The LeBron James thing has been played (and re-played) over and over again non-stop. As Rock said in his summer league post, we can’t promise we are done yet either as details come out. But now for something totally different with less hatred than most postings, let me suggest how it should have gone. It is time to stop analyzing it and restating the same things over and over again. Just wanted to put together, simply and easily, what LeBron could have done to make it slightly more palatable. It still would have tasted about as good as a plate of cow feces, but instead of shoving my face in it at least let me eat it with a knife and fork, right? Right???!?!!? OK, that was a bad metaphor. Anyway…
This is assuming LeBron truly did make his decision sometime either Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Obviously the authenticity of that fact is somewhat questionable, but let’s just assume that LeBron wanted to make his announcement in a relatively similar time frame. Here is how I think it should have gone down.
Thursday Morning at, say 10 AM, LeBron should have called the Cavaliers and the rest of his suitors first thing and told them “Thanks, but I am going to Miami.” Obviously LeBron should call Dan Gilbert personally and probably all the rest of the teams too.
The news would have started leaking through Twitter and onto the Blackberries and iPhones of NBA reporters. It wouldn’t matter.
10:30 AM LeBron should have done a press release that stated the following:
“After much soul-searching, I have decided to join the Miami Heat.
I would like to take a moment to thank Dan Gilbert and all the fans back in Cleveland and most importantly my hometown of Akron. The Cavs family has been so supportive of me over the years, and Dan Gilbert, Danny Ferry and Mike Brown worked hard to enable us to compete for championships. I am just sorry we didn’t get it done.
I also want to thank all the other teams that spent time with me last week in the free agency process. All the teams that came to Cleveland to present have great things to offer, and I know that it won’t be easy for the Heat to compete with you all in the coming years.
Ultimately, though, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to play with two players of the caliber of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. They are two of the greatest basketball players on earth and it will be very special for me to share the court with them on a nightly basis. Also, I felt that the experience and expertise of Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra really put the situation in Miami over the top.
I would also like to thank my mom, girlfriend and kids. They have been very supportive and understanding as I went through all the life-changing options presented by my free agency. We are all looking forward to making Miami a part of our lives the way Cleveland and Akron have been.
Friday night at 9 PM the Miami Heat will throw a party at American Airlines Arena for the fans. You can watch the festivities on ESPN at 9:00 PM. Portions of the advertising proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America thanks to Vitamin Water, The University of Phoenix, and Nike.”
And that’s it. LeBron could have done an interview with ESPN or SportsCenter, or just held off until the Sunday Conversation, which he did anyway. Ultimately, if LeBron had done things this way it still would have been the biggest story in America. LeBron would have avoided all the negative publicity he has taken the last few days. Dan Gilbert wouldn’t have felt disrespected and wouldn’t have ever sent that heated email after being forced to watch LeBron’s decision on ESPN.
Last but not least, LeBron wouldn’t have done “The Decision” which seemed to everyone watching was built around nothing more than Cleveland’s misery. The ignorance of using the same wording as every one of Cleveland’s sports nightmares was tragically ignorant if not horribly vindictive.
Hindsight as they say…