LeBron James: He Never Wanted To Be Great

Amin LittlejohnContributor IJuly 10, 2010

MIAMI - JULY 09:  LeBron James #6, of the Miami Heat smiles during a press conference after a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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To start off i first want to say I in no way shape or form hate Lebron for leaving. Now the way he went about it is a different story for a different time.

The evidence of him not wanting to be Great was there all along. Not to diminish his talent he is one of the most talented to players ever.

He himself never stated he wanted to go down as the greatest ever. The media and fans just automatically were under the perception he wanted to be the greatest.

All along he stated all he wanted to do was win. He never wanted the pressure of taking the last shot for his team the burden was placed upon him and he accepted it unwillingly.

He deferred to his teammates on several occasion's early on his career for game winning shots we should have known then. Now that is what a team player would do but a leader would take the shot. He never desired to be the Cav's savior.

He was born into it. It was a lot of pressure to try to bring a title to Cleveland and he just could not do it for whatever reason.

In many ways all the blame for not winning a title is not his fault. Other roster moves that should not have been made were made and thats the gamble you take.

I held out hope he would deliver a title to Cleveland but unfortunately it became evident in the Boston series.

Granted he had a strained elbow but you just could not see the desire to win in his eyes. He had several lackluster performances against Boston. Ultimately the Cavs were defeated by Boston and that is when it became clear to me his career in Cleveland was over. Lebron ripping off his jersey going into the tunnel will be forever etched into my mind.

Lebron's family structure as a child growing up has a profound effect on his ideals today. As we all know he didnt have a father growing up and he and his mother moved around a lot. As a child Lebron did not have a lot of family around and he just wanted to be apart of something.

When he finally got in high school he developed a relationship with four guys on his basketball team. They won titles together and they became his family. That is why today many of his friends are around and he considers them family.

That is why when Lebron announced on his one hour show "The Decision" he would be taking his talents to Miami it did not surprise me.

There is a direct correlation between him deciding to go to Miami and his days as a high school kid winning titles with his buddies.

It all began in Beijing in "08" he developed a serious bond with three guys in particular. Dwyane Wade,Chris Paul, and Chris Bosh. It is no coincidence that two of those guys are on Miami's team.

Over in Beijing Wade,Paul, and Bosh became more then teammates to Lebron they became family.

In a sense Lebron is trying to recreate what he had in high school. He wants to win titles with his friends and capture fame for it.

In his press conference with Wade and Bosh and the rest of the Heat organization he preached "Family"

Lebron said Pat Riley preached how everything in Miami is done as a family. Lebron loved that because deep down inside he is still that little kid in Akron Ohio who just wants to be apart of something.

So Lebron ultimately made his decision and sacrificed his chance of going down as the greatest player ever for a chance at winning titles with his buddies something he said he could not pass up.

Lebron just showed us who he truly is and now we can see.

"He never wanted to be great he wanted to be apart of something Great"