Cohen’s Analysis: James met with several teams that July, including the Heat, Knicks, Nets, Bulls, Clippers and, of course, the Cavaliers. In the days leading up to his now infamous decision, nobody truly seemed to know what direction he would go in.
After Pat Riley managed to clear up enough cap space to form a mighty Big Three in Miami, LeBron decided to bolt Cleveland and pass up on the bigger markets to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
On one hand, you can’t suggest it was the “wrong” decision considering James has won two NBA titles, two MVPs and continues to make remarkable individual improvements since arriving in South Beach. It’s also noteworthy that he has achieved all that without “superstar” performances from Wade and Bosh in the playoffs.
On the other hand, you can’t help but wonder if LeBron’s seemingly now inevitable success would have been more empowering to his career if he had stayed in Cleveland or became the king of New York.
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