LeBron James Decision: Jersey Burning To Open Letter, the BS Needs To Stop

Denton Ramsey@DentonRamseySenior Analyst IJuly 9, 2010

GREENWICH, CT - JULY 08:  LeBron James speaks at the LeBron James announcement of his future NBA plans at the Boys & Girls Club of America on July 8, 2010 in Greenwich, Connecticut. James announced during a live broadcast on ESPN that he will play for the Miami Heat next season.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Estabrook Group)
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I’ll wholeheartedly admit that I have been a diehard sports fan since birth.

But this latest LeBron James controversy is just way too much.

It’s overboard.

It’s insane.

And the BS needs to stop. Now.

Yes, the fact he had an hour-long special to promote his “decision” may be looked down upon—but the aftermath of all this is the most sad story of all.

From James jersey burning in the streets of Ohio to the shameful open letter posted by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, I am completely saddened by tonight’s affairs.

I absolutely understand the King leaving Cleveland in order to win a championship. It’s what every NBA players dreams of and desires.

Could he have made it less dramatic? Sure.

Could he have done something other than an hour-long ESPN special? Yes.

But the fact of the matter is that he didn’t, and with this hour-long special televised by ESPN, the King raised a butt-load of money for the Boys & Girls Club of America.

Who can be against that?

In addition, and as mentioned earlier, LeBron is about to ink a deal that will pay him LESS that what he would have received in Cleveland.

What lesson, exactly, are we teaching the younger generation: Money is more important than winning a title?

Give me a break.

I’m just as tired of this LeBron James “decision” mess as anyone else.

But don’t start crapping on the King just to save your own butt.

The NBA is a business, just like everything else in this world; if James wants to depart the Cavs for an opportunity to wear a ring, let him do it!

For an NBA elite star, nothing speaks greater than an NBA Championship.

And LeBron just made a choice where he felt he’d have the best opportunity to accomplish that goal.

Duke head coach and USA leader Mike Krzyzewski may not be leading the new-look Miami Heat next season (although I wouldn’t be shocked if Pat Riley opts to become a coach again) but one thing is certain: LeBron and company are looking to de-throne Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers.

How could I NOT be happy about that notion??

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com


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