sounds to me like sour grapes, Russ.
And, you’re funny about some of those players you mentioned. Did you forget that Ruth played for the Red Sox before being shipped to NY, and won championships with the Red Sox? Jordan retired, then played for the Washington Wizards. When he retired, pretty much everyone knew he’d be back.
I think Lebron did think about his decisions. He made the Cleveland Cavs a winner, made the owner a ton of money, and left to join a team that now has a legitimate shot to win a title (although they still are going to have to work for it). Cleveland Cavs are better today, right now without him, than before he arrived. He left the team in a better place than he picked it up.
You talk about players as if they have some responsibility to the city. They don’t. The owners have a responsibility to a city, but not the players. That’s why owners can get rid of players. Look how many players come and go from teams each season in a trade. Forget retirements and people who can’t make the cut, I’m talking about pro-athletes who will get traded this year and play for another team this year. No one seems to get pissed about that. But when a player chooses to leave, then its “wrong?”
Sorry, I’m not buying it.
I don’t know what you mean by “bought championships don’t mean anything.” Who does the buying Russ, the player, or the owners? The answer is, the owners. And Lebron didn’t take the highest contract. He went to the place he thought he’d be successful. That’s it. Whether he made the right decision will be left up to what happens over the next few seasons.
He’s not the first guy of his calibre to change teams. For all the hall of famer players you name that spent a career in one place, I can name more hall of famer players who spent a career on more than 1 team.
The ONLY problem I had with this whole Lebron thing, is the media attention. “The Decision.” What a joke! a 30 minute special on his decision? It was too much hype – especially since pretty much everyone knew what the decision would be! Plus, even with those three in Miami, they still might not be the best team in the Eastern Conference – an NBA championship is far from guaranteed.