LeBron James Joins Miami Heat: Good Decision, Horrible Execution

Tyler StimsonCorrespondent IJuly 13, 2010

MIAMI - JULY 09:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat talks 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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LeBron James is now decried across much of the world as selfish, disloyal, and afraid of having to be the "man" on a championship team. 

Kobe has Pau Gasol.

Duncan had Ginobli and Parker.

Kevin Garnett had Pierce and Allen.

LeBron had.... Moe Williams?

He had to leave. It was the right career move.

Some have labeled LeBron as a "ring-chaser." Honestly every athlete is "ring-chasing." Shouldn't people be ring-chasing? I thought we wanted people to win championships?

"Ring-chasing" would be what Karl Malone and Gary Payton tried to do by joining the Lakers nearly a decade ago.

LeBron made the right move, he just handled the PR horribly. He knowingly, or unknowingly, slapped Cleveland in the face by announcing his "decision" on national TV.

LeBron has better teammates now. Is it bad that Jordan had Pippen, Rodman, and a bevy of talented role players? No it wasn't.

LeBron isn't Jordan though.

He's much more comparable to Magic Johnson than Jordan. He does have a "killer instinct." Anyone who watched him decimate the Pistons in the playoffs a few years ago knows that.

But after that, he ran into the Spurs, who had the best PF of all time, with two all-star caliber perimeter players, and a ton of great role players. LeBron had the role players, just not the All-star caliber talent around him in Cleveland.

I would argue the Bulls would've been a better "fit" for LeBron than the Heat. But LeBron chose an excellent situation, and clearly favored the Heat not only because of winning, but because of his personal friendships with Dwayne Wade, the excellent weather, and the glits of Miami.

I will not fault LeBron for that. But Cleveland fans are justified in their anger—for the moment. Eventually they should be grateful for the last seven years.

It's just a shame that the divorce had to be so public and badly mishandled.