July 8th, 2010
09:27 PM ET

LeBron James to play for Miami Heat

NBA free agent LeBron James announced Thursday that he will play for the Miami Heat in one of the most anticipated free-agent announcements in sports history.

James said he made his final decision Thursday morning, after speaking with his mother.

"Once I had that conversation with her I think I was set," James told sportscaster Jim Gray.

The six-time NBA all-star and two-time league MVP said the chance to play alongside fellow stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami affected his decision.

Editorial cartoons, billboards and even quips from President Obama have accompanied the courting of "King James."

Speculation began to intensify last week over where the NBA's most sought-after free agent would choose to play after he started meeting with six teams vying for him: the New York Knicks, the New Jersey Nets, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers - the team he has spent his entire career with.

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Rumors that the Miami Heat was the leading contender to grab James began to emerge this week, with Newsday's Alan Hahn tweeting the news after midnight Thursday.

In an interview in June with CNN's Larry King, James, 25, said Cleveland would have an "edge" if they tried to retain him after he became a free agent.

James has spent his entire seven-year career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted him out of high school in 2003.

"This city, these fans, I mean, have given me a lot in these last seven years... for me, it's comfortable," said James, who grew up in nearby Akron, Ohio. "I've got a lot of memories here. So it does have an edge."

But the six-time NBA all-star also said he's seeking an NBA title and wants to play with a team that can win more than one NBA championship. The Cavaliers were bounced from the second round of this year's playoffs by the Boston Celtics.

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  1. Albini

    So, someone explain to me why this one-hour ESPN special was necessary. Obviously the sponsors' generosity didn't go as far as merely donating the advertising funds to the Boys & Girls Club. This ESPN charade was a farce.

    July 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. newyorkcity

    Why not the knicks? You would have been the best player in the worlds best city, been able to take the nbas current worst team to the best with legit the most diehard and abundant fans ever to the top of the world. Miami, although amazingly fun, is a fake city built on money for flash not for proactive future oriented world habitants. Its a place to flaunt and party; as a 25 year old you better be careful. Come to the nets in 3 yrs and tear up the town, chill with jay z and put a new stadium on the map...otherwise end your career with bad knees UNDER wade.

    Good luck!

    July 8, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LebronHatesAmerica

    C.mon evrybody, chant along with me....
    "Hey, hey, LBJ, how many fans did you scew today"

    July 8, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LebronHatesAmerica

    100 million dollars...obscene
    Meanwhile a brilliant young mind struggles to get a grant for hers life-saving research. And a small business man cant get a $5000 loan.

    And couintless thousands of fans will pay higher ticket prices for their idol worship. Have fun, kids

    July 8, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joepok

    te quiro puta!!!! james bron lee on miami??? wow! it sucks a lot....wish him no luck! GO SPAIN fifa world cup south africa 2010

    July 9, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Frodo baggins

    Why is no news channel talking about the IRANIAN offer to help stop the oil leak?

    Just because they are under sanctions for whatever reasons sponsored by the US goverment does not mean they are barred to even help on matters that are now beyond the capacity of US government or BP.

    This is a Global Disaster. Stop being cynical about the Iranians and take their help. They are experts in this subject whether or not the US government agrees. Let political ego not compromise the interest of the ordinary Americans and the humanity at large.

    By refusing or rather not even acknowledging the help offered by Iran, the crisis is not going to be resolved anyways. It’s only worsening by the hour.

    The help offer by Iran is so strictly censored by the government that not even the so-called free press/media is talking about it.

    For more information Visit http://www.presstv.ir

    or simply search Google/Yahoo/bing for more on this help offer from Iran.

    share this information with as many people as you may

    July 9, 2010 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Eragon Arethron

    This is really strange. US can welcome Netanyahu who only wants to take from America viz. money, security guarantees, technology, defense equipment, charity etc. but is estranged with Ahmedinejad who wants to give help and expertise to stop this spill that has turned into an environmental disaster threatening global ecology.

    May good sense prevail and US accept the help offer from Iran.

    July 9, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gandalf

    US is so obsessed with Israel that it can see nothing beyond. Not even nations who want an opportunity to be friends of America.
    That be the case, Iran does not get any audience with the US government, media and planners.
    Otherwise, no wise government or nation would refuse Iranian help in containing this oil spill disaster.

    Iranians are willing to help. Are Americans willing to be friends?

    July 9, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. mother nature

    This is a Global Disaster. Stop being cynical about the Iranians and take their help. They are experts in this subject whether or not the US government agrees. Let political ego not compromise the interest of the ordinary Americans and the humanity at large.

    By refusing or rather not even acknowledging the help offered by Iran, the crisis is not going to be resolved anyways. It’s only worsening by the hour. The relief well and dispersents and etc etc are all lies. Neither US government nor BP knows wat to do about the leak. Eventually Mr. Prseident may decide to nuke the well. But that's even worse than the leak. The Gulf coast and its ecology would change for the next 10000 yrs if nuked. If the oil spill reached the northern parts of the Atlantic, it could disrupt the flow of ocean currents thereby adding to the global warming effects viz. El Nino, hurricanes etc.
    If the well is nuked, it will destry all ocean life in the gulf of mexico. So, the only logical way out is to take foreign help from nations that have the necessary skill, be it the enemy, for the greater good of humanity.

    The help offer by Iran is so strictly censored by the government that not even the so-called free press/media is talking about it.

    For more information Visit http://www.presstv.ir

    July 9, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Carmelia/Akron

    LeBron, I love you and support you to the fullest and given the chance, I'll follow you all over the world. But for now MIAMI is the place! I'm sure you have enough people around telling you the right decision was made. But from this loyal fan know this....SHOOT FOR THE STARS.......ALL OF THEM. You're a young man whose just starting out. Only those that truely love you will continue to support you. The brass/championship ring is at your fingertips......and it's your's for the taking. I wish you much success.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
    • rich

      Your right, shoot for the stars. But this whole thing stinks of underhanded deals and disloyalty. Lebron said it himself that all three players thought about playing on a team together back in the Olyimpics, and all three seemed to tank their teams seasons to this point.Lebron had the tools this past season but did just enough to keep his value up. He tanked the series with Boston. Best of luck, N O T!!!!!

      July 11, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. mother nature

    Watz wrong in taking IRAN's help?
    This is a Global Disaster. Stop being cynical about the Iranians and take their help. They are experts in this subject whether or not the US government agrees. Let political ego not compromise the interest of the ordinary Americans and the humanity at large.

    By refusing or rather not even acknowledging the help offered by Iran, the crisis is not going to be resolved anyways. It’s only worsening by the hour. The relief well and dispersents and etc etc are all lies. Neither US government nor BP knows wat to do about the leak. Eventually Mr. Prseident may decide to nuke the well. But that's even worse than the leak. The Gulf coast and its ecology would change for the next 10000 yrs if nuked. If the oil spill reached the northern parts of the Atlantic, it could disrupt the flow of ocean currents thereby adding to the global warming effects viz. El Nino, hurricanes etc.
    If the well is nuked, it will destry all ocean life in the gulf of mexico. So, the only logical way out is to take foreign help from nations that have the necessary skill, be it the enemy, for the greater good of humanity.

    The help offer by Iran is so strictly censored by the government that not even the so-called free press/media is talking about it.

    For more information Visit http://www.presstv.ir

    July 9, 2010 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Elmer

    Sad to see LeBron leave Cleveland, and the way he did it was just ridiculous. The spectacle smacks of hubris on his part. He comes out of this looking bad. He'll rebound though, remember we have forgiven Kobe and others for their past indiscretions and this pails in comparison. http://therallycap.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/lebronreaction/

    July 9, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. bnksshly

    I am not from Cleveland or Miami, but I hope this doesn't backfire on them. Three stars, three leaders, three different styles of playing on one team. That is either going to be highly successful or a destruction. I hope it works out for them though cause I'm a huge fan of all three players and would love to seem them win the NBA finals next year.

    July 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ozzy

    Well......what happen when SHACK move to the lakers........nothing....and when others players move for other
    City........nothing happen.
    Then why so many noise...let James move where he want to play.

    July 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. OZZY

    Let the man play where he want.

    July 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
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