2010 NBA Free Agency: Is the LeBron James Saga Hurting King’s Career?

June 29th, 2010 by David F. Baer Leave a reply »

You can’t really get mad at LeBron James if the superstar decides to stay in Cleveland, where he was born, went to high school, was drafted, and played his first seven seasons.

But should the King decide to jump ship, which right now seems highly likely, the fans of the teams he didn’t choose will certainly dislike him.

Especially the ones in New York.

Say James does sign a long-term deal with Chicago. He’ll be booed by all the fans in the other cities he passed up to play there.

New York fans will start to boo him, instead of woo him. Miami fans will yearn for Dwayne Wade to crush James (providing, of course, Wade stays in Miami). Nets fans wouldn’t possibly cheer him (and they have had a lot of practice at not cheering, just see exhibit A: 2009-10 record).

James has allowed this entire process of dumping salary and wooing to go on far too long. As a result, his image is going to take a hit.

It doesn’t matter how good or famous he is no ...

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