Easy decision for LeBron James

By Mike Tuck
Host, Tuck & O'Neill

It was called “The Decision,” but didn’t seem that tough in retrospect.  Stay in Cleveland, or go play with your buddies, who are also superstars, in sunny South Beach?  I know where I would have taken my talents.

By most people’s measures, the most important thing for any athlete to do is: WIN.  LeBron James actually chose the path that would lead to winning the easiest.  How can you argue otherwise?  The man chose friendships, fun, and winning!

IF he stays in Cleveland, then he might be loyal, but he also might be chicken and foolish.  He spent 7 years there.  He saw what they did for him.  They tried, and tried, and tried, and failed.  He could allow them to try again to pick his teammates, or he could pick his own.  Which would you choose?

IF he goes to New York, then he is after fame ahead of all else. 

IF he goes to Chicago, then he really is obsessed with copying Jordan.

IF he goes to New Jersey, then, well, he goes to New Jersey?  Brooklyn still a couple years away and who else is he playing with?  Kim Kardashian’s fiance?

IF he goes to Miami, then he played with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. 

July 8, 2010 was one of the most fascinating days involving a sports figure that didn’t involve a game.  No matter how you feel or felt…you did feel. 

I don’t know about him, but I don’t regret anything that happened a year ago.  It was great theatre and great for the sport. 

And I really think it was an easy decision.  I wonder how many of us in his shoes would have chosen differently?  You can be critical of how he made the choice, but the choice itself is tough to bash.

For those that worry about his legacy and that joining or seeking help hurts him, I say rubbish.  What hurts is not showing up in the Finals.  That hurts.  But if he had played the way he did for most of the playoffs, leading the Heat in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals then we’d remember him as Finals MVP and World Champion.  Start slapping 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…you get the idea, of those together and the only thing that would change about his legacy is that he would go from a stat machine to a one of the greats ever who played on one of the greatest teams ever.

That could still be the case.  Judging whether it was the best decision obviously depends on him and the Heat’s success moving forward.  I am not saying that will happen, just that it still could.  Oddsmakers have Miami as the favorite going into next year so I would say if he wanted to win, he made a pretty good decision.