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Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  309 responses

LeBron James Chooses the Miami Heat

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

For the world’s most prized basketball player, and a handful of NBA franchises, it comes down to a bizarre, strangely orchestrated, 1-hour live television special tonight.

A few minutes past 9pm, LeBron James will look into ESPN‘s cameras, and announce what the future holds for him and some lucky team.

According to several published reports, said lucky team — for now, anyway — appears to be the Miami Heat.

Newsday was the first media outlet to break the story late last night, which was quickly followed up by similar reports from ESPN, the Plain Dealer and Yahoo!:

All indications are that LeBron James is leaning toward signing with the Miami Heat on Thursday night, according to several sources with knowledge of the situation. Barring a late change of heart, sources say James has decided to join fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a potential NBA powerhouse.

Chris Paul, one of James’ best friends, has urged him to stay in Cleveland and let new Cavaliers coach Byron Scott coach him, according to sources. With such strong sentiment around him to not go to Miami, it’s possible James could alter his decision. James’ family and friends are divided over his decision to play in Miami, according to sources. Opinions range from understanding his desire to play with All-Star teammates, to feeling he is selling himself short by joining Wade’s team, to concerns that playing on such a power-packed squad will hurt his brand even if he wins championships.

James worked hard to help the Cavaliers improve their roster, sources said. He tried to sell Bosh on the idea of going to Cleveland, but the 6-foot-11 forward was adamant he did not want to play in northeast Ohio. While sources close to James insist his heart is in Cleveland and remaining with the Cavaliers was his preferred choice, they say he had concerns about signing a six-year deal there and ending up “31 years old, with bad knees and no title.”

Of course, nothing will truly be known until tonight’s event. We’ll all have to tune in to find out what “The Decision” is.

For the time being, however, it appears that the NBA may be on the verge of adding its latest powerhouse, down on South Beach.

UPDATE: Well, ‘Bron Bron ultimately chose to play with Wade, Bosh and 9 other random dudes in Miami. Should be a hell of a season next year. Much more on this tomorrow, obviously.

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  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But fellow heat fans understand this our bench and our other players not named wade , bosh (im not saying lebron yet cause i dont think it is a done deal) will be our downfall. But if this is true WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • 2dope

    it’s over!

  • Jessdogg

    please god no..

  • reedster

    welcome to miami

  • rayray

    Miami will be solid if this is so!
    Since there’s going to be so many comments – wasup everybody! Hola if you hear me! Reppin London via New Zealand!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JustinRColeFL Justin

    Wait a minute! When people were talking about ‘James to the HEAT’, I thought they meant that Mike James was coming back. Who’s this LeBron guy?

  • http://www.nba.com/sun Dacre

    Notice how no one is mentioning New Jersey?? He is going to New Jersey – He doesn’t want to join a team that is essentially going to be an ongoing media circus. If he doesn’t win a chip in MIA with those two guys???? He would be a laughing stock and Eboy would have to parade the slamonline blogs in his underpants…
    He is joining New Jersey.

  • peter

    You would really have to think it would hurt his legacy slightly to join that team and win a championship…its almost lose-lose…if he wins, people will say he needed to join TWO other all-stars to win…if he doesn’t win it will be an obvious disaster. And as we’ve seen before (2004 Lakers), a team full of hall of famers does not guarantee anything

  • jumpman3224

    I never thought LeBron would a) take less money b) want to play for a team that’s star player already won a title. Who knows though, I won’t believe any rumors until they are finalized. IF LBJ does go down to MIA and doesn’t win a title how much of a disappointment would that be?

  • T-Money

    Ovah. Chalmers will be an adequate one, i.e., bring the ball up when it’s NOT a fast break, shut up, hit your WIDE open threes. The Pittman kid will be their 4th big. Beasley can be the scorer off the bench if they don’t ship his a– out of town. I think there will be a lot of vets trying to get Miami’s vet min. If you can add 3 of the 10 best players in the league, you do it. You worry about everything else later. People were questioning Boston’s depth 2 years ago too.

  • Overtime

    If he doesnt go to New Jersey, they really have lost out this summer huh?
    I agree with all said above, there will probably always be an asterix even if the Heat do win.

  • zop

    Lakers still! Heat? Nada! No! Nuh-uh! No rings for you! Phil will get his last!

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    If this is true, let me b the first to say..Lebron can’t win without Wade!……0r Bosh. Lol.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Not gonna happen. This is just a lie someone related to ESPN created to hype up the special tonight. Then when Lebron chooses to stay in Cleveland everyone on that channel will go on and on about how great he is for staying home and not leaving his city. Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla.

  • T-Money

    Bogus concerns. Bron gets killed every year when his team doesn’t win a ‘ship. It would be the same in Cle, Chi, NJ, MIA. Critics say he’s all about hype and money and game. And then they question his moves when he takes less money and goes all in to win as many ‘ships as he can? baahahahahah

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Hypothetical lineup (if Lebron signs and then they convince Shaq to take a midlevel) Shaq-Bosh-Lebron-Wade-Chalmbers. Great starting lineup, but i wont even speculate how terrible the bench is.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Good morning, haters.

  • AT33

    no way he’s going to the Heat with DWade being the franchise player there. Even if he wins a ring there it would not be the same, it would be like winning gold at the olympics being on the dream team against semi-pros. Lebron is going to be a Knick and he’s gonna win a ring there with Amare and hopefully they will find a good point and some good defenders.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Yes, having 3 of the top ten players in the entire league on one squad is a death knell for an NBA franchise….I have to agree.

  • cash

    Honestly I wouldn’t even want Bron to go to Miami that’s damn near cheating with Bron,Wade,and Bosh that’ll just be abuse C’MON SON!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Also, unless Kobe is willing to forefit the three rings Shaq won FOR him, I think the Kobe slurpers should quiet the f*ck down for a minute. Actually, maybe Hall of Famers Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Mchale, Scottie Pippen, James Worthy, Robert Parrish, Moses Malone, Joe Dumars should also put their rings on Ebay since they weren’t the BIG DOG on their teams. So to be clear, Kobe has two rings then……perfect.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Oh and to be sure….even if Lebron played five seasons in Miami and bolted, he’d only be 29 and could STILL lead his OWN team to a ring or three, as the lead guy, with a couple of rings on his fingers at that point, so don’t get caught up in your own silly nostaglic fantasies that he’s going to have no impact on the game after this “possible” move to Miami ends.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    I just wonder if it will ever not suck to root for Cleveland? I’m tired of having my heart ripped out.

  • peter

    Eboy, if Lebron really just wants to win as many titles as possible, then this is a good move. But you have to think there are other things he has in mind for his career. I.e. becoming the greatest ever, which probably would be hurt by him joing forces with two other stars in their prime in order to win. I think its great if he really wants to win. No one is saying he has to do it alone, no one ever has. But just jumping on an all-star team is a little different than building a team together. You have to admit his greatness would be enhanced if he could carry Cleveland to a title.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And no, I don’t think the Heat will be title favorites this season if Lebron does make a Miami-based decision, but I do think the Heat will being perennial contenders for the title for the three seasons after that, and will win AT LEAST one ring, there won’t be 3 or 4 ring presentations though, all three players won’t be there long enough to make that happen, if this was to happen.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Eboy, this is not set in stone. You know as well as i do that this could very well be a giant ploy by ESPN to hype up Lebron staying in Cleveland. You have 3 superstars, im guessing Riley will come back to the bench if this is true, what about the rest of the team?

  • kh

    2003-2004 Lakers anyone? They didn’t even win the Chip with that squad and the bench was A LOT better than the Heat bench will be. Also, Spolestra is no Phil Jackson. If these guys are really about winning then it shouldn’t be a problem, but judging from the ESPN special, the twitters, the websites and the orchestration of it all it’s safe to say their Ego’s (especially “king” james)are in another stratosphere! Good luck Miami.

  • peter

    …if he really JUST wants to win. As we all know, Lebron the brand is pretty important to him.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    At the end of the day, Wade will be left standing at the Miami alter with the RuPaul of big men, Chris Bosh. I find that funny.

  • underdog

    The Cavs need to move to Vegas ASAP.

  • http://www.slamonline.com I doubt it

    Wherever LBJ goes is no skin off my nose. But I don’t see him playing with DWade and trying to figure out who is the top dog. This sounds like a lot of media hype. Time will tell but I just don’t see it.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Can somebody get Ryan “I discovered Lebron James Mother Fu(kers” Jones to come in here ane give his opinion. Or is he too busy being a farmer/useless.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Yes, I agree in theory peter, but let’s be realistic (I’m not sure how old you are)but I’ve been watching pro sports since the late 70′s…in all sports…and somewhere along the line 98% of the players today just don’t have that “passion” to be revered in the annals of history like players of the past and stick with one team, thick or thin, to try and command a legacy. It just doesn’t happen too often. Kobe’s urge to be great is why so many people overlook his tendencies to be a douc*ebag because he has proved he can win in the biggest moments presented to him. If Lebron retires with three or four rings ten to twelve years from now, o you really think people will look back on his career and say “wow, that dude just didn’t have it?” That’s just fanboys talking. I may hate Kobe, but I also realize that his GAME has made him a top ten player in NBA history, even though only two of his rings were won “by him”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    For those who are using the 2004 Lakers squad as potential comparison, Gary Payton and Carl Malone were ten years older than Bosh and Bron, and NEITHER one of them were as TEAM oriented as Bosh and Bron at THAT point in their careers. There was also that “little” issue of chemistry that finally overtook the Kobe/Shaq dynamic that Finals, so please don’t play a hand you really haven’e been dealt.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    *Karl

  • Overtime

    The 2004 Lakers comparision is so far off course its on a baseball diamond.
    I dunno if Shaq would go back to Miami either, didnt get on well with Riles at the end did he?

  • Overtime

    Plus the whole rupaul thing

  • jeff

    I still just don’t see this happening. Even as great as these 3 could be together, they would get put in the post constantly. Plus who else would be on their team? To win an NBA championship you still need role players, and the heat would not have one. Plus I just don’t see this whole we are equals thing coming true when Lebron has his own special announcement where he sells sponsership. I think he’ll stick it out in Cleveland for 3 more years, then we’ll have the Decision 2013 aired on ESPN 8 the ocho.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    To quote Flava Flav, “Don’t believe the hype.”

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Weak. So much for parity and establishing new rivalries. No point in watching the NBA til May, unless you like highlights. And there’s certainly no point in calling this guy the “King” anymore. But I won’t lie. I’ll be in Miami for that Lakers game.

  • kh

    I’m sorry Eboy I didn’t see your name on the roster that year. I respect your ASSumptive comments and agree with the age difference in the comparison, but in terms of a winning attitude you have absolutely no idea. Plus, just because Bosh and Wade are out posting twit pics of themselves eating breakfast together in the off season doesn’t necessarily translate to team chemistry once the shots go up. It will be fun to see it unfold. If Lebron does sign with them will the NBA allow the Heat to play with 2 balls? How else are they going to find enough shots to satisfy 2 superstars and a tag-a-long?

  • jumpman3224

    Rings are a team thing and IF LNJ goes to Miami and teams with Wade/Bosh to win one then that will cement that is what all of this was about. It will be unavoidable that haters will say that he couldn’t win one on his own, etc. It seems like being the man on championship teams is what people judge nowadays. In the past it used to be more about just winning. Magic Johnson. for example, has five rings and won finals MVP three times. Certainly he was a major part of the other two, but it does not hurt his status as a winner or a top 5 all-time guy that he wasn’t “the man” for 2 of the 5 championship rounds that he won.

  • AL29

    But I thought it was a “done deal” that he was going to the Bulls? This is all B.S.. He’s staying in Cleveland. And yes, it would hurt his legacy to leave the team to go play with two other all-stars. this is not the same as Garnett leaving Minnesota. This is an athelete in his PRIME quitting on his team and hitchhiking to a championship.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Interesting that one of SLAM’s largest Lakers fans, who were gifted an All-Star a few seasons ago making them a Finals favorite for the last three seasons, is saying that this move will eradicate parity in the league. Funny how that same team that the guy roots for also has the most Finals appearances in the history of the league because their rosters are always frontloaded with some of the games greatest talents, at the same time, from decade to decade, because of the location of the franchise and the revenue the franchise is able to generate because it attracts tons of new fans from season to season.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Also, anyone that thinks Lebron is going to Chicago to go help Boozer win a title after Boozer left him flat to go get a max deal a few seasons ago is out of their minds.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    BTW, I won’t hate Bron if he doesn’t come to the Heat, it’s a nice 24 hour fantasy if anything. The rest of you (who’s teams will be shut out) should do the same….he can only pick one squad.

  • mattydchi

    As much as I’d like LBJ to come to Chicago, the “king” will never be better than Jordan and even Kobe for that matter if he leaves Cleveland. If he goes to MIA, he’ll be lucky to be better than Sir Charles.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/06/sure-shot-34/#comment Troy

    LeBron is not going to Miami he’s not that stupid. He wouldn’t be an all-star anymore if he had Bosh and Wade on his team. He will return to Cleveland and they might pick up a smaller free agent.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    mattydchi is right, going to Chicago is a no-win situation because if he doesn’t win 6 rings, he’s going to be held to a lesser standard in THAT organization.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    He wouldn’t be an All-Star anymore?…..wow, Troy, that’s off the chain.

  • Ali

    WIN NOW attitude has ruined the association, remember when star players were somewhat loyal and would check their egos at the door, and it was about BALLIN! Anybody that thinks any of these teams making drastic changes to their rosters is going to equal a ring is crazy! Gonna be a major let down to all Lebenon’s fans and MIA fans when they don’t win it all…

  • s0ns0n

    im saying that Lebron would stay in Ohio

  • bill breedley

    He is about to become the queen James of Miami. Dwade is the king of that team. We are all witnesses to the greatest sidekick ever to play the game. Only losers think of the “brand”!!! It’s about winning first not hype. Bron is on attention whore. The decision is a big joke. Only his idiot fans will waste an hour of their lives on that thing. Saps!!!!

  • Javy

    If he goes to Miami, that makes Kobe and Jordan a far better player than him.
    He needed 2 more superstars to win because he just quit on the playoffs.
    He needs to prove he’s the man in other teams.
    This is like buying your rings at a pawn shop.
    it doesn’t feel the same.
    Yes I will watch them of course but it is not the same!!!

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    This is about a dy-NASTY. That is all I have to say about that. Eboy, my man, carry on.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Shouldn’t the Cavs be ridding themselves of Delonte, like yesterday, if they really want to keep Bron? Just saying.

  • T-Money

    Lakers fans b-tching about parity? ARE YOU FREAKING SERIOUS?! you guys were ready to ship bynum out for bosh!!

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    So…you’re comparing Pau Gasol -a player who hadn’t won a playoff GAME in TWELVE tries- to a back to back MVP in LeBron? I didn’t think so. This isn’t about next season. It’s about the next five years. Or more. The two brightest stars in the league to carry it forward are Bron and Wade. There is hardly anyone outside of Miami who wouldn’t want to see them compete against each other rather than with eah other. What if Magic said eff it and joined Bird? We wouldve missed out on history. Jerry West, a member or those front loaded Laker teams lost in the Finals 9 times. Word to Ed Rooney. Nine times. We honor him for it. We respect players who fall, get up and make it to the mountaintop. LeBron basically said eff it and called a helicopter to the top.

  • bill breedley

    Lebron is going to be a second tier star if he signs with wade n bosh. A Mchale or a worthy. Not bad company. He is definitely never going to be a Jordan or Kobe.

  • The Philosopher

    Eboy, you are the sh!t.

  • http://www.mauricegarland.com Maurice Garland

    for the life of me. please, anybody…tell me who came down from heaven and said this dude is SUPPOSED to have won a championship by now?

  • bill breedley

    Dwade pulls a hammy and bron gets knocked out of 2nd round by the real big 3 of the east. My prediction for next year hahaha! Rubber match in the finals. Round 3 celts lakes!!!!!

  • dino

    Where o where will LeBron go?. I’m sure not even LeBron knows. At roughly 9p.m. we will all be on the edge of our seats ready to say “i knew it”. Wherever he goes that team will be the favourite.

  • Nate C

    you are all insane, you gonna win a title with 5 total people on your team? Dream Team is right, it’s all a DREAM, sources say this, sources say that, God forbid anyone have a damn name. If Lebron goes anywhere but the heat or cavs, everyone but Erin Andrews gets fired. Jordan is Jordan, Kobe is Kobe, and Bron is Bron, they are people too, just like us. Their legacy is just that, theirs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’m not sure if Jame Worthy and Kareem didn’t help Magic win 5 rings, but I would think that both of them were top 15 players in the league at the time of their title wins in LA, Kareem being the lesser, if not still super dangerous option at that point.

  • Nate C

    Clippers with Lebron is a top seed by the way

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I would have preferred it if either Bron or Wade went to the Chi, but I figured neither one of them wanted to follow in Jordan’s footsteps. Lebron could still surprise me, but I don’t expect it.
    It will be interesting to see which one of the Big Three complains about his role first.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    And maybe parity is the wrong word. I watch the game to see a player develop over the course of his career and the suspense that comes along with it. There’s none here. No suspense. No drama. No rival. Despite their friendship this feels like and empty, corporate takeover. It’s not fulfilling as a fan to me. Sure they’ll clash with the Lakers once or twice, but then what? I want to see LeBron conquer a league and build a legend. This ain’t it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Uhm……well, I’m not sure what Chris Bosh playoff highlight reel where supposed to be watching on Sportscenter today, but I would think that HE would be the comparison to Gasol in this mix, not Lebron, Mr. Brown. This would be UNPRECEDENTED for three guys IN THEIR PRIMES. There isn’t anything else to compare it to in the history of the league. Prime guys, not two with an aging former superstar.

  • T-Money

    bill breedley: so you’re ripping lebron for going to miami and taking less money to try to win as much rings as possible because… it should be about winning first and not hype. interesting.

  • bill breedley

    Bron is going easy route!!! Book it. Not that the decision really matters. Whatever team he plays for isn’t making the finals. Unless he manages a miracle and lands with the real big 3 or the magic. Napping thru this none event

  • Javy

    I will fall asleep when Dirk, Melo,Howard or somebody else plays. But when Miami plays, I will also be asleep because it will be a blowout.
    Except when they play the lakers then I’ll watch.
    I think this is is bad for the NBA!
    Not caring about other teams.

  • http://Badnewzb8ller Badnewzballer

    Hype! I’m quite sure bosh and wade know where bron is going. All this wooing their doing to bring lebron down is just playing into it all. Big suprise tonight! Im guessing it’s between NY and Clev.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I can’t believe Myles is admitting to wanting to see Lebron build a legend (and I guess in some way, succeed) on his own. There was almost a form of good-will in that comment. To use the Sportscenter word of the week…that is some fluid info.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Are you making a point? It is unprecedented. Because no other player Bron has been compared to would willingly join their chief rival for league supremacy in the prime of their career. People want to see Superman vs. Batman. Not Superman and Batman.

  • ciroqobama

    Lebron Not an All-Star!?! Troy @ 10:44 loses at life.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Oh yeah, and if this did happen, there wouldn’t be a rash of blowouts leaguewide (therefore making the NBA unwatchable) by this squad, they could probably win somewhere in the neighborhood of 60-62 games a season…the league is not that watered down, c’mon now. Boston, Orlando, Chicago would all be tough every game and out West the Lakers, Thunder, Nuggets, Mavs would all be single game wars. Plus there would be nights when the role players would falter……

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    LeBron just conceded every MVP for the next five years.

  • bill breedley

    T money. Ripping your idol for overhyping his “decision”. Can’t stand the little Kim kardashian. But deep down good move if he goes heat as it means he is about winning finally…even if just as a sidekick. Still respect any kind of winner.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    They’re gonna be All Stars, but Bron and Wade just forfeitted their stake in every MVP race for the next five years.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Myles, I’ve got to be honest, I always like to see Batman and Superman team up (occasionally) just to see how they would beat a common enemy in the comic books. This would only be a temporary setup in Miami (5 seasons max) and we all agree they aren’t winning EVERY season, so where is there some form of unprecedented domination? Michael and the Bulls won 6 out of 8 titles, the Laker won 5 out of 10 titles in the 2000′s, that’s not domination by one team with loaded rosters?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And yes, I agree with bill breedley, now he will be ripped for wanting to win, and not just being a stat/trophy whore? Confusing as all hell.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    This isn’t winning as much as it is carpetbagging.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Co-sign Eboy on his comment about the Cavs getting rid of Delonte. However, like I said yesterday as I read this I really can’t find the “Haters” that you keep lashing out at. I see no reason Lebron shouldn’t go to Miami. As “Scottie”, he’ll complete a great role and get chips’, which I’m at least glad that he realizes matters above all else much sooner than later. Why doesn’t anybody remember that this plan was 3 years in the making when Wade and LBJ purposely signed those short contracts way back when?

  • peter

    Myles that’s an interesting point regarding the MVP. That’s why I think Lebron has too much to loose in this situation. His stats will drop, his individual accolades will drop, his legacy may drop a little…only thing is championships and those aren’t even guaranteed. But as I said before, if all he REALLY cares about is winning, then yeah, not a bad move. Although him on Chicago with Boozer would probably be a better team I would think. But you have to think no way he’s climbing into Jordan’s shadow. Although a friend brought up whether the number change was just to allow him to play in Chi or Miami (only two places with 23 retired…dun dun duunnnnnn).

  • The Philosopher

    Hypocrisy permeates through the wires of these threads from the masses.
    One day we humiliate The King for his perceived LACK of commitment to winning
    The next day, we crucify The King for his perceived overcommitment to winning.

  • T-Money

    Myles: what if he’s the one sacrificing the scoring to feed Wade and Bosh and ends up with a trip dub? That should be MVP-worthy no? Again, I’m not saying that,s gonna happen but a say 21-10-10 line would be dope.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    The “Make a Hating choice” comment is dead on too. Stat Machine or Chip Machine? Choose one and be at peace.

  • The Philosopher

    Co-sign T-Money. @11:34a.m.

  • The D Train

    If the King and the Centerpiece both elect to ride Flash’s coattails, consider me out of the league for a while. Teaming up three of the top 15 guys in the league pretty much mucks it up for the rest of the league. I have always appreciated the NBA not having a Yankee’s-style Super Squad. The Lakers have 2 All-Stars and some really nice role players and have been considered the most talented team for the past few years. Lebron, Wade and Bosh together would be fun to watch for sociological reasons to a non-Heat fan, but not much else. Watching them tromp over 95% of the East would not be enjoyable, especially to a Bulls fan. Had really hoped that LBJ would resign with Cleveland at worst, or sign with Chicago, at best. Even teaming him up in NY or NJ would have made for a nice EC race for the next 5 years. Oh well, nothing is set in stone, but at least if he does go to Miami you guys won’t have to listen my Bulls-centric rants.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    I want to know will dwyane ever get an mvp before he retires with lbj and chris bosh???

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I’ll always feel like Bron chose the path of least resistance. There were other competitive franchises available.

  • Clay

    Does anyone else think this would be a small move by LeBron if he knew two days ago that he’d sign with Miami and didn’t do so with Bosh and Wade?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Myles, you make it sound like this move is going to happen, it can change can’t it, and this conversation becomes kind of moot, right?

  • bill breedley

    E boy even if as a sidekick, a winner he will finally be. End of the day that is what matters.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Myles speaks the truth here. Cosign to the fullest.
    I don’t know how the casual fan will view this, but LeBron definitely drops down a couple pegs in my books if he does this.
    Did he give up in game 5 against the Celtics? yeah, a little. If he does THIS, that’s the ultimate waving of the white flag.
    Dude thought he’d have a ring by now. Thought it was easier than this. It wasn’t. Now, he’s looking for that easier road…in Miami.

  • Jose

    As words can’t describe the awesome-ness this would be. The salary cap still poses a problem when it comes time to get a bench. IDK How strongly tied to Cleveland he really is. and personally, It would suck for cleveland to feel the way some MIA fans did when All them reports came bout him goin to Chi-town.Even they don’t deserve that feeling

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Just a question: Does KG’s career become defined by the fact that he couldn’t do ONE FUC*ING THING OF NOTE in Minnesota as THE MAN (Or The Kid, whichever you prefer) and it took him moving to Boston to play (or be carried) by two other top tier stars to finally become a champion:? Discuss.

  • The Philosopher

    The true AND sincere feelings of The People are beginning to shine through like the sun from the clouds. It’s very refreshing, for this very process is, in my opinion, making me look a little smarter, and for my ego, that is quite satisfying.
    The King is performing for the audience like kings sometimes do. We as The People, ARE delighted and in awe, for we have never witnessed such an event unfold in such a manner in which The King is orchestrating.
    Future players are going to use this stage in this manner, such as someone alluded to earlier.
    LeBron is the best in the world. Not Kobe. Not D. Wade. Not anyone. LEBRON. Period.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Re:KG Yes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Also, I thought the key word spoken by both Bosh and Wade in their ten minute shill on ESPN yesterday was “sacrifice?” Sacrifice money, sacrifice shots, could Lebron coming with them be “the ultimate sacrifice?”

  • The D Train

    Should also be noted that 4 of the 5 teams involved have been heavy favorites at varying points. Obviously the favorite at the end is the winner, but NY, Chicago and especially Cleveland should probably not get too frantic until after the fact. Also, Myles comment at 11:43 is spot on. Lebron going the perceived easiest route does not bode well for his standing in history, if Miami is the pick (and I still don’t see it, unless the egomaniac that is MavBron is ready to share the spotlight…which from the way they’re going about making their choice could easily lead one to discount that scenario) then no way Lebron or Wade can stand on the same level as the upper-echelon greats. Playing with 3 of the top 15 players in the league hasn’t happened since, when? I’d guess 60′s-70′s Lakers or Celtics. And that was when there were much fewer teams. Comparatively speaking, the Heat would probably constitute the highest percentage of top-15 players that the league has ever seen.

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    I just imagine foam coming out of Eboy’s mouth when he talks about the Lakers. Love it.

  • The Philosopher

    Eboy:
    You are a learned individual. So you must know that members of the populous with peasant mentality will willfully AND vigorously try to argue every moot point, and futilely try to discredit your brilliant question.

  • bill breedley

    Uhmmm bron is only best attention whore. Great player and stat stuffer but not a winner. Hence, not the best. Watching the world cup reruns instead of this none event.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Not that he earned a title by helping turn a dorment franchise into a title winner after 20 years of pretty crappy basketball? Something that Lebron did in spades for the Cavs, a team that has sucked for it’s entirety and the one thing is that he couldn’t win a title for them, but made them one of the most watched teams in the league.

  • The Philosopher

    @The D Train:
    What about Bird, McHale, Parish?

  • george w. buckets

    If lebron goes to miami, would it be realistic to see iverson go down there as well?

  • vtrobot

    if lebron, wade, and bosh are on the same team, that’s all the “team” you need. lebron is going to NY though. i imagine that he’s getting tired of losing playoff series that his team is supposed to win. LBJ/bron/wade would be the favorites to win every series going forward. any playoff series loss would be huge and severely scrutinized. NY seems like it has the most upside, with the smallest potential downside.

  • olddirtyphil

    I think him leaving the cavs is the wost choice to make. I’ll never root for this heat team or any team lbj chooses over the cavs. I just dont think morally its the right thing to do for him to leave and i think he should think about stuff like that

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    If Lebron joins the Miami Heat, whoever mans the point guard position (Chalmers?) will be one happy man.

  • peter

    Eboy, KG definitely earned a title for Boston and helped carry them back to glory. BUT it definitely altered his status to a great component on a championship team (defensive orchestrator etc etc) from a superstar centerpiece on a championship team (Jordan, Kobe, Shaq). If Lebron’s fine with that, that’s great. But I don’t see it. All through his career he’s been thought to be the next greatest who can carry Cleveland back to the title…he could still be that guy. But going to Miami will change that.

  • Scottie Pimpin

    people in high places that i know of are telling me, hes choosing Chicago.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’ll say this….I’d bet you ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY that KG will be happy that he won that ONE title in Boston then to have retired soon with no wings on his playing resume. I think Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing and a bunch of other REALLY great players in the past wish they could have that ONE ring one their fingers.

  • The D Train

    @Phil: I stand corrected on the top-15 on one team argument. I figured I had forgotten one or more. A quick search does show Parish was a 3rd-teamer All-NBA choice in 88-89 (didnt look further) so your point is well-made.

  • T-Money

    Goes to NY: He’s all about fame.
    Goes to CLE: He’s not ambitious, he just wants to stay comfortable. Big fish, small pond. He’ll never win.
    Goes to CHI: He’ll never be MJ.
    Goes to MIA: He’s a pussy.
    Goes to NJ: He’s all about the russian $, he’s d-ckriding Jay-Z.
    Goes to Clips: He’s on drugs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JustinRColeFL Justin

    EBoy’s 11:54 a.m. comment FTW.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    LeBrons childhood dream was likely to win a championship and to see him put himself in the best possible position to do so only makes sense. Cleveland couldn’t bring him a quality #2 like all the ‘greats’ had, so that’s not a reflection on him IMO that’s a reflection of the team/management. He’s no less/more the best player in the L by going to MIA/CHI or anywhere else. As a teammate he hasn’t done anything wrong, he didn’t throw anybody under the bus (like Kobe did after Shaq and before Pau). He’s just played his game and tried his hardest to win, can’t blame him for not haveing a good enough supporting cast.

  • The D Train

    Funny looking at Parish’s stats. Watching the Celts back then he was so nondescript next to Bird and McHale. Dude was frickin’ nice.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    D Train, so was Dennis Johnson, probably one of the 5 best defenders at the point at that time and a knack for the clutch. Those Celtics teams f*cking loaded.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    *were loaded

  • O

    If LeBron chooses any spot other than Cleveland or NY, he’s playing himself HARD. Miami is Wade County and he’ll never ever get out of MJ’s shadow in Chicago. But he owns Cleveland and could be the King of NY in a heartbeat. Come to NY or stay home, homie…

  • unrel

    if this is true.. which i don’t think so yet.. because you can’t go on tv and throw a whole city (clev) under the bus.. but if this is true.. i have 2 words for you heat fans.. “2004 Los Angeles Lakers”… well.. maybe that wasn’t 2 words..

  • unrel

    ^2003-2004.. for all you detailed orientated punks..

  • dino

    The ’04 Lakers problem was ego. If Lebron can check his rather large ego at the door the Heat just might win a ‘chip. Assuming he goes there of course.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Can’t wait to see all the new Miami fans this year. Even if Bron Bron signs or not. ESPN is just f*cking with us all though because last night I saw a report saying “sources” indicate Bron will join the New York Knicks. Just get your popcorn ready.

  • fonz

    I dont know why everyone keeps saying that the combination of Wade/Bosh or Stat/Chandler/Galliarni are better than the Combo of Harris/Lee/Lopez or Rose/Deng/Gibson/Boozer/Noah.
    Yes I have a Bulls bias but they are the better fit for Lebron to win now. The combo of the “Dream Team” Wade Bosh and Lebron would not work because wade and Lebron would need the ball to much and whatever happened to bosh wanting to be centerpiece of the team. He is clearly second choice right now and would be 3rd choice with Lebron coming.
    And sure Lebron would average a triple double ith Dantoni but Lebron could average a triple double aneywhere else as well.
    And the Nets look nice but lets not forget that they did only win 12 games and find ways to lose games just like the knicks.
    And with the bulls you clearly have it all a young superstar pg who isnt afraid to share the ball or take over the game if needed, a rising center, an allstar in boozer who can take it in the hole and releive lebron of some pressure when he drives in, gibson who is on his way to becoming the next boozer and deng who is a bit overrated but can knock down that jumpshot when wide open-which he will be if lebron comes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JustinRColeFL Justin

    Ledell Eackles and Willie Burton are rolling over in their graves.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    So can someone in this room of enthusiasts enlighten me on how this supposed superteam will fill its remaining roster spots, and if anyone believes Eric Spolestra will be the coach to take this team to the promised land. No shots, I’m just saying. And if what I hear about the Lakers next pickup is true, Miami ain’t winning jack for the next 3-4 years.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    ^Known Laker lover trying to hype his squad with some mystery move that trumps Lebron going somewhere….who’d have thunk it?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Who’s LA about to get Zee!?

  • Chris

    Zee, vet minimum guys. Draft picks for bench. With talent like this — LBJ becomes Magic, D-wade remains your top scorer and Bosh cleans up the rest, you don’t need much more.

    It is an incredible team, and anyone who thinks differently is insane. As a Knicks fan, Iw ould rather have him stay in Cleveland or go to Chicago. That at least gives the rest of the league a chance.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Only issue I see with LeBron in Chicago is how do they afford to keep Rose and Noah when their contracts come up? This ofcourse assumes Rose and Noah live up to their perceived potential. LBJ/Bosh/Wade are already proven stars (unlike rose/noah) and just need to play how they already have. They’ll find a few additional peices of solid veterans and during the next 5-6 years have one of the best (if not the best) core in the L.

  • Bruno

    hey who’s this guy eboy???
    don’t know him
    i only know nostradamus hahaha
    why don’t you secure a title for the heat so you f@cked up their season

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    The Ninth Circle – the lowest circle of Hell for the treacherous, the betrayers.
    At the bottom of the well Dante finds himself on a huge frozen lake. This is Cocytus, the Ninth Circle, the fourth and the last great water of Hell. Here, frozen in the ice, are punished sinners guilty of treachery against those to whom they were bound by special ties.

  • The D Train

    Windhorst is reporting Mike Miller offered 5 year, 27-30 million deal by the Heat, with a deadline of tonight to decide. Not sure how this fits in with Lebron…

  • http://Www.lkz.cn Darksaber

    To hades with LBJ and his preening self loving. I’m more incensed that Dirk accepted 16 million less than he was entitled to only to read that creaky Jermaine O’neal might be headed to Dallas! That’s just wrong, Cubes.

  • The D Train

    Come on, Dark. Don’t you remember not paying Nash, then using the savings on Dampier? For some reason Cuban is in love with overpaying awful, retread centers. God knows why. Poor Dirk is watching his championship window close during the offseason. Ugh.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Dirk should have come to Miami, Dark.

  • GJG

    Reasons he’s not joining Miami:
    1. Wade’s team (Bron is more full of himself than anyone)
    2. He’ll be Pippen
    3. They won’t win a chip there (him and Wade need the ball in their hands, Bosh doesn’t count cuz he’s overrated. Also, to actually WIN you need players that complement each other, role players, not just a bunch of stat stuffers.)
    4. He cares about his brand so much that he’s staying in Cleveland
    5. If he cared about winning he’d join Chi
    6. If he’s selfish (he is), NY is the only team besides Cle that won’t be a surprise.
    7. LeBron is annoying
    8. Kobe is the best player on the planet.

  • The D Train

    but E, isn’t Dirk just an older version of Bosh, with slightly better range and a better post-big-shot sneer?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    He would have thrived with Wade getting into the lane every possession.

  • The Philosopher

    I really hope they do this.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    I still don’t believe in Bosh, and I’m not sure how this is going to work. Just read Miami offered Mike Miller a 5-year/$30 mil deal. How does that fit with the salary cap since Miami doesn’t have the MLE to offer?

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    No matter what decision Lebron makes, Kobe slurpers (Eboys copyright)will find a reason to hate on him.

  • Bruno

    bosh sucks!!! they’ll be better with haslem

  • cmc

    hes stupid if he goes to miami…..wat he should do is pull a sign and trade with dallas and the cavs could get rod beaubois erick dampier caron butler draft picks and maybe even jet terry…..

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    This is Bosh’s first chance at max-level money and it’s likely Wade’s last chance at a max-level contract if he signs for 6 years. Knowing that, would Bosh sacrifice what can potentially be his first and last max-deal? Would Wade be comfortable knowing that he could go down in history as the best player to never sign a max-contract? Lebron is only 25 years old. In 5 years he’ll be 30 and ready to sign another max deal, but he’s also considered THE best player in the world. I don’t see how any of these players agree to take less than max-level money right now.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Besides, “You can’t be the man when you’re on the same team as Jeter.”

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    I hope Bron does go to MIA, it’ll make this years Lakers chip that much sweeter. And I’m not hyping anything to take away from Bron and MIA’s shine, I am however saying, don’t think some moves will be made. We have some driftwood we need to jettison from the Lakers bench. I would expect us to have Hedo Turkoglu or Mike Miller in the next 1-2 weeks. Be easy….

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    @Myles: I’m not sure you’re accurate in saying that Wade or LeBron is forfeiting every MVP for the next 5 years. You do realize that having Wade and Bosh on the team could potentially allow LeBron to AVERAGE a triple-double, no? There have been far more star-studded teams than this one will be, and in a year Chris Bosh will be more or less an afterthought among average fans. For the record, though, I wanted LeBron to stay in Cleveland.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Eboy calling (anybody) “a slurper” is laughable considering how the greasy patch of hair on his chin has quickly become LeBron’s “nutt warmer”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    NegativeNellie, I’m not looking to take loads from Lebron like James the Balla has from Kobe or how The Seed has received Pau’s seed, but I’d be happy if he came here. Sh*t yeah! Any other fan of any other team that said something different is a god*amn liar if their team had this opportunity in front of them.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Where’d you get that info from Zee

  • http://sdfjklfl.com Jukai

    YEAH GUYS WHAT IF MAGIC WENT AND JOINED BIRD?
    Wait, I got an even BETTER one
    What if the BEST center the game had ever seen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, joined up with one of the best POINT GUARDS the game had ever seen, Magic Johnson? Man, that would ruin the league and no one would watch it anymore.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Or, what if Lew Alcindor joined Oscar Robertson? Or Earl Monroe joined Walt Frazier? Or, or even Kevin McHale teaming up with Larry Bird and Robert Parrish?! Or, or even the ACTUAL best center in the game, Wilt Chamberlain, teaming up with the LOGO shooting guard, Jerry West, and maybe the best Small Forward ever in Elgin Baylor? =O =O =O

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Let’s get this straight: LeBron in Miami will NOT be Scottie Pippen. First of all, his defense is nowhere near that of Scottie’s. Second of all, he is a way better scorer than Scottie, and a better scorer than Wade. This isn’t Michael and Scottie–this is two equal-caliber players that achieve really similar things on both ends of the floor.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    And SMH @ the Knicks. Please get Monta now..

  • asmaticasiatic2

    If bron was a true baller he would take his cavs squad and get the job done; he had some decent teammates they just folded down the stretch. It seems like the easy route to go to miami and may add years to his career since he can probably just coast and go half speed part of the season…

  • peter

    Eboy, I completely agree with you that KG will be happy. Only thing is, Lebron is not supposed to be the guys you mentioned on that list with no rings. Who all by the way (cept for Ewing) tried to jump on good teams late in their careers when time was running out. Lebron is supposed to be Jordan. Saviour of Cleveland. No ones mentioning him as the next KG, Barkley, Wilkins…he’s supposed to be the King. That’s all I’m saying. He can’t be that in Miami. And that may be fine for him. If so, that’s great. He just wasn’t who we thought he was. And neither was KG.

  • peter

    * and stockton

  • unrel

    that’s all fine and dandy if he lands in miami.. but i still don’t see them beating boston in a 7 game series.. of course i have to see how the season pans out.. but as of now.. you need solid role players to win a few playoff games for you.. fisher.. big baby.. they both did so in the finals.. who will do that for this big 3?.. chalmers who?.. beasley huh?.. the coach, woah?.. but we shall see..

  • vtrobot

    if it ends up happening, i’m not feeling this ‘Bron to MIA move. it will be HILARIOUS if james’ new team gets bounced by ORL or the “old” C’s again. good luck, “king.” i hope you go to NY.

  • vtrobot

    Oh, and thanks to Myles for mentioning Ed Rooney and, in doing so, making his the best comment on here. Les jeux sont faits.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    What if Wilt Chamberlain joined Jerry West and Elgin Baylor? This is fun.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    RINGMASTER JAMES!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    This is so stupid none of these guys will ever win MVP anymore the argument will be that there stats are to low and the winning is because the team is so talented. It won’t work basketball wise. SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!…..SHOTS! Everaaaayboooday.

  • syk

    Zee! Why the hell would you want to have Hedo’s contract on the Lakers?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign Allen Iverson to run the point and Shaq for the middle oh wow that would be a deadly roster on paper: PG- Iverson, SG- Wade ,SF- LeBron James, PF- Bosh, C- Shaq. This team would have the most ego of any sports team ever and they still probably wouldn’t win.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    No GM in his right mind would sign Allen Iverson to run the point on a team with lebron, Bosh and Wade.
    That would be the most asinine decision of all time.

  • vtrobot

    bron/wade/refs should be able to beat anybody. they might go 82-0. the L might even suspend and fine some players if they try to stop it. i’m tired of this sh*t. can’t wait until next spring when the C’s go deep again and the king is not crowned, once again. seriously though, go to NY, ‘bron. i want them to be good again. i think NBC’s thursday shows are all new ones this week. are they going to have some follow-up news on this topic, in case i don’t get to watch the LeBoring special? has ‘bron taken a dump today? anyone? are there any reports? at least speculation?

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com TRUTH SYRUP

    I DONT LIKE IT!! NOT 1 BIT. I DONT WANT TO SEE THE BEST PLAYERS ALL GOING TO 1 TEAM

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    suns will get lebron with a sign and trade him with their 16.5 mil trade exception plus some other bum to make up the difference! lebron finally gets to realize his goal of averaging a triple double. suns will be first team to have two players averaging double digit assists.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Teddy, your bugging. “Welcome to Miami…………………………………………………………………………………………. Scottie”.

  • http://sdfjklfl.com Jukai

    I want to go back in time and see the ancient message boards of the 1970s when Chamberlain, West, and Baylor all got together and hear all the little boys whine and whine and whine

  • peter

    I guess the reason those 70s teams didn’t seem so crazy is that there were only 17 teams (1971). Bound to have a bunch of greats on one team, especially the Lakers who are always going to attract talent. Teams just seemed to be stacked back then. For some reason this just feels different. Although I wasn’t around in 1971 so I don’t know if people were outraged then.

  • rav

    the way he’s acted is unbeliveably pathetic in all this. good luck pat riley getting the other guys prepared to play with these 3 who earn in a year what they earn in a month.

  • Jay

    BREAKING NEWS: Apple is releasing a special edition LeBron James iPhone but it only vibrates because it has no RING.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’m not 100% sure, but until THE Announcement conference was spoken about on ESPN, Lebron hadn’t said word one about free agency ANYWHERE since the season ended.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Jukai
    The Lakers comparison is off. Wilt was on the decline, and Elgin was out of the League by the time the team won a ring.
    People did down Wilt for having to try to hook up with other superstars, even as they praised Russell and the Celtics for having such stacked teams.
    It’s a Catch-22, so why sweat it. People are going to have problems with Lebron pretty much until his career is over. Me, I have some issues with dude, but overall I like his as a player. I would prefer if he and Wade played on opposing teams, but I don’t hate him for his choice. It’s not that different than Scottie and Mike teaming up, only this time the decision will be made by the players instead of the GMs.
    Seriously, at one point Scottie was the second best wing player in the league, easily. And top five overall.

  • JTaylor21

    Anyone who puts jordan and kobe in the same sentence needs to check into the nearest asylum. They will never belong in the same sentence ever, better off saying MJ/Magic, MJ/Kareem, MJ/Hakeem, get my gest. Also why should bron care about breaking clevanders heart, it is not his problem that the city will lose millions of dollars, isn’t that the crooked politicians problem not a 25yr old. Cleveland has to be the most annoying city ever chasing and begging a young man to stay because they have been so called loyal to him. What is this a marriage, they want him to be ring-less and muserable for the rest of his career just so they can be happy. F**k cleveland.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Thank you Allenp. LBJ being Scottie isn’t necessarily a bad thing

  • John

    LeBron is a sellout, you will never be great, the next A-Rod. Joining D-Wade because your desperate for your 1st ring. Next your be found out for steroids.

  • JTaylor21

    Also anyone who thinks that the three of them in miami would not automatically make the heats nba finalist (like that racist broad on cnn said) is out their cotton pickin mind. You have two all-nba first team offense and defense on the perimeter and all-nba PF. If the play the lakers they would probably get beat up front, but kobe would be completely shut down on the perimeter. LeBron should really just go to chi, where there will be some epic battles between him and wade. Anybody who watches this guys play against each other know that it’s the best individual battle in the nba not the overrated kobe vs bron bs.

  • unrel

    @JTaylor.. you think MJ/Hakeem is more valid than MJ/Kobe?..

  • J-Bird

    I dont see how Lebron could do this, it seems beneath him and his capabilties. If he joins up with D-Wade it will make many people think less of him as a player.

  • Stillballin

    That goes to show that lebron didn’t go for the money.. He wants to be champion.. That’s showing how much he respect the game.. Not all about money.. Is the world ready.. Go heat baby!!

  • T-Money

    No disrespect to Scottie but he’s not on LeBron’s level. I know it’s wired into our minds that there MUST be a MJ/Scottie, Batman/Robin thing but it really doesn’t have to. If he does go there, it’ll just be two oustanding ballers hoopin’.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    So T-Money, who gets the ball with 4 seconds to go in a tied game?

  • http://www.dimemag.com Anton

    It’d be epic if Shaq and White Chocolate suddenly signed one year deals with the Heat.

  • dAnieL Lee

    Having followed the NBA for many years, and have sat through many anticlimatic free agency periods, all I can say is ‘Follow the Money’ – can anyone name three players who’ve signed for less than the most available to them to go elsewhere to win? Lebore is either staying in Cleveland or going to NY for with major bonuses added in to his contract.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    @spaceship jay- On ESPN this morning. @syk- because we would get rid of some people on our bench who need to get going.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Anton; White C YES, Shaq NO. No way Wade’s going through another “I don’t wanna play if I’m not getting the ball-by the way I don’t take any of this @#$% seriously” episode. And also I don’t hold grudges, but if you called me the “Rupal of big men”…. I wouldn’t like you very much either. BURN THOSE BRIDGES SON!

  • JTaylor21

    Yes MJ/Hakeem is way more valid than MJ/Kobe. For one hakeem is the best defensive center in league history, first in blocks and top ten in steals and also on of the best offensive center also. Kobe on the other hand is not the best scorer in league history, not close to the best perimeter defender in league history regardless of his 8 all-nba defense selections. So yes hakeem has more of an argument to be placed next to MJ than kobe does.

  • rav

    oh, and this circus is getting broadcast live on ESPN in the UK at 2am btw

  • Dagger

    I’ve lost a lot of respect for Bron through this whole free agency nightmare, but don’t get it twisted: if the world’s premier basketball player joins the Heat, it will be his team. Put it in perspective: Bosh and Wade are awaiting his announcement in an hour-long special on ESPN tonight, not the reverse. If Bron joins the Heat he will ultimately be blamed for the failures of the time and praised for it successes. Of course, he’ll also cement his development into the most hated player in the NBA, but that’s another story.

  • rav

    tbh i’m pretty sure wade and bosh know if lebron is going to miami or not

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    @Eboy: lol man, touché. On the reel I ain’t mad at u man, this is the biggest greatest deal the NBA has ever seen. This is a fans wet dream come true. (last sexual refrence) and in this case yours, so congrats man. The Heat are going to be must c tv for years to come. And yes, the Lakers have had more than thier fare share of talent over the years. Just know that all that “hi haters” stuff u been doing is waaaay calling the kettle black. The whole thing about Bron can’t win without Wade is tounge in cheek, and just a reaction To that same trash guys like u have been spewing on his site for years. Now that ur on the other side of things ur doing the same thing uv slamed guys over n over for doing, but like I said congrats.

  • ccantrell

    jus wait n see.. half yal gna feel so stupid

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    200!

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    if he does he’s giving up his perch as the top fantasy bball player. oh the suspense! just choose a team already!

  • robz

    the next MJ23…PIP33…T.KUKOC? …DWADE3…LJ23…CB4?…MIAMI HEAT DYNASTY

  • james

    cosign negetivekreep

  • Severus

    Batman: Lebron James
    Robin: Dwayne Wade
    Batgirl: Chris Bosh

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Who wins this game?: 2002 Team USA vs. 2011 Miami Heat

  • http://sdfjklfl.com Jukai

    Is Pippen a top five small forward? I think I have him as six… it’s hard to say with some players I never saw live but hear so many ridiculous things about.

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    There is no such thing as a “Kobe Slurper”, that person is just a realist.

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Knicks! Knicks! Knicks!!

  • kudos

    If lebron joins the heat, he’ll be joining Wade’s team. Which is hilarious.

  • c_cantrell

    @jukai.. in my books pippen is for sure one of the top 5 small forwards of all time

  • topo

    if this comes true wouldn’t be surprised if they never win a chip

  • e

    its either new york or new jersey lebron would not play second fiddle to anybody so that miami thing is a joke new york has too much pieces missing and jersey just added travis outlaw

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    In response to JTaylor21′s 5:15pm comment where he states “Hakeem is the best defensive Center in league history,” I feel it has now become necessary to remind some of you of this guy who won 11 Championships in 13 years. We’ll call him Mr. Russell.

  • e

    (KANYE VOICE)YO YO ESCUSE ME LEBRON IS GOOD BUT LANCE STEPHENSON HAD ONE OF THE BEST SUMMER LEAGUES OF ALL TIME LOL

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    ^ co-sign.

  • pistol

    Bron, Wade & Bosh = Conf Finals at best….no way they can go all the way without a solid bench (especially if one of the big players gets injured). I have no allegience, but hope to see Bron go to Bulls (solid all around team, best chance for chip next season) or Knicks (won’t win it for a sason or two, but could be a major dynasty in the biggest market).

  • c_cantrell

    @Th3_R3al_Chris.. i totally agree with you bro.. hakeem is not even close to defensive player bill russell was.. yeah he may be the leagues all time leader in blocks but look at how russells d won him and his team 11 rings out of 13 years.. russell was the man.. 5 time mvp.. not only the greatest defensive player of all time but also the greatest center the nba has ever seen

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Hakeem was great, and one of my favorite Centers of all-time (with Shaq being my all-time favorite), but you can’t make a claim that anybody was the defensive player that Bill Russell was.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    *th3_R3al_Chris.

  • The Philosopher

    Kareem Abdul Jabbar is the greatest center the NBA has ever seen.

  • The Philosopher

    In the words of the great PAPALOUKAS, The Leader… I feel like a prophet.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Again, 11 rings in 13 seasons.

  • The Philosopher

    ^^ 3 or 4 teams. Guys playing basketball for extra income. (part time) Guys 5’7″ playing center.

  • Lebran

    holy F**K this is a lot of comments

  • tavoris

    They didn’t even start keeping track of blocked shots until after Russell’s career was over.

  • Overtime

    Bill Russell was greatest defensive center ever, but its not to take away from Hakeem, who isnt all that far behind.
    And when u say guys playing for extra income, the word you search for is ‘amateur’

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com Clay

    I’m glad to see that Bill Russell came up in this LeBron thread. It’s nice to read about winners for a change.

  • JTaylor21

    So you guys are telling me that russel could handle shaq and destroy DROB offensively and defensively the way Hakeem did. NO. Don’t let they hype about Russel D fool you, he was a great defensive player but Hakeem would block your center’s shot on one play, then on the next rob your point guard. name one big man that remotely comes close to doing that. Hakeem will always be the best defensive center in league history, followed by Deke, Russel, Eaton, then maybe DHow.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Why am I negkreep? Im Tarzan!

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    @jtaylor: you’re a moron, Russell went up against And won vs a “guy” you clearly know nothin’ about either, aka “the most dominant” Wilt Chamberlain? Jeez!

  • http://Www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Co sign jtaylor, hakeem vs bill is about eras. Other than wilt, who did bill play against? Blocking slow, unathletic 6 4 white ‘forwards’ is not that impressive. Bill was first of his kind. Hakeem did it against much stiffer comp. Hakeem is best center of all time

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    @Tarzan: lol, Yo I checked out yer boy K-Rino, you were right dawg. He is incredible, I could listen to “holla at me” and “the serpent” on repeat word up!

  • e

    kobe is the last great one of this era its over it takes 3 stars in their prime to win one ring i pray kobe and the lakeshow win it again lebron james bosh and wade should be ashameed of themselves lebron james career died tonight

  • Kyle

    whos gonna play 2k11 with the heat?

  • rob

    HEAT DYNASTY !!!

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    Eboy must be in heaven right now. Nice to see Dwade getting the help he wanted. Hopefully the Lakers can win 1 more title before this dynasty starts off.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    wow this is crazy. they can play with 2 dleaguers as starters and still win the chip. i think they decided this when they signed the 3 yr contracts, and chose miami cuz they could get the most money evenly distributed. plus there’s the tax benefit. it is all about winning, and then collusion, and then also about the most money you can make while you collude to win. they coulda chosen the bulls with bosh doing a sign and trade and had a better team, but miami was the choice cuz of lower taxes.

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    kreep, yea, hes more than legit. check out loaded, when its time, solitary confinement, perpetual ascension, etc, etc, etc. lol.

  • Russell Bukalan

    tha NBA is a business…so, i guess it’s business as usual!!! LeBron, DWade & CBosh, all in MIAMI!!! DYNASTY!!!

  • Robb

    LBJ is pathetic.

  • cru_thik305

    as a true cavs fan, ill always remember what lebron did for us and the things we accomplished. however, i will never root for miami. jumping ship with two other great players is taking the easy way out, in my opinion. i dont hate him, im just very dissapointed. no matter what im still a cavs fan.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    This is a sad day in the NBA. How do you call yourself a King and go play with two other superstars in your prime. Its pretty sad to see this dude fall to this level. I think he will regret this in the future. Bad move to me, Bulls or Knicks were better, should have played against the Heat to win a title.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com TRUTH SYRUP

    SUCKER MOVE

  • O

    “If you can’t beat ‘em, joint ‘em.” Well, Michael, Larry, Bird, and even Kobe to a certain extent BEAT ‘EM ALL! The King is dead. I mean i love LeBron, but really, who’s gonna be calling him King James anymore? He took the EASY route to a title. They can win every single title in the next 5 years and it’ll all be fugazy. He should’ve stood home and prayed for some sort of miracle upgrade to the roster, or went to the Knicks with Amare and made the Atlantic Division that much more exciting and claim NY for his own. LeBron has officially made Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant the best player in the NBA. I’ll be looking forward to the Kobe and Kevin puppet commercials next year…

  • Dean

    Guys you should already know the reason why he decided he would change his jersey number in the first place. He’ll be playing in a team that has #23 retired.

  • Jake

    Why are there still people guessing where LeBron is going?This ended almost 3 hours ago….

  • Deez

    It’s a b**ch move. It reminds me a little of the guys on the playground who never want to shoot for teams and they stack they’re own team cuz they know if they don’t they’re getting run.

  • jdn41

    miami definately going to win next year you have arguablely the three best players at their positions who gonna take them the FAKERS yeah right where can i go to get my season tickets for the heat sign me up NOW

  • Irfan

    Now even the die-hard fans can see that the “chosen hone” hype wasn’t worth it. He “joins” Wade, so he becomes his lieutenant, which seems logical to me as Wade has more charism and skills.
    The greatest almost all remained in one team, LeBron is changing when he is at his best, so it will ruin his “legacy”. Well, he’ll be a Barkley.

    Now for a good laugh when they’ll lose to Orlando, Boston, or even Chicago in the playoffs. After a 70W year, of course!

  • O

    Here’s to the hope that LeBron will realize what he just did to his name and backtrack tomorrow morning and sign with the Cavs or Knicks…

  • Big Marv’

    The Slam curse is still alve haha. sorry Cleveland fans bronbron just pulled a boozer. Time for another logo change, thanx for buying all the throwback jerseys etc etc.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I think it was a great move by LeBron, but that 1 Hour “Special” was the most pointless, inane piece of sh!t I have ever witnessed in ESPN/NBA history. Thanks for keeping viewers for an hour of back-and-forth speculating, bringing up all the multiple “angles” of LeBron’s choices, and disrupting those poor broadcasters and analysts from their summer vacation–all to announce something that would have taken two seconds to declare. Or even less to read about as a headline in an article.

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    @Eboy Oh the irony – this season, you will know what it is like to be a Lakers fan (except for winning the title, of course)!

  • Vito

    The big question now is which team will be the one to do to the 2010 Heat what the Pistons did to the superstar 2004 Lakers.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    So, does this mean Lebron won’t win anymore MVP’s?

  • rikson

    Ladys and Gentleman: LeBron James – second banana!!!!

  • Ali

    THIS DOES NOT GUARANTEE A CHAMPIONSHIP! HARD WORK AND TEAM CHEMISTRY DOES! So he thought he had pressure on him to win at all cost in Cleveland, Hahaha…He took the easy way out instead of maning up and contining to battle it out in the city that drafted him. I hope this MIA super team blows up! Not enough balls in MIA for them…No one has seen Bosh perform under pressure, and when it really counted this year Lebenon folded in the playoff. Wade is as tough as nails, but I just don’t see them winning it all anytime soon!

  • gregor

    I hope LeBron knows he may have just destroyed basketball in Cleveland. He deserves nothing more then failure in Miami for his traitorous move

  • Jacob (from Australia)

    All of these so called ‘problems’ are also creating havoc for every other team in the L. They don’t know who’s gonna run point, they don’t know who is gonna take that last second shot. Three excellent ball players opens so many doors and opportunities. Oh, and when the Celtics got their big three, was anyone talking about Rondo, Perkins or House? Nah, those guys were made by the stars that helped them get to those levels. The Heat will be fine with young role players who continue to grow and learn from these guys. + No one jammed this shit down KGs throat when he left for the Celtics. Why? Is it just coz Bron is 25 and could have possibly taken one or two championships home? Maybe he looked at guys like Jason Kidd, Charles Barkley, etc. who didn’t get the chance elsewhere and he decided to take it now. Give him credit, the 7 years in Cleveland were amazing. But we as basketball fans have to move on and just be damn excited for a sick next decade of NBA basketball. I know I am.

  • http://www.soundclick.com/thesupergenius Che-Son

    Bosh is clutch. Don’t believe the h(ate). What I find so funny is Dan Gilbert tried to put a mojo chickenfoot bonafide sports hex on not only LBJ, but the entire Miami team. I personally think that if you’re Lebron and you know Amare’s in place and Donnie Walsh is on his grind, you choose NYC. It’s the Gah-den! Go balls out and if you don’t save the city and win a chip with Amare you’re still rich as the top .000001 percent of the earth’s population and a legend in the Empire State. Miami, after Bosh and Wade committed, was kind of a b-tch move. However, I have always liked Wade and the Heat, so I’ll just enjoy the drama and the dunks and the potential drama, and chill until Tyreke Evans gets Carmelo Anthony, Bionic Greg Oden, and a pi–sed off 45-year old Allen Iverson.

  • Toni Kukoc

    Eboy and Jukai FTW in this thread, they speak the truth!

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    People say LeBrons hurting his legacy just for joining mia. But what’s more important, individual stats? Or rings? By next season lebron will have both

  • Mitya

    This is turrible.
    Not sure if Lebron and Wade are automatic top 5 fantasy picks anymore either.

  • Paps

    This make’s the league a joke now.

  • oinestep

    Whats up with all the hate……..cleveland didn’t do enough to make them a contender, old shaq and antwan jamison……cmon son…….the man is tired of losing and want’s to win and be happy. Who cares about a legacy if you are not happy* The man has to be happy and he will be happy playing along side one of his homies. Do ya thang and I’ll be watching these heat games I tell ya that much

  • Peter B

    This is great for the NBA.

  • WangChung

    Tom Izzo is dancing in glee somewhere.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    James had the best record in the league two years in a row, then leave to play with two NBA elite players. THIS IS A PUNK MOVE, So people saying he did the right thing is dumb. Bulls and Knicks were the better teams to go to LEAD. He is Pippen 2.0. I feel bad for him, for not being a leader.

  • Ali

    Man up and ride with team and city who gave you everything! All the great ones went through battles for years before they broke through to The Finals or to win a championship game. Have the balls to ride with your team through thick and thin, no matter what. I feel you Mike Wilbon! Bail out…So your THE KING! The team has ridin’ on your back to The Finals once, and has had the best record several years in a row, Conf Finals! MVPs, Coach of the Year, Build on that! Why take the easy way out if your the MVP/KING! Stand your ground, fight to get that Ring in YOUR CITY! The WIN NOW mentality is killing the association. Money and Stats are the only guarantees in the NBA, you gotta earn a championship!

  • marc

    there is no competitive spirit no more. He just took the easy way out. It will be funny if they still lose. lol

  • gc

    ^ I agree heshould of went bull or knicks where he could be the superstar and win a ring
    I honestly feel sorry for clevland cavs now he was everything to them

  • heartlandG

    Lakers 3 peatin! anyway AND The heat WILL NOT win a ship in tha next 2 years. His best bet was Chicago…

  • The Philosopher

    HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Philosopher
    You don’t get it. Your favorite player just conceded he can’t be the man for a team. Last night Lebron said he has no pressure to score 30pts a game each night. What legend says that and then go play with 3 superstars in his prime. I would have respected Lebron better for going to Bulls or Knicks as the man. MIAMI is Wade’s team, Wade knows this and will have more rings than Lebron in the future IF THEY WIN. Wade set himself up to always one up your KING. Its not hate its the truth, The King said that he be able to share the spotlight and get his last night. IF so why not go on TV with Wade and Bosh and all state they will play in Miami together. Lebron got his own spotlight. If I was Wade, I would use him to, to get more rings, THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED, what player who wants to be considered the greatest ever goes play with two superstars, when he could have been the man on better teams. ITs not HATE, its like yall guys hype him up for being the MAN, but then he is not the MAN anymore, no more MVPS, scoring titles, trying to wind DPOY, he only will maybe get rings. Think if Kobe did this with the Spurs, He would have got ripped by you. So to me if Kobe did this I would not like him and would think he is a fake leader who couldn’t LEAD a team as the MAN. BOOK IT!!!

  • Kap

    Lakers still have advantage or equal at every position (definitely Center) except SF but if they sign Tony Allen to go with Ron Artest then they are still the favorites.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Mansonovic

    I’m sorry…when has LeBron James EVER said he wants to be the greatest player of all time?

  • oinestep

    Hey clevelend this is what happens when you let a role player sleep with the superstars mama

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    6-24 is nutting up as we speak knowing he and his garbage team is 2nd class now.

  • The Philosopher

    Co-sign Eboy @9:44a.m.

  • Ali

    My question is: So what happens when they lose in the
    the playoffs or Finals. What will all these Lebenon,
    MIA Thrice fans say then? I forsee the King being
    one of the best players of his era (2003-?) but not
    ever getting a ring. Orlando and Boston are still gonna
    battle for that top spot in the east for a few more
    years, and I wouldn’t count out the ATL boys either.
    So please don’t go guaranteeing a 2nd Championship in
    the 305 just yet!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Philosopher
    Answer my 9:34am comment. Show you can write more than “Long live the Queen”. Thanks Ebay.

  • truthteller

    Do you understand what kind of pressure The Miami heat are in now? Just like Boston had to win a ‘chip when they acquired KG and ray Allen, the heat HAVE to win a ‘chip or this whole thing will be a failure. The pressure he had in cleveand won’t even compare with this one. Good luck heat!

  • Kap

    If yall don’t think this isn’t gonna motivate Kobe and the Lakers then u guys are fools plus they’re gonna be healthy and rested. I can’t wait to see these two teams get it on.

  • truthteller

    @Eboy: Welcome to my world! Now you get to experience what it means to hated on ’cause your team is so good. You have always been a hater now you’re going to be hated on! brace yourself and welcome to my world.

  • Kap

    What kinda mindset will Lebron be in? He has never felt this much resentment before, kobe relished the hate but I thnk its gonna hurt Lebron. Not to jinx anyone but Wade and Bosh are not the most injury free guys in the world. I’m a huge Lakers fan but I’m excited to see this team play.

  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/all-decade/main-page/i/64902/4259/euroleague-all-decade-selection-theodoros-papaloukas?lang=en&itemid=64902&mid=4259&tabid=1143&itemname=EUROLEAGU PAPALOUKAS (click on my name)

    Not even “Anna” could have made such a stupid choice…Unbeliavable…I wonder what his advisers thinking at the moment…

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    LAKERS THREE PEAT STILL HAPPENS, BOOK IT!!!

  • The Philosopher

    Eboy, can you see it? Can you see the hate, shame, AND fear amongst the hypocritical members of The Masses? It is… BEAUTIFUL.
    Peasant minds speak peasant rhetoric.
    And it’s only going to get worse for them as The King AND his men destroy teams night in and night out. One may as well mentally and physically prepare oneself, for annihilation of Historical proportions are in it’s genesis.
    Even MORE painful to many is that, The mighty King made this happen.
    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!!!
    Shout out to The Miami Heat.
    Pat Riley: You’re back in The Game.
    You have your chance to RECLAIM what was once YOURS.

  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/all-decade/main-page/i/64902/4259/euroleague-all-decade-selection-theodoros-papaloukas?lang=en&itemid=64902&mid=4259&tabid=1143&itemname=EUROLEAGU PAPALOUKAS (click on my name)

    at the same time all my kindergarden (Eboy,jukai/tavoris,etc) seem to be stuck at elementary school…still can’t figure out that you need to shoot the ball in order to open up well organized (NBA playoffs,INTERNATIONAL tournaments) defensive structures….Maybe Maimi signs Mark Price and Novitski also…

  • Kap

    I see Philosopher is the biggest c*ck rider of them all and we are all witnesses to it.

  • The Philosopher

    @Kap: YOU LOVE ME.

  • http://www.sovainmag.com Sovainmag.com

    I don’t know why Cleveland fans are acting as if LeBron didnt do anything for them. He raised the value of the Cavaliers and he made them into a contender year in and year out. Dan Gilbert is a complete A**

  • Kap

    @Philosopher…So if the Lakers beat this team which is a big IF then will you admit Kobe is better than Lebron?

  • Kap

    & in same class as Jordan?

  • PapaBearATL

    The way I see it, Cleveland had 7yrs to build a team around Lebron. They didn’t. If he stayed in Cleveland he would have gone from MJ references to Reggie Miller comparisons. I’m sorry but, that is a list no athlete wants to be on. ‘The Best That Never Won A Championship’ list. Think Barry Sanders, Dan Marino, Reggie Miller all hall of famers with stats and records to back it up, all would give it up for a ‘Chip”

  • The Philosopher

    @The Seed: I’ll answer you now, brethren:
    No one in their prime did this. That makes this more appealing. Now, Wade could have EASILY vetoed this, but he DIDN’T. What does that say about a guy inviting another guy who is BETTER than him onto hi team? Great performers NEVER pass the mic.
    Why he didn’t put Wade and Bosh on the air with him? This is his world, man. He can do whatever he wants. Maybe they didn’t want to go up there in front of those “bright lights”, in which the King is used to.
    Who knows? It really doesn’t matter because, that isn’t the big picture. Now you are getting into judging character. If you are going to do that, you might as well start with Kobe, for The King has no criminal record.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Uhm…..I’m saying it now….with the moves the Thunder have made, the Lakers are going to be the one’s with questions about getting back to the Finals. Their the favorites, but unless I watched another playoff, the Lakers were less than impressive struggling against the Celts to the last moments of Game 7 with the hot dog hero sucking big balls in his potential biggest moment, then playing the Lebron role to Gasol’s D-Wade in Game 7. How’s that for up-to-date player comparison? That and Phil not giving a f*ck once he decides to COACH the Heat NEXT SEASON. F**K ALL ya’ll dummies if you don’t see THAT coming! Dopes.

  • Kap

    @Philosopher…Thats pretty low but Kobe does not have a criminal record since the case never made it to court and he was never convicted.

  • The Philosopher

    @Kap: You know better than that.
    @The Seed: At the end of the day, it wasn’t about money, like people like to think. It is not about being the “MAN”. He already IS “The Man”.
    It is about… the changing of the guard, so to speak.
    The King has just ushered in a new way of thinking, and it’s going to immediately impact. How many kids are changing the way they think now? Now, all of the best kids CAN play on one team.
    You’re right, this IS unprecedented.

  • Kap

    It’s not bout the money??? If it wasnt bout the money he would of took MLE to play for LA. He’s getting a $99 million dollar contract in a tax free state plus its Miami. I think winning was like five on his list behind partying, being topic of everyone’s conversation, Miami, and playing second banana to leagues second best player in Wade.

  • The Philosopher

    @Kap: You are right but, you get my point.
    You have these guys questioning character… The King has never been accused of raping anyone, OR humiliating a maid, or any of that.
    But again, this isn’t about character. I don’t hate Kobe. I love Kobe. Before The King, Kobe was my guy.

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    Congrats true heat fans (not bandwagon fans, seriously pick one team and stick with them through the good and the bad).Please wait until this team at least has five players under contract before y’all dub them a dynasty lol

  • Ali

    Co sign Royal. Character traits aside. thas an old
    crime, plus the chick had 3 different guys jizz on her
    clothing, what type of chick do you think that is?
    cmon son…Bad judgement call on KB, we all know that!
    Young & Dumb…He learned! Any kid or man that doesn’t
    learn from his past mistakes and other peoples mistakes
    is a fool! i.e. The Vicks, Pacman, Burress, Big Ben,
    Tiger, L.T., O.J., Darren Daulton, D. Gooden, A.I.,
    Mike Irving, Jim Leyritz, Gilbert Arneas, Chuck
    Barkley, etc. LIVE AN LEARN FOOLS! It’s friday and
    I’m leaving the job. Everybody have a nice weekend.
    ONE!

  • Dee Guerra

    Hey, we and all NBA fans should boycott all Miami games on TV or at the stadium. Empty away game stadiums and lower Miami Heat ratings on TV will mean less money and this should send the message that we are tired of all this basketball show and politics that rob the people of their money and teach our children nothing or loyalty, respect, and fair play. I gone from the NBA!! Whose going to join me?

  • Dee Guerra

    Hey, we and all NBA fans should boycott all Miami games on TV or at the stadium. Empty away game stadiums and lower Miami Heat ratings on TV will mean less money and this should send the message that we are tired of all this basketball show and politics that rob the people of their money and teach our children nothing about loyalty, respect, and fair play. I’m gone from the NBA!! Whose going to join me?

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    The Miami Heat just became a problem in the league for many years to come. Pat Riley stuck it to the Knicks once again.

  • c_cantrell

    EBOY = STUPIDITY
    JUKAI= NOTHIN BUT RESPECT FOR YOU BRO

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