LeBron James Chooses Miami, Bosh & Wade
On ESPN’s “The Decision,” LeBron James chose sign with the Miami Heat. He will now be on a team consisting of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and whomever the hell else the Miami Heat and Pat Riley can sign for NBA’s league minimum salary.
LeBron’s decision came as no surprise, as for over the last 24 hours, all reports indicated that he would be headed down south to team up with colleagues and friends, Bosh and Wade.
After making his decision, LeBron James said that he would be taking less money than the maximum amount of money he could demand on the free agent market. He also suggested that there would be no sign-and-trade deal incorporated with his signing with the Miami Heat.
LeBron James is a 2-time MVP and has been selected to the NBA’s All-Pro team multiple times. In 2007, LeBron led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, where he lost to the San Antonio Spurs in just four games.
In the process of choosing the Miami Heat, LeBron James scorned the entire city of Cleveland on national television. Of course, you can’t fault him for that–that’s not his fault. LeBron James did what he thought was the best opportunity for him to win now, and no one can fault a man for wanting to be a winner.
The Miami Heat are now the proverbial favorite in the Eastern Conference. Immediately, Vegas has already published odds that would suggest the Miami Heat, with LeBron James, are favored to matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.
The only question left is who will team up with LeBron, Wade and Bosh to fill out the Miami Heat roster. If the Heat can’t convince players to play for less money, they will undoubtedly have a roster that consists only of three worthwhile players. As it stands now, the Heat would have LeBron, Wade, Bosh, and third-year point guard Mario Chalmers on their roster once they relinquish Michael Beasley in order to clear cap space. The Miami Heat did draft rookies DeSean Butler and center Dexter Pittman out of Texas. As it stands now, Pittman could be the starting center for LeBron’s new squad in Miami.