I normally don't post anything on Cornrows but LeBron signing with Miami irritates me enough to post this. My good friend jshaff87 called this move, but I still can't stomach LeBron's decision. While watching ESPN's annoying coverage of the NBA free agency where LeBron signed with Miami, I realized that LeBron is not The "King" or the next Jordan. I have always been and will be a Pacers fan, but I have family in Akron, Ohio and understand the mentality of fans in the Cleveland area. Cleveland may very well be the most cursed city in all of sports. The Indians and Browns both have had their share of mishaps. With the Indians developing great players so that they can trade them instead of paying them, and the Browns history with Art Modell and more recently with their consistently bad drafts and personnel decisions. I thought LeBron was the one to change the culture of losing in Cleveland. After all, he was born in Akron and grew up with the losing culture in Cleveland. He had the chance to be the savior in Cleveland. He was the guy FROM Ohio that was there to bring hope to the fans of Cleveland. How could he not bring glory to that city? But instead, he decided to bail on the city for the more attractive team in Miami. I understand that staying in Cleveland would have been quite a challenge even with the roster they put around LeBron, but they did everything they could. Instead, he is going to a team with 2 of the top 3 or 4 players in the NBA and one of the top centers in Chris Bosh. It just seems incredibly selfish to me. The only analogy I can think of is if Peyton Manning was born in like Noblesville, IN and was drafted by the Colts. Instead of signing a contract extension he tested free agency and went to a team like the Cowboys or Patriots in order to be with other future hall of famers in order to get rings instead of trusting that management could build a team around him. But anyways, this sucks for Cleveland fans the most and also the rest of the NBA. As we all probably are Pacer fans, we are all now facing the reality that the rest of the NBA is facing. No matter what the Pacers do or who they draft, how can we compete with LeBron, Wade, and Bosh for the eastern conference for the next 5 years? It's like back when Reggie was here, even if you have a championship caliber team, you still can't compete with Jordan. I guess the reality is that LeBron is in it for rings, and really is not a student of the game. The greatest players in the NBA stuck with their team even when they weren't sure if they had a chance. Most recently, Kobe with the Lakers. Even though Kobe demanded a trade, he at least stuck with them long enough to let them bring players in like Gasol. It just sucks that a "superteam" like Miami will now control the East for the next 5 years. I think the Pacers are headed in the right direction and hope they continue to get better, but the question for them and most of the league is, how in the world can you contend for a championship with a team containing wade, bosh, and james?