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July 11, 2014

Lebron’s decision almost as big of a joke as the last one

DUNCAN — Four years ago, America and the rest of the world got to “Witness” one of the most divisive and unique events in the history of sports.

There will never be another “Decision.” It’s almost impossible to believe there was one in the first place.

One man stringing fans, owners and certain World-Wide-Leader-in-Sports television stations along as he goes through the process of deciding where he wants to work next.

It was perhaps the most egocentric move in the history of television, stopping the entire sporting world for an hour while James explained a simple decision that could have taken five seconds.

“Let’s change the channel. This is pointless, you can find out tomorrow,” my dad said as he sat back in his living room chair.

“But this is history,” I countered, laughing as Lebron continued to drag out a television show that was probably drawing the same ratings as that years NBA Finals.

I didn’t know how right I was. One day those who watched will tell our grandchildren about a guy who took over an entire network, chuckling as we say “I’m taking my talents to south beach.”

It was all just a joke, and no matter how many championships Lebron won in Miami (not one, not two, not three...), he will always be the punchline.

Baby ‘Bron ‘Bron taking the spotlight to tell all about why he chose what he did and making sure nobody’s feelings were hurt.

But ultimately, people’s feelings were hurt. Cleveland was devastated, as their savior turned down the beachfront of Lake Erie for the coastline of the Atlantic. After four years, Cleveland has rebounded and with one of the worst teams in the NBA looks poised to win James back (They weren’t hurt bad enough that they don’t want him back apparently).

That brings us to today. James learned from his mistake and isn’t having a “Decision” again. However, behind the scenes he’s returned to his old egotistical form. The love of making people wait, want and plead for him has become his aphrodisiac. The king has to be courted by many jesters before he can make a decision that is again quite simple.

Stay with the Heat and win, or go to another team and win.

Let’s not be foolish. Despite his inability to keep to himself his private decisions, wherever James goes he’ll be successful. He turned a team headlined by Anderson Varejao and Zyndrunas Ilgauskas into one of the best in the NBA, and he’s become an even better player since then.

It’s simply not possible for a team that has James to not be competing for championships. That’s what makes this second decision even more pathetic.

But as my dad said four years ago, “Lebron’s got to do what Lebron’s got to do.”

I just hope it happens soon so we have another four years before James next ego-trip.

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