LeBron James Announces Move To Miami Heat, Cavs Owner Calls Decision A ‘Betrayal’

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LeBron JamesLeBron James ended his silence surrounding his free agency decision with an hour-long special on ESPN on Thursday (July 8), shocking everyone when he revealed he will be joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in a Miami Heat uniform next NBA season.

King James told the world that he made the decision after an unsuccessful seven-year quest for the NBA championship he’s yet to taste.

“I can’t say it was always in my plans, because I never thought it was possible,” James said of the move to Miami. “But the things that the Miami Heat franchise have done, to free up cap space and be able to put themselves in a position this summer to have all three of us, it was hard to turn down. Those are two great players, two of the greatest players that we have in this game today.”

The trio played together in Beijing for the US Olympic basketball team and all helped bring home gold medals. Now, by teaming up again, they hope to bring home another type of gold — Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.

Wade has one title, earning it in 2006 with Shaq, but both Bosh and James have yet to enjoy a Finals victory just yet, which motivated both to move to a team they think they can accomplish it with.

“Winning is a huge thing for me,” James said.

But, by leaving Cleveland, the NBA superstar admits his hometown fans aren’t gonna take it well.

“They can have mixed emotions, of course,” James said, adding that Akron will “always be home for me.”

“It’s hard to explain, but at the same time, my heart — in the seven years I gave to that franchise, to that city — was everything,” he added. “Those 20,000+ fans that came out every night we planned, they seen me grow from an 18-year-old kid to a 25-year-old man. I never wanted to leave Cleveland. My heart will always be around that area. I also felt like this is the greatest challenge for me … is to move on.”

He’s right too. Shortly after his announcement Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted an open letter on the team’s website calling LeBron’s silence and TV announcement “narcissistic” and calculated as a “self-promotional build-up”.

Gilbert went on to call his departure from Cleveland a “cowardly betrayal”, and even accused him of quitting during the playoffs during a discussion with the Associated Press. The Cavs owner said King James quit on the team during their second-round series against the Boston Celtics, who rallied back from a 2-1 deficit to eliminate Cleveland.

“He quit,” Gilbert said of James’ performance. “Not just in Game 5, but in Games 2, 4 and 6. Watch the tape. The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar.”

Obviously bitter, Gilbert promised that his team would win an NBA championship before James does in Miami.

“I personally guarantee that the Cleveland Cavaliers will win an NBA championship before the self-titled ‘King’ wins one,” he wrote in his letter. “You can take it to the bank.”

Before ending his letter, Gilbert added that James’ “bad karma” will follow him to Miami, where he’ll be “cursed” with failed attempts at NBA titles just like in Cleveland.

By landing James, after garnering commitments from Wade and Bosh on Wednesday (July 7), the Miami Heat have snatched up three of the most sought after free agents at one time in the league’s history.

All three — James, Bosh and Wade — were drafted into the NBA in 2003 with the respective nos. 1, 4 and 5 picks in the 2003 draft.

With the formation of the trio, the Heat hopes they can form a dynasty in Miami.

So far this off-season, there’s been a few major moves. Amar’e Stoudemire opted to leave the Suns for New York, the utah Jazz’s Carlos Boozer left for the Chicago Bulls, and of course, Toronto’s Chris Bosh moved to Miami. For a full rundown of moves, trades, and deals, head over to NBA.com and check out their Free Agent Tracker.

The upcoming NBA season is going to be interesting.

12 comments
  1. I still can’t believe how the Cavs owner is lashing out at LBJ. Oh well, there’s rumors he’s gonna get a shoe contract and will be wearing retro Jordans next year, the same as DWade and Quentin Richardson.

  2. Good article. While I can understand why Dan Gilbert lashed out at LeBron, it’s a little low and very harsh. That being said, I have not approved of LeBron’s actions since the playoff series with the Celtics. If you would like to take a look at my blog (pardonmybias.com) please feel free. Here is the direct link to my post regarding LeBron and his legacy: http://pardonmybias.com/lebron-and-his-legacy-are-both-headed-south/

  3. When he makes announcement to move to miami,Everybody is in da world of shock after 7 seasons with Cleveland.It’s slap in a face for the people in Cleveland that are piss with LeBron James decision to walk away on his team for a new team? That’s not right but he’s making a hard for himself for the choice that he make to get more people mad evan harder.I wish Him well with da new team while his former team will deal though it without LEBron nxt season

  4. I don’t see what’s all the fuss is about, he’s makes a great highlight reel, but he still can’t win a championship. The people in Cleveland should know that these guys only care about money. His only loyality is to a dollar, not a hometown.

  5. I’m from Cleveland and I don’t think he did nothing wrong. Just cause he was born in this area doesn’t mean he owes us anything. How may of us are still with the same company we got our first job from straigt outta high school??? People move on for whatever reasons. Cleveland is just mad cause without him we have nothing left to brag about.

  6. The man has dreams and goals and he doesn’t feel that he can accomplish those by staying in Cleveland. So why is it wrong for him not to settle for less? Is he supposed to stay in Cleveland to make the city and the fans proud and then not be happy himself? A true fan of his game will be a Lebron fan where ever he plays.

  7. Iam from Cleveland and I said that he was leaving – I don’t blame him – If I had his skills and the offers and I was him I would leave Cleveland too. This is a cheap and depressing city – they are fickle and the only way you make it here is through prayer in the name of MY LORD Jesus the Christ. Go HEAD WITH YOU LIFE HONEY – Only GOD can judge you for now.

  8. Sounds to me like a spoiled brat billionaire owner who’s mad and frustrated because now he can’t profit millions upon millions using lebrons branding.Also might I add,why does cleveland feel so entitled?”Its a business people”I mean c’mon folks he trashed lebron about quiting but yet is pissed because he left?what a classless shameless idiot.He is acting like a scorned pysco who’s ex-wife just left him and he can’t handle it.Get a life and move on!

  9. Lebron,did what he felt was in his best interest to be a winner.That owner and those fans built up lebrons,”GIANT EGO”anointing him “the king”and being silent tounged when he made mistakes.Cleveland created a monster and now he’s gone.Besides…management sucks there and no big name free agent wants to play in ohio!!!

  10. First of all David Stern Should FINE DAN GILBERT 10% of Lebrons new contract for his stupid comments. He’s a big baby with no class and a very poor representative of his company. Gilberts comments, reaction,attitude only shows Lebron made the right choice. Lebron did to Gilbert what Gilbert would have done to him let’s face it Cleveland had a terrible coach in Mike Brown,Byron Scott’s better but Miami’s GREATER Het Lebron Wade Bosh Just WIN BABY WIN !!!!

  11. God gave Lebron to Cleveland for a little while just as he gave him to the heat. We have to enjoy the time we have with either athletes. Remember business is business. I am a die hard heat fan and I would like to welcome Lebron James and Chris Bosh to Miami. Warm Welcome.

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