“THE DECISION” is madeJuly 9th, 2010 at 2:57 pm by Leila Rahimi under Sports
After a few hours of sitting with “THE DECISION” I’ve come to a few conclusions about LeBron James’ move to Miami.
First, if someone told you that you could go to Miami and work with your friends and that you could be the best in whatever business you were in, that doesn’t sound like a bad deal. And similar to Texas, Florida doesn’t have a state income tax. I imagine that when you make over $100 million a year, that state income tax can take a toll.
But did James need to come out on television, a la National Signing Day (which he never got to do) and announce to his hometown that he wasn’t going to stay there anymore?
Because whether James likes it or not, he basically told Cavs fans that Miami is a better place than Cleveland. And he did it publically. That’s what you do if you want to stay at home. It’s not what you do if you want to leave.
Maybe ESPN should have done a “Where in the World is LeBron James?” like that old Carmen San Diego show and then he could have just popped up on camera from Miami with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, waving at the lens while we all watched on TV. That would have been less painful for Ohio, which has suffered a lot through this recession, and didn’t need this on top of it.
Perhaps this is what happens when mega-stars try to identify with the public. They think doing something like this would help them re-connect. That live television would give James a way to explain why he did what he did. And James did his best. But like my old high school editor said, “It’s not what you say, but how you say it.” And James said enough after his first sentence.