Miami Heat: LeBron James' Bonehead Decision

Patrick StapletonContributor IIJuly 12, 2010

MIAMI - JULY 09:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat is introduced during a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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What we witnessed the other night was interesting, to say the least.  Lebron James, the supposed 'king' of basketball (even though he has the same amount of NBA title rings that I do), embarrassed his home state on national TV.  Cleveland has seen its share of sports heartbreak (Art Modell shipping the Browns to Baltimore, The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, etc...), but through all of those miserable moments, Lebron somehow managed to top them all with the stunt he pulled.  

I do not think that he is a mean person at heart, with all the charities he donates his time and money to, but I really have to question how he delivered his answer.  Why do you need a show called, "The Decision" to tell the NBA fans your choice.  You could not have just signed with the Miami Heat and later held the press conference? No, he made a fool of himself and stomped on the Cavs organization and fans in the process. 

Lebron wants to be remembered as a legend when all is said and done, but he is without a title as he enters his eighth season.  A real legend of the game, most would say the best ever, did not win his first title until his eighth year in the league.  He went on to become a 6x NBA champion and 5x MVP.  Even if you're a casual sports fan, you probably know that I am talking about the one and only Michael Jordan.  Did Jordan leave Chicago before 1991 (his first NBA title)? No, he stuck with it and became the best the game has ever seen.  

Jordan played a major role in those six championships, which is something that Lebron can only hope to do in Miami.  James will now have to share the spotlight with Wade, who is the king of that city already, and he has now even more pressure on him.  If he doesn't win with this team, then how much of a legend is he really? He wants to go down as one of the best, but it's not happening if he doesn't succeed with the Heat.

Oh and instead of calling yourself, "The King", how about you prove it on the court when it really matters.  The player I see as the King of the NBA right now is the defending 2x NBA Champion (5x total), Kobe Bryant.

One last thing about Lebron and the chances that the Knicks had of landing him:

I liked their approach a lot.  They had prepared over two years for this moment and really zeroed in what would impress him the most.  He said this a few years ago: 

"In the next 15 or 20 years, I hope I'll be the richest man in the world. That's one of my goals. I want to be a billionaire. I want to get to a position where generation on generation don't have to worry about nothing. I don't want family members from my kids to my son's kids to never have to worry. And I can't do that now just playing basketball."

So in the meeting, the Knicks played up how he could become a billionaire by playing in New York City.  They also acquired Amar'e Stoudemire, who Lebron wanted the Cavs to trade for last season, in order to boost their chances of landing him.

The one big problem I have with what the Knicks did is that they sent Isiah Thomas to Akron in a last ditch effort to try and land James.  Isiah Thomas, the man who got the Knicks into this mess in the first place, was now being sent as the one to try and sign one of the most coveted free agents in NBA history??? That proves to me that James Dolan, owner of the Knicks, does not have faith in Mike D'Antoni or Donnie Walsh, and even worse, he still believes in Isiah Thomas.  

Bad choice from the Knicks and in the end, bad presentation and decision by Lebron.