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Marv Albert Compares LeBron James Leaving Cleveland to David Letterman Leaving NBC (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 21st 2010 4:16AM
Marv Albert, 'Late Show with David Letterman'When you get an opportunity to talk to a legendary sports broadcaster like Marv Albert, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, of course you're going to want his take on the LeBron James television "spectacle" surrounding James's 'Decision' to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat.

David Letterman, in fact, decided he wasn't going to let Albert leave the 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM on CBS) until he got his opinion on the poorly-received publicity stunt. Furthermore, he told Albert, "You're not leaving until you say I'm right about this."

Albert tried to make the comparison to when Letterman left NBC to shift to CBS after the first "Late Night War," but Letterman was having none of that. "They didn't want me there," he said. "I was not wanted at NBC." That's very different from James and Cleveland, where he'd become a beloved sports figure.

What's worse, James turned a decision to follow the money, which is the norm in professional sports these days, into the worst kind of reality show with ESPN's broadcast of 'The Decision' on July 8, 2010. All he needed was a host to stand next to him at the right moment, dim the lights and reveal the answer before a ton of confetti dropped from the lights to capture that reality finale moment perfectly.

Letterman's theory was that had James used that platform to announce he was staying with Cleveland, rather than leaving, he would today be the most beloved man in professional sports. Albert, instead, was determined to stay out of the controversy altogether.

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Don't forget, Marv works for the NBA or is approved bvy teams for broadcast and isn't about to say anything bad about a league which gave him a second chance. Dave is just Dave, the original "Get off my grass, you kids!" host playing ut the string at thir dplace in his timeslot.

December 21 2010 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe Marv's hairplugs/rug glue has rotted his brain over the years for him to spew this similarity out. As a free agent he had every right to go where he wanted to, it was how he carried it out is Clevelands gripe and other cities also. He waited until after all the other FA's were signed then made his grand announcement so Cleveland couldn't do squat at that point. Face it it was all collusion between him wade and bosh with riley throw in but stern won't do anything as long as the ratings keep a certain level. The league has been just above WWE in terms of being scripted anyways for years.

December 21 2010 at 8:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alessandro Machi

Thanks for posting this clip. Marv Albert was pathetic. He actually mumbled that Cleveland was not a good enough team for Lebron to stick to even though Cleveland won THE MOST GAMES IN THE League in 2009 AND 2010.

Albert also lied about players not wanting to come to Cleveland. That was Lebron's doing! Lebron wasn't interested in sharing the spotlight in Cleveland and actually scared away Trevor Ariza the season before by saying no guarantees he was staying!

December 21 2010 at 6:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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