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LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:15 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 2:43 am
LeBron James apologizes for the way "The Decision" went down.

Posted by Matt Moore

In his post-game comments following the Heat's 97-87 win over the Celtics to win their series 4-1, LeBron James apologized for the way "The Decision" want down.  James told reporters that he was sorry for how the one-hour special occurred, but felt that teaming up with Bosh and Wade in Miami was necessary to get past the Celtics. As's Ken Berger reports, James told reporters:
"I knew I had to go through Boston at some point. I went through a lot signing to be here and the way it panned out. I apologize for the way it happened, but I knew that this opportunity was once in a lifetime."
James will continue to receive condemnation over the event, for his attitude, approach, and behavior. But after the game, he spoke candidly to TNT's Craig Sager about how much of a demon the Celtics represented to him:
"First of all thanks to the Boston Celtics, coach Rivers, that coaching staff, those player, they make you fight for everything. You can never take a second off. "
James was tortured by the Celtics, who swooped in after his 2007 Finals run and took over the Eastern Conference. Their own version of the Big 3 raised the bar for rosters, leaving James frustrated with how his Cavaliers team compared. Right or wrong, James felt compelled to raise the talent around to him to a higher level. He did so, and on Tuesday night, that decision, "The Decision" proved to be the right one for his career agenda. 

How he did it was wrong. It was always wrong, and somewhere inside him, James knew that, despite refusing to apologize for it in Cleveland earlier this year. It may seem easy to apologize now that he's made the Conference Finals and gotten past the Celtics, but for someone who has made so many P.R. gaffes over the last year, it's a step in the right direction, this humilty. This is the LeBron James Reclamation Project now. It started with beating the Celitcs in Miami.  It will only truly end with a championship ring.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 10:02 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Mo Williams is under contract with the Clippers, and at 28, I don't think retirement is in his immediate plans. He did have a little woe is mo episode last offseason when Lebron left and threatened retirement, but he realized just how stupid that would be and came back.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:57 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

As for the way he left Cleveland ... well that is what this era of sports now represent. It has been going on in MLB and NFL for a couple decades now with stars flat out abandoning their teams to go for the big dollars or for the better team. The Patriots, Eagles, N.Y. Giants, Yankees, and Red Sox have flat out ripped apart the smaller market teams for their players. Lebron leaving Cleveland for the bigger market in Miami is an example of the modern day player.

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:56 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

......hmmmm..if you really think about it, your absolutely a moron

If you want to seem credible when you write "your a moron" you should use the contraction you're instead of the possessive pronoun your.   

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:56 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Yeah, get a job you lazy turd! Sorry, I got carried away. You know, I spent 7 years defending Lebron's ego as being the product of a tough home life as a kid and then having his butt continually kissed as a high school player. It would be bad form for me to use his ego as a reason I don't like him now. Other than the ego, what has he done to make me not like him? I can't find anything, and since the Cavs are irrelevant at this moment, I find myself pulling for him.

I think Lebron really tried to talk another superstar into coming to Cleveland, but let's face it, Cleveland is not the ideal for a young wealthy athlete. Don't get me wrong, the NE Ohio area is a fantastic place to live, but I am a 37 year old, married, father of two who enjoys golf, video games and long walks on the beach.

Anyhow, Lebron is right. The Celtics big 3 was not going to be beaten by Lebron and some nice role players. Lebron was right and wrong in saying the Celtics made the blueprint. He was wrong in that superstar laden teams have long dominated the NBA. He was right in that the Celtics showed you don't need the draft and a few years of building to make it happen. Sure, the Celts did it through trades while the Heat did it via free agency, but both are perfectly legit under current NBA rules.

I have watched the Cavs since about 1980 and will continue watching them until I die or they leave. I watch the NBA because I love basketball and these are the best players in the world. Do I wish that Lebron was scoring the final 10 points for the Cavs? Absolutely? Would I enjoy celebrating a championship in Cleveland? Sure. Is my life incomplete because I have never witnessed one? Child please.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:53 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Yeah, but Buckeye Kurt, none of those guys were any good though. Only Big Z is still in the playoffs. Two of those guys, Mo and Shaq, are retired now. You're talking a bunch of guys who never could stay healthy or be productive in a starting role.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:51 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

the key here is that lebron doesn't actually have to win one. he's got the superstar teammates to help him win it. therefore, he's handicapped himself in any arguments among the greatest of all time.

this was a tremendous pr gaffe. perhaps the most influential in sports history. i dooubt lebron imagined it would be anything like what he's had to deal with.

why was boston's big 3 more acceptable? because kg, allen, and pierce had lost for so many years leading up to their arrival together. perhaps lebron simply knew that he didn't want to end up like either of those three? why wait it out? why suffer through years of pain? there was no good way to leave cleveland, but his method was completely wrong. no one felt his pain, and most wanted to compare him to jordan. instead, he'll be scotty pippen to dewayne wade. (hasn't anyone else noticed wade gets all the calls like jordan?) lebron doesn't get the ref whistles like wade.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:44 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

I love how all these James sack lickers are now trying to rewrite history. The Cavs made free agent and trade deadline moves nearly every year in an attempt to appease James, and he pushed for damn near every one of them. The Cavs had a chance to sign Larry Hughes, Michael Redd, or Joe Johnson. James wanted Hughes. Can you imagine how many titles the Cavs might have won with James and Joe Johnson on the same team. The Cavs were about to sign Matt Barnes, but James refused to tell Barnes if he was staying or not. The Cavs signed Shaq because James wanted him. The Cavs traded for Antawn Jameson and not Amare Stoudemire because James would not tell Amare if he was staying or leaving.

The other rewriting of history is the big lie that "LeBron left and the Cavs were the worst team in the NBA" argument. The Cavs team from last year was nothing like the Cavs teams with LeBron. Shaq left, Z left, Delonte left, Mo Williams missed a good portion of the season, Jameson missed a good portion of the season, and Anderson Varejao missed the entire season.

I actually thank LeBron for his decision. I haven't watched one NBA game this year that the Cavs weren't involved in and to tell you the truth I haven't missed it one bit. The NBA is dead to me. Players teaming up to try to take the easy path to a championship (James, Bosh, Carmelo, soon Chris Paul and Dwight Howard), a league full of unlikable tattooed thugs, owners moving their teams for purely selfish reasons (Charlotte Hornets, OKC, and Sacramento), a commissioner who I don't feel is trustworthy...

Good riddance NBA!

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:40 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

Sure makes it easier right now to say these things but after DA BULLS knock the heat out of the playoffs he will be singing another tune.  He is the Dan marino of Basketball....LaChoke will NEVER win one.

Since: Jun 15, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:37 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

As a Cavs fan, I've moved on and hopefully in the next couple years we can get some hard nosed players that don't mind playing here and can bring a championship.  It looks like it's an easy ride now for the Heat to win it this year.  Deep down I'm still pulling for those other 2 teams that they will have to face.  I just can't believe that after how he helped organized everything that in his first year down there it would be a happy ending for him.  At least make him wait another 2 years for a championship lol.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:18 am

LeBron James apologizes for "The Decision"

He left Cleveland and it was his god given right, The way he did it bothered a lot of people including myself. Not just as a Cleveland Fan but as a fan of Sports. But That is all in the past.. Its over. But come on, After beating the Celtics hes gonna come out with an apology to CLEVELAND? First of all if he was gonna do it at all he should have done it when he left.... 2nd, Id rather him never mutter the word Cleveland ever again,  then hear him say it after He beats Boston with another team. Thats like apologizing to your Ex Wife during a speech at your 2nd wedding. Poor taste. Relish in the fact that you won with the Heat and enjoy it with your current team.  Leave the city of Cleveland out of your vocabulary. We dont need an apology...especially now.

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