LeBron James' Decision: How It Affects the NBA's Past, Present and Future

Chris SaxContributor IJuly 13, 2010

MIAMI - JULY 09:  Chris Bosh #1, Dwyane Wade #3, and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat are introduced to fans during a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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It has been 5 days since LeBron's big decision and there's no sign of this story going away any time soon. I waited to write an article hoping that I could avoid the rush of LeBron articles and not be just like everyone else, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.

Before I get into the past, present and future, I want to start this article with a quick question that no one has really asked and I can't understand why:

Why was the special held in Greenwich, CT? It's right outside of New York City and New Jersey. I live in the area and heard non-stop talk of how he was coming here or else he would have chosen a different location. It makes no sense to me. There are Boys & Girls Clubs all over the country. What is the significance of doing it here?

...Sorry I needed to vent a little. I'm a Knicks fan but I'm not so much mad that LeBron James didn't sign with the Knicks. I just wish he didn't sign with the Heat. I don't see how this could be good for the game of basketball.


There is no more Michael Jordan and LeBron James debate. It's over and done with. I had argued many times that I thought LeBron would surpass Jordan as the best player in NBA history but I can no longer do that.

In no way does Jordan join a superstar like Wade. LeBron doesn't have the competitive fire to even be mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan.

It's unfortunate. This was a great basketball debate and I honestly looked forward to see someone pass Jordan as the all-time great. Now I can't even see him being in the top 10 greatest basketball players. Dwayne Wade will always have to be at least a spot ahead of him because he has one more ring. Let's face it, you can't be in the top 10 as a sidekick, which is what LeBron is in Miami....Now that i think of it, will he even be top 15 if he does become second to Wade?


The face of the NBA has now turned into one of the biggest villains in sports. Things could not be worse for LeBron's image right now.

The big losers of all of this:


  1. Cleveland- They're hurt and downtrodden. The slap in the face that they received is unforgivable.
  2. LeBron's image- I've never gone from absolutely loving a person to hating them so quickly in my life. I'm not even a Cleveland fan. I have yet to talk to one person who isn't disgusted with the way this all went down.
  3. To be continued in the Future Section

The big winners:


  1. The Miami Heat- I think the reasons are pretty obvious.
  2. Dwayne Wade- As long as LeBron is playing with Wade he will always have one more ring. His image also took zero hits throughout this entire soap opera and he will never be dethroned of his kingdom in Miami. It will always be his team.
  3. Kobe Bryant- Just like the Jordan argument, there is also no argument here. Kobe won. LeBron will never be as great as Kobe, again because of Kobe's desire to be the something more than just a player on a championship team. He wants to be The on the championship team. (Plus can you believe that the guy accused of rape a few years ago now has an immaculate image compared to LeBron's?)


I'm going to start this section with the final loser in all of this:

3. The fans- We no longer get to debate whether LeBron will be greater than Jordan and we can't even have the Kobe debate. We saw our best player turn into someone else's partner. (By the way, has anyone noticed that in every interview or appearance, it's always Wade in the middle flanked by James and Bosh. It might sound silly but i think that has to tell you something). We also miss out on what could have been a great rivalry between Wade and James. Now we get to see the Heat crush every team they play offensively, except for the Lakers and maybe the Bulls, Celtics, and Magic, and play no defense. How will that be fun to watch?

Now for my future predictions.


  • The Heat are going to win multiple championships. Maybe it won't happen right away but eventually they will.
  • Durant is now going to start being mentioned in the "Who's better than LeBron?" debate.
  • More teams will try to be like the Heat and Celtics and bring in a "big 3."

I think my feelings towards this entire situation can be summed up in one word- disappointed. I had such high hopes for LeBron and now I can never see those hopes and dreams come true. Not while he's in Miami. This was the guy who was supposed to be the next Jordan and I really believed it. Now we have no idea how long we'll have to wait for the next Jordan.......Kevin Durant anyone? Or is that too crazy?