The Summer of 2010, feat. LeBron and Co.

Matt SlagleContributor IJuly 11, 2010

MIAMI - JULY 09:  LeBron James #6, Dwyane Wade #3 and Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat show off their new game jerseys before 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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The mythical summer of 2010 has been littered with excitement, more innuendos and rumors then in a Lindsay Lohen movie. But not everybody is having a great summer, in fact some despise what has all happened, just ask Cleveland.

We can start with the obvious and biggest story, the king Lebron James.

No matter what James did he was in a no win situation due to his desire to be in the spotlight.

If he stayed with the Cleveland Cavilers he was all about the money and home town kid that was surrounded by a mediocre roster.

If he left for New York he was a guy that only cared about his image and making money.

And if he left for Chicago he was going to be forever shadowed by Michael Jordon.

And if he went to Miami, he would never have “his own championship”, it would “no longer be his team”.

But he made his decision and now everybody in Cleveland hates him and he is now a part of the Miami Thrice, for better or worse.

But looking at all the teams and players involved in the schmoozing fest that was the start of the free agency period, not everybody won and many certainly lost again ask Cleveland and Dan Gilbert.

Clearly the winners have been the players, teams have been handing out max contracts like they are printing money, Joe Johnson, Amare Stoudemire, David Lee all max contract guys. And to a casual basketball fan who knew nothing of Johnson and Lee before the summer started I was surprised that players that weren’t “elite” got so much money.

The other clear winner was the Miami Heat, retaining Dwayne Wade, signing Chris Bosh and King James. Need I say more? They had the best summer, now they need to win the next 6 NBA Finals to avoid the bust label.

 Other winners….. well, good question. The NBA won, now they have another elite team to hang their hat on. The Lakers, Celtics, Magic, Mavericks, Thunder and now the Heat, money in the bank for the NBA, yet another story line the mother ship and TNT can shove down out throat, week in and week out.

Not to mention the Eastern Conference, thanks to James and Co. the terrible teams will make the playoffs, cut to Pacers and 76ers fans cheering profusely.

And we can’t forget about the other two pieces of the Miami Thrice, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.

Wade got stuck with a documentary, while James was basking in the warm light of ESPN.

And Bosh, you suffered in Toronto now you get to go out and sign a max contract….. wait, the Heat got James, never mind. Enjoy your championship boys.

Now the sob stories of the losers, and this might take awhile.

The Cleveland, they lost their son, King and savior, can somebody check to make sure Cleveland is still stocked up on adult beverages. They might need a few shoulders to cry on.

Not only did they lose King James, they lost him in magnificent fashion.

They were the team that could give him the most money, they were his home town, James was their savior. Money in the bag right….? Clearly not.

But still it isn’t LeBron’s fault he left, in fact nobody should blame him. It is as much the Cavilers fault that James left for the beach as it is Miami’s fault for courting him.

 Why didn’t Dan Gilbert and company do like the rest of the league and dump salary so they could get James and another big name guy without having to do a sign and trade?

Why didn’t they go above and beyond for James the last time he signed a three year deal?

It’s like they were banking on the fact that King James is all about money and could never leave his home city. But now he is the most hated person in Cleveland, Art Modell step aside.

Let’s ask Gilbert and see what he has to say.

“If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our "motivation" to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.”

No Gilbert you weren’t motivated, and you have nobody to blame except yourself. And no you will not will a championship before the King. Not sure how a team that will be in the hunt for the 1st overall pick in the draft will be able to compete for a NBA Final spot, but hey motivation is a powerful tool.

Loser number two, the New York Knicks, how much salary and games did you lose for just this summer? And what did you get out of it… Amare Stoudemire sure isn’t LeBron and Stoudemire alone sure won’t get you into the playoffs.    

Loser number three, New Jersey Nets, again how much did you lose to get this oppturnity? Not only did they lose out on the LeBron sweepstakes but you didn’t even get the number one overall pick in the draft, talk about a losing streak. And they haven’t even signed a big name guy, at least you have an awesome owner…..

The Bulls are an honorable mention, sure they didn’t get LeBron or Wade, but even without either guy they are still a playoff team, with a lot of young talent.

And finally the biggest losers of all, ESPN and everybody that watched “The Decision”, we were all robbed of an hour of our life, for what? What we already guessed would happen, before James tells us where he is going lets guess where he is going first.

Now LeBron are you sure you want to tell us, or do you want to sleep on it?

America we were duped. We didn’t get a TV show we got a circus.

Now that the headache of “The Decision” is gone and everybody is jumping on to the Heat bandwagon without hesitation, we can all go about our summer and now worry if Brett Farve is coming back, we can only hope that Farve does not pull a LeBron and demand an hour TV show about his “big” decision.

We are not sure the American public can handle another TV disaster.


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