Decision 2010: LeBron James Is a LeClown!

Thomas ConroyCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2010

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. James announced during a live broadcast on ESPN that he will play for the Miami Heat next season.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Estabrook Group)
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The King has spoken…and his new kingdom will be in South Beach next season.

One question remains. Where is your competitive fire?

Why choose to play second fiddle when you were the main attraction in the NBA? Wouldn’t it add to your legacy if you led a franchise to a championship?

If any titles are won in Miami, they will belong to Dwayne Wade, as he is firmly established as the leader of the Miami Heat, and LeBron James is simply an added piece to the puzzle.

Great athletes in the prime of their careers never accept secondary roles with their competitors. No, it’s a bigger challenge to defeat them for that elusive title.

The media has to stop comparing James to Michael Jordan, because he lacks one characteristic that separates them for eternity—the inner passion to win at all cost.

Jordan was the show, and he could care less if you loved him or hated him. He wanted multiple titles and would cut the heart out of anyone that stood in the way of his goal. Down 0-2 to the New York Knicks in the 1993 playoffs, Jordan averaged 32.5 points (including a 54-point effort in Game Four) in four straight wins and led the Chicago Bulls to a stunning series victory over their chief-rivals. No obstacle was too high for him to grab the ultimate prize.

Unfortunately, LeBron's biggest moments under the spotlight have been disappointing. He acted like a spoiled brat in the Cleveland Cavaliers 2009 playoff loss to the Orlando Magic, as James left the court without congratulating them on their victory.

And this year, he committed the ultimate sin in sports: quitting on your team. James appeared uninterested in competing against the Boston Celtics in a 32-point Game Five loss. His postgame comments were almost clairvoyant, as LeBron felt he “spoiled” the Cleveland faithful with his play over the last seven seasons.

This LeBron-a-thon free agency circus represents much of what is so obnoxious and shallow in sports today. I’m not looking for some loyalty because that has left building a long time ago, but show some compassion and decency in announcing your decision to leave. Don’t show up to the prom with your new date without at least breaking up with your girlfriend. LeBron needed to say goodbye to Cleveland in a face-to-face meeting before heading off to South Beach.

Case closed.