The LeBron James Doctrine: There Is No Team in the Word ‘Team’

July 15th, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
I kept trying to put my finger on it.

What was it about the LeBron James free agency process that was nagging at me?

It wasn't so much that he left Cleveland. As a columnist covering the Cavaliers, I wasn't thrilled about it, but players leave teams behind all the time.

It wasn't that the idea of playing with his buddies appealed to him.

It wasn't even that every move seemed calculated, as if to squeeze every drop of marketing muster out of the process.

No, something was distinctly different. What was it? How had I been mistaken about him—or at least miscalculated what motivates him?

LeBron’s affection for his hometown of Akron, Ohio, is well-documented and his loyalty to St. Vincent-St. Mary High School is widely known.

When the Cleveland Cavaliers won the draft lottery and the rights to James in 2003, it was too good to be true. The hometown boy would be staying home.

The fondness that fans in Northeast Ohio already had for this young wunderkind would blossom into a full-grown love affair. For the next three years, James did and said all the right things to make people beli ...

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