at all, or immature flop?

When LeBron James carried his high school nickname "King James" into the NBA, the expectations were obviously enormous.

LeBron's goal of being the best ever, and surpassing his hero Michael Jordan was printed with the No. 23 on his jersey. He announced this year to change his number to six, and Thursday night, announced he would change the front of his jersey from "Cleveland," to "Miami."

In hopes of no longer being a king without a crown, LeBron went to the neon green pastures of South Beach, to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to win his elusive title.

In the process, he proved once an for all he was never the king of anything.

LeBron makes plays that seem impossible and inhuman. The way he plays the game of basketball makes him look like more than a man. The way he carries himself, especially Thursday night in Greenwich, CT. makes him look nothing more than a spoiled brat.

Although refs don't dare hit James up with technicals, LeBron argues more than any player in the league. At some points, him and his former Cavs teammates will hop up and down like they have just seen a fiery explosion; a despicable display that LeBron held nightly during his first seven seasons. If a call did not go his way he would pout, throw his fist, and rip out his mouthpiece.

A king? More like a selfish kid.

During his final playoff run with the grief-stricken city of Cleveland, LeBron was no match for the driven Boston Celtics. The Celtics played with a team-first attitude, and took no prisoners while upsetting the top seed Cavs.

In Game Five, while holding LeBron to 15 points, the Celts embarrassed Cleveland and then vanquished the Cavs in Game Six at the Garden.

Maybe while walking off the parquet floor two of the last three playoff exits against Boston's Big Three, LeBron figured out the only way he'd win a championship.

Maybe during his listless Game Five performance James was not disinterested with the fact that the Cavs' did not give him enough help. Maybe he finally came to the epiphany that he is not King of the NBA.

LeBron realized he will never be the best player in NBA history. He will never hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy to a hometown crowd at the "Q."

He realized he could not go it alone.

LeBron abandoned his hometown, and humiliated Ohio on national television in a selfish, immature and egotistical way. He will never be able to go home to a city that loved him, while he betrayed the fans of a city starving for hope.

Although, his possie protected him, and ESPN gave him an unnecessary one-hour special to announce his future plans, it only backfired on the false king.

It belittled his hometown and may have finally opened peoples eyes to the fact that "Chosen One" needed the attention one last time before he joined Wade's team in Wade's city.

He chose winning championships, deferring money and possibly the ball to two other teammates over trying to win titles by himself and being the greatest player ever.

No, LeBron should've never been referred to as King James. He failed to deliver Cleveland a championship, and however many he wins in Miami, he must know that it will not give him the same legacy as if he won with the Cavs.

"The Decision" may have been made in the most hoggish and narcissistic way possible, but to join the Heat with the goal of winning championships and conceding the chance to be the best ever, proves he is no king.

What it can prove however, is that he is finally mature.