NBA Heated Homecoming: LeBron James and the Decision To Leave the Cleveland Cavs

November 28th, 2010 by Big Nasty Leave a reply »
With less than one week until LeBron James' heavily anticipated return to Cleveland in a Miami Heat jersey, I thought it necessary to reflect on the critical events that brought us here.

With Cleveland sports history being anything but a pleasant memory, the city of Cleveland was provided with their latest visual nightmare when LeBron James shared his future career plans with almost 10 million viewers around the country (five million of whom probably lied about not tuning in out of protest).

Capitalizing on national interest in his free agency, during a period where the free agency class read like a who's who of NBA all-stars, LeBron James and his friends (they're his friends!) opted to shoot a TV special, hosted by Jim Gray, where LeBron would announce where he would be playing next season.  The TV special, simply titled "The Decision," was harshly criticized before any decision was even made.

Viewed as egotistical and self-serving, LeBron and his team donating the advertisement proceeds for "The Decision" to charity couldn't diffuse growing criticism with how he was going about his business.

As James' critics grew louder and stronger, many of the ...

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