Originally Published: Jul 8, 2010 9:20 PM CDT
Some thoughts after watching LeBron announce that he will sign with the Miami Heat. Oh, and if you missed it, he announced it on his made-for-TV, one-hour ESPN Special, ingeniously titled “The Decision.”
*All things considered the decision was kept secret very well.
*Stephen A. Smith deserves a round of applause for not predicting that this was what would happen, but for reporting that this would happen. There is a big difference.
*The TV special was so surreal it was laughable.
*ESPN analyst Jon Barry is very good. He insists that Miami will not be a championship team because the surrounding cast will not be good enough to support LeBron, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade.
*When did LeBron dream up the TV special? Did ESPN have any trepidation about being the Worldwide Leader in Sports and jumping into bed with LBJ? Should they have said no to LBJ and his people when the idea first came up, or was it ESPN’s idea all along? Did LeBron help with the rundown? Kidding. Sort of. Can you name the coach of the Heat?
*Who gained the most respect after all was said and done? I go with Kevin Durant and Jim Gray. Durant’s approach was 180 degrees from LeBron’s. That’s all-good. Gray was hand-picked by James and would not have been cleared by everyone else had he not been a respected journalist. He’s come a long way since being ripped for asking Pete Rose about his gambling in baseball and the Hall of Fame on the field before an All-Star game.
*As competitive as Michael Jordan is, it’s hard to describe how livid MJ must have been watching The Decision unfold. He of six rings, watching Him of no rings, garner all the promotion and glitz of his announcement. But you can bet MJ is elated that James did not decide to play in Chicago. On second thought, he might have preferred James play with the Bulls and never come close to accomplishing what he got done with the Bulls.
*If you believe what LeBron said about making his final decision this morning, I have some timber down in Arkansas I’d like to sell you.
*The best scenario would be for Pat Riley to coach the Heat and meet up with Phil Jackson and the Lakers in the NBA Finals. Two premiere coaches and all five of the best ten basketball players in the world.
*Take that back. The best scenario would be for Pat Riley to coach the Heat and meet up with Scotty Brooks and the Thunder in the NBA Finals.
*Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com cut to the chase with his description of what was truly behind Team LeBron selling commercials in his 1-hour TV special: Doyel: ‘True, James marketing team is selling sponsorships for this TV show, with the proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, but dont be a sucker. Thats not magnanimous. Thats guilt money. Thats James trying to win the P.R. campaign, blunting the blow of this blatant ego boost by hiding behind a charitable cause.Ive been fooled by James and his spin before, but not this time. Hell earn $1 billion or more before his time on Earth is done. If he wants to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, he could write a check. Dont let James play you for a fool. Hes not using this hour to raise money for someone else.Hes using it to celebrate the summer of LeBron.None of this makes him a certifiable bad guy. But it does make him pathetic.”
Now we return to regular programming. Drive home safely.