Before LeBron made his decision, I said that choosing Miami would immediately eliminate him from any ‘Greatest of All Time’ discussions that he was heading towards. He forfeited that on Thursday night. He surrendered his chance to be part of a Michael/Kobe/LeBron discussion. It’s just Michael and Kobe now.
It’s disappointing that the most physically gifted athlete in NBA history is not a killer like Michael was and Kobe is.
In fact, should the Heat and Lakers meet in next season’s NBA Finals, I’m rooting *hard* for L.A. And that’s not because he rejected the Bulls. It’s because I have a million times more respect for Kobe than I do LeBron.
My favorite person in sports media is Dan Bernstein. And this is what he wrote today about LeBron’s decision.
Lebron James made his decision, and now we make ours.
I have decided that my assessment of him as a competitor and sportsman was wrong.
I have decided to remove him from discussions regarding the greatest champions of NBA history — regardless of the number of titles won by the Heat — since he has made it clear he wants us to do so.
I have decided that the positioning of children near oneself to deflect, dilute or absorb negativity is repugnant.
I have decided that his description of the process as “humbling” is an insult to anyone who has been even casually aware of what has transpired.
I have decided that it would please me to see Stuart Scott’s face and fingers eaten by a chimpanzee.
And I have decided what is most discordant — the existence of an hour-long television special indulging the vainglory of a self-titled “king,” who later explained his choice of teams thusly: “We don’t have the pressure of going out and scoring 30 every night or shooting a high percentage.”
I have decided that I have little respect for that.
You may be quick to dismiss these thoughts as mere sour grapes upon the Bulls being spurned, but there were several other possible choices that would have allowed him to retain his trajectory toward the Mount Rushmore of the NBA. Instead, he stepped off that path.
And his words were even worse than the decision itself.
That about sums it up. LeBron will get his championships. But he’s no longer The King.