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: July 10, 2010, 04:20:04 PM

This has made the news over here, can someone explain why it's such a big friggin deal?

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#1 : July 10, 2010, 04:25:27 PM

Well, Miami wasn't that bad with just D Wade. An Lebron is basically the second coming of Jordan to some fans.

They are now THE team to beat in the East. As of right now, even LA might actually be a less talented team than Miami.


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#2 : July 10, 2010, 04:43:01 PM

Well, Miami wasn't that bad with just D Wade. An Lebron is basically the second coming of Jordan to some fans.

They are now THE team to beat in the East. As of right now, even LA might actually be a less talented team than Miami.

Well that won't matter till the play-offs, surely. And having the best players does not guarantee success...witness Real Madrid's trophy cabinet since buying one C. Ronaldo last summer.

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#3 : July 10, 2010, 04:45:46 PM

This has made the news over here, can someone explain why it's such a big friggin deal?

It would be like Babe Ruth or Joe Montana being traded in his prime. He's considered by a lot of people to be the best player in the game right now, back to back MVP's and ridiculous numbers and is a very clutch player. Not only was he considered the best but he was playing for his hometown team and promised them a championship and  seemed like he enjoyed playing there albeit without winning a championship. Now, with the eyes of the world watching (because he and his agent wanted it that way) he decides to follow the other top two FA's and go to Miami, leaving his hometown team without a star player or championship during his tenure (this being a city that hasn't won anything worthwhile since the 60's) Writers and mostly Cleveland fans (and owners) think it was a shady and cowardly move and now hate their once loved star. And now, in Miami you have three of the best players in the game along with a couple mid level guys they are trying to get. They are being dubbed the SuperFriends because the rumor was the three of them all got together and decided they would all go to the same place. So, the world made a huge deal out of where they all go (especially LeBron or "King James" as the scolded serfs of Cleveland called him). Now they are on a super-team but they have no bench whatsoever and people are wondering if the star power is enough to bring the Heat back to the championship or if it will be the biggest mistake in basketball history. This of course is my paraphrasing of the situation and how I see it.

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#4 : July 10, 2010, 04:50:27 PM

This has made the news over here, can someone explain why it's such a big friggin deal?

It would be like Babe Ruth or Joe Montana being traded in his prime. He's considered by a lot of people to be the best player in the game right now, back to back MVP's and ridiculous numbers and is a very clutch player. Not only was he considered the best but he was playing for his hometown team and promised them a championship and  seemed like he enjoyed playing there albeit without winning a championship. Now, with the eyes of the world watching (because he and his agent wanted it that way) he decides to follow the other top two FA's and go to Miami, leaving his hometown team without a star player or championship during his tenure (this being a city that hasn't won anything worthwhile since the 60's) Writers and mostly Cleveland fans (and owners) think it was a shady and cowardly move and now hate their once loved star. And now, in Miami you have three of the best players in the game along with a couple mid level guys they are trying to get. They are being dubbed the SuperFriends because the rumor was the three of them all got together and decided they would all go to the same place. So, the world made a huge deal out of where they all go (especially LeBron or "King James" as the scolded serfs of Cleveland called him). Now they are on a super-team but they have no bench whatsoever and people are wondering if the star power is enough to bring the Heat back to the championship or if it will be the biggest mistake in basketball history. This of course is my paraphrasing of the situation and how I see it.

Why on earth did Cleveland allow him to leave? I assume his contract was up?

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#5 : July 10, 2010, 04:51:12 PM

Well, Miami wasn't that bad with just D Wade. An Lebron is basically the second coming of Jordan to some fans.

They are now THE team to beat in the East. As of right now, even LA might actually be a less talented team than Miami.

Well that won't matter till the play-offs, surely. And having the best players does not guarantee success...witness Real Madrid's trophy cabinet since buying one C. Ronaldo last summer.

Different sport altogether.

Basketball teams have been known in the past few years to have two main guys..and a bunch of cheaper-paid players to get it done. It started way before Scotty and Mike even.

Those two, at their talent level, (if they don't implode) should damn-near be unstoppable imo. An Wade is pretty humble as far as a high-paid basketball player goes so that shouldn't be an issue.

pssst... One tiny little detail.. Let me whisper it to you... (Anyone who gets Lebron would automatically be better. He had NOTHING where he was.) It's really that simple. In my mind, if he went to the Bulls, it wouldn't have been that big of a deal.


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#6 : July 10, 2010, 04:52:29 PM

This has made the news over here, can someone explain why it's such a big friggin deal?

It would be like Babe Ruth or Joe Montana being traded in his prime. He's considered by a lot of people to be the best player in the game right now, back to back MVP's and ridiculous numbers and is a very clutch player. Not only was he considered the best but he was playing for his hometown team and promised them a championship and  seemed like he enjoyed playing there albeit without winning a championship. Now, with the eyes of the world watching (because he and his agent wanted it that way) he decides to follow the other top two FA's and go to Miami, leaving his hometown team without a star player or championship during his tenure (this being a city that hasn't won anything worthwhile since the 60's) Writers and mostly Cleveland fans (and owners) think it was a shady and cowardly move and now hate their once loved star. And now, in Miami you have three of the best players in the game along with a couple mid level guys they are trying to get. They are being dubbed the SuperFriends because the rumor was the three of them all got together and decided they would all go to the same place. So, the world made a huge deal out of where they all go (especially LeBron or "King James" as the scolded serfs of Cleveland called him). Now they are on a super-team but they have no bench whatsoever and people are wondering if the star power is enough to bring the Heat back to the championship or if it will be the biggest mistake in basketball history. This of course is my paraphrasing of the situation and how I see it.

Why on earth did Cleveland allow him to leave? I assume his contract was up?

Correct. He was a free agent and Cleveland offered all they could to get him back, along with teams like the Knicks, Nets (along with Jay-Z), the Bulls and Clippers

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#7 : July 10, 2010, 04:55:23 PM

Well, Miami wasn't that bad with just D Wade. An Lebron is basically the second coming of Jordan to some fans.

They are now THE team to beat in the East. As of right now, even LA might actually be a less talented team than Miami.

Well that won't matter till the play-offs, surely. And having the best players does not guarantee success...witness Real Madrid's trophy cabinet since buying one C. Ronaldo last summer.

Different sport altogether.

Basketball teams have been known in the past few years to have two main guys..and a bunch of cheaper-paid players to get it done. It started way before Scotty and Mike even.

Those two, at their talent level, (if they don't implode) should damn-near be unstoppable imo. An Wade is pretty humble as far as a high-paid basketball player goes so that shouldn't be an issue.

pssst... One tiny little detail.. Let me whisper it to you... (Anyone who gets Lebron would automatically be better. He had NOTHING where he was.) It's really that simple. In my mind, if he went to the Bulls, it wouldn't have been that big of a deal.

Is he that good then? Might have to watch some this season.

Oh and thanks anterrabae33.

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#8 : July 10, 2010, 05:03:08 PM

Well, Miami wasn't that bad with just D Wade. An Lebron is basically the second coming of Jordan to some fans.

They are now THE team to beat in the East. As of right now, even LA might actually be a less talented team than Miami.

Well that won't matter till the play-offs, surely. And having the best players does not guarantee success...witness Real Madrid's trophy cabinet since buying one C. Ronaldo last summer.

Different sport altogether.

Basketball teams have been known in the past few years to have two main guys..and a bunch of cheaper-paid players to get it done. It started way before Scotty and Mike even.

Those two, at their talent level, (if they don't implode) should damn-near be unstoppable imo. An Wade is pretty humble as far as a high-paid basketball player goes so that shouldn't be an issue.

pssst... One tiny little detail.. Let me whisper it to you... (Anyone who gets Lebron would automatically be better. He had NOTHING where he was.) It's really that simple. In my mind, if he went to the Bulls, it wouldn't have been that big of a deal.

Is he that good then? Might have to watch some this season.

Oh and thanks anterrabae33.

No problem. And as much as I hate him and think that he will never win a championship because of how he plays, skill-wise he IS that good.

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#9 : July 10, 2010, 05:07:41 PM

"Is he that good then?"

He's a special player. 6'9", 250 lbs with speed and power, along with being very athletic. He's put up great numbers his whole career (3rd highest points per game average in NBA history). Holds several NBA records, like youngest to 15,000 career points and youngest to score 40 in a game. He is (or was) the difference between Cleveland being a run of the mill team and one of the elite.

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#10 : July 10, 2010, 05:30:13 PM



A lone passerby looks up at the giant banner of Cavaliers basketball star LeBron James on Friday, July 9, 2010, in Cleveland, Ohio, the day after James announced that he would be signing a contract for the upcoming season to join the Miami Heat. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)



LeBron's mural coming down in Cleveland
By TOM WITHERS (AP) – 2 hours ago

CLEVELAND — LeBron James is being dropped off a building. Workers began dismantling the 10-story-tall iconic image of James on a mural in downtown Cleveland on Saturday. The billboard has dominated the city's skyline for years but is being removed after the superstar announced he was leaving the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat.

As strips of the image of James, his arms outstretched and head thrown back after doing his pregame powder toss, began coming off, pedestrians stopped on Ontario Street to take photos and cars pulled to the side for one last look at No. 23, who has gone from being a hometown hero to villain.

"We are removing the LeBron James Witness mural in downtown Cleveland and expect the process to be completed within a few days," Nike spokesman KeJuan Wilkins said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Wilkins said he does not yet know what the company's plans are with the gigantic sign, which includes the phrase: "We Are All Witnesses" over James' image.

On Friday, several fans gathered on the sidewalk outside the Landmark Office Tower as workers prepared to remove the billboard.

"My mom wanted us to get a picture of it before they brought it down," said Kayla Mack of Norwalk, Ohio. "It's very bittersweet."

After James announced his decision to leave Cleveland as a free agent Thursday night, some irate Cavs fans feeling betrayed by the Akron native they've cheered for since he was a teenager, burned the two-time MVP's jersey. Others hurled rocks at the mural, which towers over the corners of Ontario and Prospect avenues — a long 3-pointer from Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers.

Elsewhere, James jerseys — the ones not on fire — can be found at discounted rates as merchants look to get rid of their inventories of Cleveland's career scoring leader and arguably the most celebrated pro athlete in the city's history.

At **CENSORED**'s Sporting Goods in Westlake, James jerseys have been reduced to $29.99 with the store offering a further 75 percent reduction. T-shirts and other merchandise with James' face or number on it are also at bargain prices.

Businesses are also offering perks in exchange for James' jersey. At McNulty's Bier Market in Ohio City, anyone turning in a James jersey or T-shirt got a free beer. Anyone with a T-shirt, hat or tattoo featuring another Cleveland sports star got a free second round.

In addition, Fathead.com, an online retailer owned by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert dropped the price of its LeBron Fathead wall decals from $99.99 to $17.41, which happens to be the same year Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold was born.

Following James' announcement to join fellow free-agent stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, Gilbert posted letter to Cleveland fans, ripping James for "a several-day narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of the decision unlike anything ever 'witnessed' in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment."

Later, in an interview with the AP, Gilbert accused James of quitting in the playoffs the past two seasons.

"LeBron James needs to go to another team with two superstars already so he can win a championship," Gilbert said. "We will win a championship before (the Heat) do. ... It's not about him leaving. It's the disrespect. It's time for people to hold these athletes accountable for their actions. Is this the way you raise your children? I've been holding this all in for a long time."

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#11 : July 11, 2010, 01:36:46 AM

This has made the news over here, can someone explain why it's such a big friggin deal?
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#12 : July 11, 2010, 02:02:29 AM

If you follow Basketball then you should know.

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#13 : July 11, 2010, 04:23:47 AM

If you follow Basketball then you should know.

Players of any sport move on, it's nature for them to follow trophies and/or the $$$. Why the mass surprise is what's getting me.

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#14 : July 11, 2010, 11:15:59 AM

Miami still can't beat LA.
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