A 2014 “The Decision” Retrospective

July 11, 2014

lebron thumbs up

Four years later, I’m stateside for LeBron’s latest announcement.

He’ll dominate the news cycle for the weekend. There’s a reason he announced it at 12 PM Eastern Time on a Friday. What are people going to talk about? The WNBA? AFL? The World Cup Final? Nope. It’s LeBron’s Weekend. Again.

But I don’t forget where we’ve been. And neither should you. For your reading pleasure, we’ve collected our articles surrounding LeBron’s 2010 Decision. Enjoy, reflect, comment.


Season Preview: 2010-2011 NBA Season

October 26, 2010


Mr. James has been studying all summer to prepare for the new NBA season, but has anything really changed?


In preparation for the start of the NBA season tonight, why not read some of our season previews from last year?

Nothing much has changed, right? Right?

Even if there have been things that have changed over the summer, most of the information is still good— I’m not changing anything in my Clippers or Lakers preview (or for the Lakers, maybe I’ll just add this on).  Read the rest of this entry »

E Pluribus Unum

July 21, 2010

Is LeBron James the man? It seems a silly question that has no actual consequences. No, he is not the man in the same way Michael Jordan was. He is not Michael Jordan. He was never Michael Jordan. He will never be Michael Jordan. So what? How many people are (besides Kobe)? Read the rest of this entry »

Heat of the Moment

July 12, 2010

I don’t even know what to say. I don’t feel like blasting LeBron for being a quitter or being afraid of the challenge. I don’t feel like I need to convince myself that the Heat will in fact not work out. I just don’t know. Read the rest of this entry »

The End.

July 9, 2010

Everything has changed.

Long-time Cleveland fans know that the only real way to deal with the series of miserable sucker punches that comprises our area’s sports history is to be pessimistic. Last night, a new generation of Cleveland fans learned the same thing. The jerseys of our Chosen One were set afire; watching the wine, gold, and white burn on SportsCenter seemed to be a fitting metaphor for… something. For everything we thought we understood, even within the reference frame of a city sport scene that hasn’t seen a professional title in decades.

We had to know he was leaving. But we thought he would stay. How could he leave? He was King of Cleveland. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Not You, It’s Me

July 9, 2010

Living in Northeast Ohio, it was like a volcano erupted last night. I don’t mean it just rushed through and wiped out everyone in the area, it was like a volcano erupted many miles away, but still in sight. We all felt something rush through us, like earthquakes and tremors triggered by the explosion.

I know personally, my chest tightened, my legs tingled, and I had this overwhelming sense that something was going to be missing for the next few years. Read the rest of this entry »

LeBron James “The Decision” Bingo

July 8, 2010

LeBron glares knowingly into your soul


Instructions: Print out the LeBron James “The Decision” Bingo Card (PDF). Select any nine of the following events that you believe might happen, and arrange them in any way you want on the card. Play against friends watching with you, or against others on our Facebook Fan Page. Cross out the appropriate box in the grid whenever any of the actions on the card take place. When you get three in a row (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally), shout “BINGO” and let us know that you’ve won on our Facebook Fan Page or tweet us @paintsdudes.