Amen, Doug.I must say that I do miss the good ole days (meant as
open-ended and subjective).
I am not a LeBron fan, and found the whole "the decision" thing
ridiculous. But I can't blame him for doing what was in his own self
interest. There was nothing illegal or immoral in what he did. And why is it the
"right way" to stay on the same team for their whole career and build a
team with only players you drafted? Don't get me wrong, I respect stars who
stay on the same team their whole career. And I suppose it is more the
"traditional" way. But that does not make building a team through free
agency wrong. Contracts run out. And when they do, players should do what is
best for them.One more thing, the author should work on his analogy
of Jordan not going after Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to join up with him, as
it is not comparable given who James teamed up with. Larry Bird +
Magic Johnson >> Dwayne Wade + Chris BoshAnd don't
forget that Jordan already had another legitimate all star (and future Hall of
Famer and top 50 ever player) in Scottie Pippen as part of his supporting cast,
making it less tempting to move elsewhere.
Karl Malone had a small ego problem.Michael Jordan had a large ego
problem.LeBron James has a "supersized big gulp" ego sized
problem.I like good basketball, just NOT the egos that the
multi-millionaires seem to have that go with their good basketball.
who ever score the most points wins. Popularity contest is not involved.
Guess'n Robinson doesn't like the Yankees either, as they purchase the
best players with their bottomless payroll. I agree at least in part with
Robinson, as a fan of the underdogs of the world. It probably has something to
do with having been there, done that. Love the Spurs because of their team
approach, as they have their stars, but play as a team, all 5 players can score,
all play tough defense. The Star system works for me, as long as every player
is considered a star, respected for his/her abilities and contributions.
Lebron wants to play the villain card. And the league wants him to do it.
He's like the Yankees to most basketball fans. Best thing for the league
that could happen would be for him to lose this ring and then come back and win
another. People would flock then to see who can beat him. You need someone
powerful to root against, but they need to be vulnerable at times too. Almost
everyone of course wants the Heat to lose. Go Spurs!
Don't I remember something about the "honorable" Spurs tanking the
1996, 1997 season to get a shot at drafting Duncan?
A couple issues with this article."James stacked the deck so he
could win a championship." So what? He took less money so he could play on
a better team. Have any of you ever left a job so you could work for a
different company with more growth potential, better coworkers, better
management, etc.? According to Doug Robinson this is wrong. According to Doug
Robinson this is "stacking the deck.""Imagine picking
your team on the playground and getting the first three picks; how fair is
that?" This is a complete straw man argument. Of course this scenario
isn't fair, but guess what? This isn't picking teams on the
playground. This is the NBA. LeBron didn't break any rules...neither did
the Heat. Everybody operated within the rules established by the NBA. The Heat
(and LeBron) built their team through free agency, the draft, and the salary cap
just like everyone else had the opportunity to do.I'm no Heat
fan - far from it. But this article is the worst of the sour grapes.
Doug,This is LeBron's 5th final. He's won two. He's
the best in the world doing what he loves. He'll earn $500+ million before
he's done. What have you done to make your opinion of him relevant?
I'm not a heat fan, but I completely disagree. Who are we to get mad at
Lebron for doing what was best for him and his family? The world has such a
negative view against his move. I don't see people freaking out at google
for acquiring different assets/companies. Its a great business move. In
economics you learn that merging is better for a company/individual. Tim Duncan
missed a championship winning lay up last year and no one seemed to care. Lebron
gets cramps and the whole world go bonkers. I think we are trying to judge a guy
for doing whats best for him and his family. Doug (the writer of this article)
I'm pretty sure at some point in time, you left a job you were at or made a
hard decision to take your job with the Deseret News. Why? Because its what you
thought would be best for you and your family. It would hopefully make you more
money and lead to a successful career. Why let bitterness, spite, and jealousy
get in the way of being happy for someone who made a good business move?
Maybe free-agents should be put back through a free-agent draft, where the teams
who need them can get them, instead of the teams with the most money that want
to build an all-star team.LA is notorious for this (Miami has
adopted the same strategy). The salary cap means nothing to them. They make
more money from the playoff games and possibly winning the championship than
they penalty for exceeding the salary cap. That penalty means nothing to them.
The TV contract pays it. They make more than the penalty in a week of
endorsement deals for their all-star players.The real thing that
bothers me is... this league of normal teams vs the all-star teams in LA, NY,
Chicago and Miami.... is just a business, not a sport. You win by throwing the
most money around... not by equal teams and players playing the hardest when any
given night any team could win.
Re: Brave Sir RobinIf memory serves me correctly, his net went up
exponentally because of the favorable tax treatment he could obtain in Florida.
Essentially giving him a big raise. His income still doesn't match his
The article is ridiculous. Agreed that the decision was a fiasco and not fair
to the Cavaliers but he has since apologized for that and it did raise a lot of
money for charity. If Pat Riley had masterminded those three getting together
he would be lauded as GM of the century (much like Danny Ainge was when he got
Allen and Garnett to play with Pierce) but because the players orchestrated it
themselves they are circumventing the system? The fact is James realized you
need more than one star to win a championship and it wasn't going to happen
in Cleveland. Every team signs free agents hoping they will put them over the
top. Why are you upset that it worked for them?
I am sorry Doug that Lebron wanted to play for a winning franchise like the heat
and not the Utah jazz. It is to bad that a player would want to play for a
winning team. I cant understand why any player would ever want to do that.
I've never been a LeBron James fan either. Not because of how he pushed to
build the current team around him. There are other players in the league who
have done similar things. I just can't stand his attitude that he is
destined for greatness and everyone just needs to get out of his way or jump on
his coat tails.
@ 2 bits "Maybe free-agents should be put back through a free-agent draft,
where the teams who need them can get them, instead of the teams with the most
money that want to build an all-star team." I'm sorry but I want my
free agents to be free, not slaves to the league.
So many issues here. One that stuck out like a sore thumb is that Jordan did
not pick up Bird and Magic to make his team. Bosh and Wade are good, but
they're not in the same stratosphere as Bird and Magic. Maybe more like
Pippen and Horry. The equivalent to what he's stating would be LeBron
somehow getting on a team with players like Kobe and Durant. Then we're
getting closer (and I only mean closer) to your analogy.Additionally, Chicago and Cleveland aren't equivalent. Chicago is a
large metropolitan area where players are happy to live--it always attracts
talent. Cleveland? Not so much.Finally, I still don't get all
the hate for this guy. He's a team player, he's never had issues off
the court, he prioritizes family, and his level of arrogance will never reach
the same orbit as Jordan (seriously, the guy used his hall of fame speech to
call out some kid who made the basketball team ahead of him in high school).
Don't get me started....No question Lebron is the best player
in the NBA. Ok that's settled. Now about the NBA in general and how it
creates these mega-millionaires right out of high school. I stopped watching the
NBA for the most part after Stockton retired. Today there seems to be more and
more "LaBron's" who have nothing more than a high school
education(which you can tell when they are interviewed after games) and yet they
are built up to be these larger than life super stars which giant endorsement
deals to go along with there 200 million in salary. It says something about
America - how shallow and empty the culture is today - and how the younger crowd
(age 18-28) tend to know everything about the LaBron's and the pop-stars
but ZERO about the country they live in let alone it's history. Creating
these uneducated mega stars is a dangerous game because it cheapens the things
that really matter while wildly exagerating the value of a guy that can dunk the
basketball. I guess this is why so many pro athletes go broke soon after their
ball-skills leave them.
re: Fitness Freak[LeBron James has a "supersized big gulp"
ego sized problem.]Sadly, James & his buddy Manziel are par for
the course these days.
Business move? Hmmmm.... I'm with Doug on this one. "Taking less
money, to make a great business move... what's best for his family????
Let's see.... 5 million less from 20 million equals still... 3 squares and
a place to sleep. Comparing us taking less money to do what we do versus them
taking less works out differently for us... especially without the endorsements.
Loyalty to money and self v.loyalty to team, fans and organization is the
difference between the Heat and Spurs. You choose which one best represents
integrity. It stinks to me. To me they have become a team that is
fun to see lose. Sorry...Go Spurs! ( and anyone else that plays them for that
@truth in all its forms,So you're OK with SOME being "slaves"
to the league... just not others? What happened to truth in ALL it's forms?
Be consistent!It just seems consistent to me to have everybody in
the draft (not just new players).When somebody wants to leave their
team... they should go into a draft where all teams have a chance to get them
(not just the richest teams).When a team wants to get rid of a
player... they should put them in the draft. A team may want a veteran player
instead of a new rookie... this would give them the chance to get them (without
all the agents and money flying around).If it's good for
rookies... why not for everybody?=============If we want
small markets to compete in the league as more than farm-teams to teach new
players and let them prove themselves and the best players move on to the elite
teams... we need to make some changes.The season has become an
almost unimportant warm-up competition for the elite teams, and the Playoffs are
the real season (where the elite teams play).
How is Lebron putting together a dream team different than the Spurs putting
together a dream team? What was the argument behind this article? That it's
somehow bad to have multiple good players on a team? If the other teams
don't like it, it's not the Heat's job to slow down and give them
time to catch up.
You are right on with most of your points. LeBron is not the competitor Magic,
Bird, Jordan, Kobe, etc were. Really he wanted to be on a team with a couple of
his buddies in "South Beach" that could carry the load. He is a
great player that felt pressure to win championships as all the legends have
before. He'd hate to have his legacy tarnished by not having rings. So he
did take the easy way out. It's obvious there are some Utah fans on
here that are anti-Jordan and anti-Kobe, for obvious reasons. But to bash them
for having ego's and say that Karl didn't have one??? Please.
I've always thought Lebron schemed his way into the championships rather
than earned it. Look at the top paid NBA athletes: it was Kobe Bryant and Kevin
Garnett all through the 2000s (while winning championships). In 97-98, MJ made
more than TWICE as much as the #3 highest paid guy. These guys knew they were
worth the money, and could still win championships making that much. Lebron
knows he can't win, and has to take a huge pay cut to make it (he is the
9th highest paid NBA athlete, less than Pau Gasol, and $10 million less than
Kobe). The economics are there -- Lebron isn't worth the big $, at least he
doesn't believe he is.
I have to admit I root for San Antonio because by and large they developed their
talents with the team that drafted them. Miami meanwhile is just a group of guys
who have "taken their talents" to a convenient location to dominate the
What a bad article! Doug, your comparisons are unfair and irrelevant. James
handled the decision situation poorly, but that was due to bad advice by
sponsors and a young kid. You can't fault him for wanting to go to a better
job situation. Fault Pat Riley for building a team that was loaded, and for
getting them all to take less money to play together. James is from Cleveland,
and it was probably a tough decision to leave the town that all of his friends
and family lived in and favorite team since childhood.The Cavs' owner is a
horrible owner, and James saw that he was too cheap to give him any help.
Jordan, Johnson, and Bird; all played with multiple hall of famers, who did
James have? Johnson had Kareem, Wilkes,Cooper, Worthy, Green,.Bird had McHale,
Johnson, Ainge, Walton, Parish, Jordan had Pippen, Kukoc,
Rodman,Grant,Cartright, Purdue, Armstrong,and Longley. James had Mo Williams.
Many people change jobs to work for more money , work for a better boss, or have
co-workers that bring their careers to another level.