And then we had the hour long spectacle, "The Decision" last Thursday on ESPN in primetime. About twenty five minutes into the show James announced that he was taking his talents to South Beach and all hell broke loose in Cleveland, and the party started in Miami.
I have been a fan of the media anointed "King" since he was a stud high school basketball player earlier this decade. The guy is undoubtedly a rare talent who has been blessed with the tremendous ability to play the game of basketball. He has accomplished things earlier in his career than most hall of fame players did and has left many of us speechless with some of the things he does on the basketball court.
He took a team from the slums of the league to being a legitimate title contender on a yearly basis. James single handedly brought life to a city that has been death struck when it comes to having a team win a major sports championship. Yet, the so called fans of his turn around and burn his jersey in the streets after his decision to leave Cleveland was made public. No wonder the guy left town.
He signed a contract and played the game within the confines of the rules that were established by the league and the players’ association. His choice to not re-sign with his hometown team is totally legitimate and a choice I'm sure didn't come easy for him.
I would have preferred if James didn't hold an ultra-dramatic television special, basically holding the teams in pursuit of him hostage for the whole world to see. I would have been just fine if he would have held a press conference and told us where he was going to play for the next couple of years.