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LeBron James Picks the Miami Heat: Announcement and Reactions (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 9th 2010 12:25AM
LeBron James Picks the Miami Heat: Announcement and ReactionsWho is the greatest basketball player of all time? Is it Michael Jordan? Kobe Bryant? ... Or is it LeBron James? For the past year, basketball fans have been engaged in wondering where LeBron James would end up. He's clearly one of the finest players of his generation, and he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers -- a famously terrible basketball team. LeBron is actually from the great state of Ohio, and he started out by playing for his "home" team from Cleveland. But now, his contract is up. And so the greatest current basketball player can move to a different city, if he feels like it.

Speculation about LeBron's move was unending. First off, before we even got to LeBron's actual decision, there was constant guessing about what he would do. On tonight's 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), Larry had on a couple of so-called "experts," who predicted that LeBron would move to New York. Incorrect! Very incorrect! Still, it's interesting to watch "experts" be immediately proved wrong at something, so that's fun.



Then, LeBron James actually told us what city he was going to. It was presented as a one-hour special on ESPN. (Thu., 9PM ET). Mr. James chose the Miami Heat. Chris Bosh also just joined that team during this free-agent period. So it'll be James, Bosh, and guard Dwayne Wade on the team.



A lot of people thought that James would be better off going to the Chicago Bulls, who seemed to have a better core group of players. But LeBron turned down a lot of extra money, and is moving to Miami. Upon hearing news of his decision, fans in Florida celebrated. Meanwhile, people in Ohio were very very sad.

Actually, LeBron's Ohio fans were more than just sad. They ended up burning his jersey in effigy.



What do you think? Did LeBron betray the people in Cleveland? Or did his former fans freak out and go crazy? Did anyone make the right call here?

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Europa

Atticus, I didn't say or imply that young people are watching the news (although I do know first-hand that many do) or being influenced by it. My point, which I guess you missed, is that while I'm sure L. James' basketball career is important to him and some die-hard B-ball fans I don't think it should be treated as something more important, IMO, than a huge environmental crisis, the nation's longest war, or the compromise of national security secretes. It wasn't just national news, the L. James story was all over all media yesterday to an insane degree which I think this post illustrated. Dah.

July 09 2010 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Europa

I couldn't believe this was the lead story on the national news this morning. Not the oil in the gulf, the war, or even the Russian spies. No, L. James' decision to go to Miami. (Who gives a rat's ass?) And we adults wonder why the young people of this country have their priorities wrong? Hmm.

July 09 2010 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Atticus Draco

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>And we adults wonder why the young people of this country have their priorities wrong? Hmm.<

lol,, as tho the young are watching the news!!!
They aint being influenced by the NEWS!!

July 09 2010 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GrumpyOldMan

LeBron James....American Idiot.

July 09 2010 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordy

Kobe Bryant is God-like, Michael Jordan was an arrogant/brutish big fish in a small pond, and LeBron has yet to impress me.

July 09 2010 at 8:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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