The Decision – Another way of looking at it
On July 8, 2010, LeBron James announced to the world that he was ‘taking his talents to south beach’, to play alongside Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, with the Miami Heat. This decision pissed off a lot of people and drew enormous criticism. However, I think the hate is BS, misplaced and not understood for what it really was and is. I have no issue with The Decision and here’s why.
Lebron James had played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, one of the worst run franchises in the NBA, for seven seasons and the team failed to properly develop him and/or surround him with the right mix of teammates and coaching that is necessary to win a championship. We will not debate this point here as that can be done later; this post is meant to address the decision. I will now show you why there is nothing wrong with the decision.
Critics lambasted Lebron for going on national television, commanding ratings, garnering the attention of the entire sports world and many others who would watch the announcement. But what these haters don’t realize is that their dislike of the decision is not about the decision or the manner in which he made the announcement. Subconsciously, they are not ok with a player, an employee, a young black man, taking responsibility for his own career, and taking the power away from the power structure, which is comprised mostly of older white men. Indulge me some more before you disagree. Hold on.
What if Lebron had done everything the same, but said, “I’m staying in Cleveland”? I bet you that everybody would have been perfectly OK with everything about ‘the decision’, if he announced that he was staying with the Cavs. These very same people who gave him severe backlash don’t give a shit when teams cut or trade players. That’s perfectly fine. But when a player gets smart and takes charge of his or her own career, that’s not cool.
I bet if Tom Brady had a major press conference and said, “I’m taking my talents to Tampa”, none of the people who dissed Lebron would have had an issue with it. What does that tell you about The Decision? It says that the hate is BS. Also, because Bron is black it’s an issue but if Tommy does the same thing it’s no big deal. And this is not racism, because many black people, including some former NBA players, criticized Lebron for his decision; but would have no issue if Tom Brady did the same thing. This is the vestiges of slavery, still with us too many years later.