In the hours following LeBron James announcement last night to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat, there have been a wide range of reactions and emotions from just about every sports fan across the country.
Some say that he is just doing what is best for him, but can you really respect a guy that is looking for an extremely easy way to his first championship?
Others call him egotistical and a person who garners no respect by putting Cleveland through an unprecedented one-hour special on network TV to find out that he was betraying his hometown.
No matter which way you look at it (except if you are a Heat fan), LeBron comes out as the bad guy in this situation. Could he have avoided all of the hate that is going to be thrown his way in coming years? The simple answer is yes.
What LeBron did wrong
First of all, I believe that all three of these guys have known what they wanted to do for the past couple of months, but decided to play it all out to get some more exposure.
However, LeBron, Wade, and Bosh all felt the need to have the spotlight on them for a while, so they decided to put multiple cities through torture while they "mulled over their decisions."
All this hoopla could have been avoided if these players weren't so obsessed with their egos.
Some say LeBron got what he wanted out of this crazy free agency week, so you can't blame him for trying to improve his brand. But when you look back at this week, there isn't much argument to the fact that he has done much more bad than good for his image throughout this process.
Another thing LeBron could have done differently is saying no to the one-hour decision special on ESPN.
Nearly everyone who has an opinion on that decision believes that it was an egotistical and narcissistic move by LeBron, which cast him as the villain in this whole ordeal. Yes, everyone wanted to know where he was going, but he did not have to go to these lengths to milk this time for all it was worth.
I would argue that LeBron made all the wrong moves this off-season, including his decision to sign with the Heat, but that's another article.
For his sake, hopefully people forget about this summer of LeBron and just focus on what he does on the basketball court so his image can be repaired, but that could be asking for too much.
Look at it this way. Even if he somehow wins seven titles with this super team in South Beach, he will probably never be in the discussion of greatest players ever because he couldn't win them on his own.
LeBron had a great opportunity this summer to set up a good future for himself as a leader on a championship type team, but he ruined his image and tarnished his future accomplishments in the NBA by taking the easy way out.
Hopefully he learns from his mistakes.