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CBS blogger eviscerates LeBron James

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Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports offered up this marvelous opinion of LeBron James’ looming free agency:

Because in LeBron’s view, the projections don’t work. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will make too much money, eat into too much of the salary cap, for whatever production they’ll give the Heat after the 2013-14 season. Bosh just isn’t as good as LeBron (and the rest of us) thought in 2010, and Wade is getting old, fast. Wade has another few good years left, but he doesn’t have any great years left. He’s still capable of an occasional great game, but those will become less frequent. And less great.

And LeBron didn’t come to Miami for this.

He didn’t come to Miami for it to be hard. He came to Miami because he wanted it easy. He wanted a sure thing. Compete for NBA titles? He already had that in Cleveland. He’d have that anywhere he goes, because any roster with LeBron James will compete for an NBA title. That 2009 team in Cleveland was terrible, utter dreck, except for LeBron. And that team won 66 games and reached the Eastern Conference Finals.

LeBron doesn’t want to compete for titles. He wants to win titles, and that’s not a subtle distinction. His remarks to ESPN confirmed he’s the same corner-cutting guy he was in 2010 when he teamed up with Wade and Bosh, the other top free agents on the market.

So let me say this just one more time, and get it out of my system: LeBron wants to rig the game. He says he “would love to spend the rest of my career in Miami,” but ignores the fact that nobody’s stopping him. The Heat would sign him to a lifetime extension this second, if he’d do it. But he won’t, because he wants to see what the Heat will do with Bosh and Wade. He wants to see how easy the Heat will make it for LeBron to win titles in 2015 and beyond before he decides to sign the extension he could have signed yesterday.

So well done, Mr. Doyel. Can you imagine such insight and opinion coming out of anyone at ESPN?

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  • Frank Aziza

    I thought that was a no brainer from the decision on. Lebron didn’t want to have to beat the best, he wanted the best on his team. Jordan didn’t wanna team up with Bird or Magic, he wanted to beat them. Big difference!!!!

    • adam

      very well said!

  • Tommy_Heinsohn

    Lebron is going to drag this free agency thing out as long as he can. There’s nothing Lebron loves more than being in the spotlight (well maybe other than referring to himself in the third person). Remember the dunk contest when Lebron came out and stole the spotlight by saying he would participate in the next contest? And then didn’t… This pompous punk has gotten all the attention ever since he was a kid, he’s no King, Lebron is a spoiled prince….

    End of rant.

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  • eddysamson

    He’s totally going back to Cleveland.

  • Rich Jensen

    If LeBron’s taking HGH, and the distortions of his face over the last several years and that tumor on his jaw suggest it, he’s gonna get old in a hurry just like D-Wade did.

  • zippittyay

    For Lebron, it’s always been and always will be all about Lebron.

  • adam

    so he is going to come play with rondo, green and olnyck? :-X

    • KGino

      I wouldn’t take Lebron if he played here for free

  • Mike

    You’ll never see an article as critical as this about Lebron James. Forget about ESPN writing an article similar to Doyle’s, because they’re in bed with James and his people. If people don’t think Lebron wouldn’t cut and run from Miami, then I have a bridge to sell you. Heat bandwagons and others a like better pray James doesn’t leave.

    I agree with Doyle’s assessment about Lebron’s tenure in Cleveland, his situation wasn’t as bad as some might think or want to believe. Lebron’s Cavs were contending since 2007, they went to the Finals in ’07, semi-finals in ’08, conference-finals in ’09 and semi’s again in ’10. Those Cavs teams weren’t great, but good enough to compete in a weak eastern conference. Lebron’s problem wasn’t his Cavs teammates, his problem was the Celtics being a road block.

    Lebron teamed up with Wade and Bosh, because he couldn’t get pass the Celts without help. Don’t believe me? Well look it up on YouTube, Lebron openly admitted during a postgame interview after game 5 of the 2011 semi-finals. Lebron knew he couldn’t get pass the Celtics unless he teamed up with 2 more all-stars. Lebron’s Cavaliers were in better position to contend than Wade’s Heat and Bosh’s Raptors.

  • KGino

    “…And Lebron gets up, ‘WHAT ARE YOU DOING CALLING A FOUL ON THE GREST LEBRON!!'” – 1 of Tommy’s top 3 calls of all time

  • Celticsfanatic

    Too bad LeBron’s teams were overmatched in both of the last two years and he still won.

  • jrleftfoot

    I`m not impressed by mind readers unless the have clairvoyant bona fides. There is no reason on earth for James to limit his life options by signing a new deal now. this article is crap.

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