Happy anniversary, LeBron James!
That's right kiddies, today is the one-year anniversary of "The Decision," that wonderful moment in time when the NBA's biggest star decided to take his talents to South Beach.
As ridiculous as that whole hour was, it is unquestionably one of the most important moments in recent sports history. July 8, 2010 was the day when LeBron James went from being the hero for all the fans of small-market teams everywhere to a villain. He had played his entire career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and single-handedly made them a team that you wanted to watch.
When the team lost to the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 13, LeBron's time in Cleveland came to an end. He couldn't make it official for another two months, but the writing was on the wall.
When he made "The Decision" to play alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, interest in the NBA was at its highest level since the end of the second Michael Jordan era. The ratings for the NBA Finals proved the power of James and the Big Three.
In case there is something that you may have forgotten over the course of the last year, DJ Steve Porter created a wonderful mash-up of the entire saga.
The video has been airing on ESPN all day, and it chronicles everything from The Decision to the end of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.
The title of the video is "Rome wasn't built in one day." Apparently championship teams aren't either because Dirk Nowitizki and the Dallas Mavericks are still dancing at the expense of LeBron and the Miami Heat.
Maybe next year we can get a redemption video set to the tune of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." It's a long shot, but a kid can dream right.
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