From King To Coward: Why LeBron James' Legacy is Ruined

Ryan MarshallCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 13:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers wipes the sweat from his face in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 94-85.  NOTE TO USER: User Expressly Acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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LeBron James was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 under the perfect circumstances to become one of the greatest players of all time. James came into the NBA with a mission to bring his hometown a taste of success in sports - something Cleveland has long been without.

Now the fairytale hast come to an abrupt ending, something like Cinderella never going the ball... What kind of story would that be?

He's taking his game to Miami, something we all found out while watching his narcissistic attempt at professionalism, otherwise known as "The Decision". If you agree, and like a good laugh you should watch Steve Carell's spoof on it:

Without too much discussion about the way he did it, let's look at the effects of his decision.

As soon as he announced his decision, he forfeited ever being considered the greatest player of all time. It has been proven that he can't beat the best with his own team, so he decided it would be a good idea to go and make his own "dream team" so that he and company (that company being Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) can beat the best.

Why didn't Jordan, Bird and Magic all just join the same team and wreak havoc on the league?

Because they were competitors.

That is what this game is about and it's sad that it is disappearing to this extent. LeBron would rather dominate by joining forces than compete for the sake of his own legacy and for the sake of competing. LeBron threw away his legacy by wimping out.

LeBron supporters might say that he was doing the "unselfish" thing, sacrificing MONEY, STATS, and PERSONAL GLORY in order to compete for a title. But if people are considering those things to be the most important things in this league, then the NBA today has gotten way too superficial. 

LeBron James giving up extra millions of dollars is not going to have anyone losing too much sleep. His pillows are made of shredded $100 bills, I don't think he's going to sweat over any financial matters in the near future. As much as this allows him to claim that "it's not about the money" and that it's "about winning", that still doesn't excuse the utter absence of competitiveness. 

He wants to win, but he wants it to be given to him. 

If he had won a title a few years ago, and just wanted to go somewhere else to add onto that, I may not even be writing this article. But it's almost like he tried so hard for so long in Cleveland, and then just quit when he felt he was at the end of his ropes.

I have long been a LeBron James > Kobe Bryant kind of guy, but after that dreadful television episode, I actually like Kobe Bryant more now. Anyone else make any sense of a person betraying his team and leaving for another, only to follow up his decision saying "I know how loyal I am"?

That's like having an ice cold Gatorade in your hand but not drinking it, and rather setting it down. Only to then say "I know how thirsty I am"...

I hope the Lakers 3-peat and that LeBron does not get his long coveted NBA title. I hope he averages a triple-double though, something he can be remembered for without being criticized from every angle.