Heart and loyalty really matter when it comes to being remembered in the future as a great NBA player and establishing a truly memorable legacy. I think guys like Garnett prove that. As much as I believe Lebron would like to be on the big stage in NY, I think that ultimately he'll chose to not be remembered (at least through this foreseeable summer) as the guy that walked out on his organization/hometown for brighter lights, bigger buildings, and more dollars.
Creating a legacy that is worth being remembered is so much more than the location of where you are and the money you make. Why try and bring a title to the New York area? Why go to Chicago? Why should he leave for these places when he hasn't accomplished what he has set out to do for the people of Cleveland; his people?
In my mind, creating a legacy involves pushing to overcome the adversity of your personal situation. In Lebron's case, that situation is failing time after time to bring the title to Cleveland. How do you think he'll be remembered if he leaves them (a people who have been longing for a title for so long) in the dust. How would MJ be perceived if he just decided to leave Chicago after repeated times of not being able to advance in the playoffs? The answer is not as great; not as legendary.
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Especially after seeing that stupid and corny video of Bloomberg making all these desperate and shallow points as to why Lebron should come to NY, I think he'll realize that staying in Cleveland is the most substantial and quality move that he could make for his career and his image.
Garnett said to Lebron that "Loyalty can hurt", but when you really look at the big picture of Garnett's career you realize that his loyalty to the Timberwolves all those years and all the struggles, disappointments, and frustrations he went through made his 1st NBA Championship in Boston that much sweeter. You can't deny that it was chilling when he screamed, "Anything is possible!" during his post-win interview because you knew at that moment in time he was feeling all that struggle he went through to get to that point and despite the youth that he sacrificed by sticking with the Wolves, he knew it was undoubtedly worth it. That is a memory that will last for the ages and stick out in the annals of time. He has shown time after time throughout his career the quality of heart, loyalty, and love for the people that unwaveringly appreciate his craft. He left Minnesota on great terms and is giving Boston the same treatment which is why he is so great and legendary in his own right. He gave Minnesota his all and he is giving Boston his all as well. Lebron has much more within himself to give to Cleveland.
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I believe Lebron is smart enough to come to understand through those that came before him like Jordan and Garnett that legacy is simply not about championships but rather how far he will push to get better to overcome the adversity of his situation. The guy has got all the talent in the world and he has a hometown and organization that wishes to tend to his every need despite their failed attempts. For him to go elsewhere would say a lot about his character, his desires, and ultimately what he is made of as a player. Jordan showed the greatness he was made of. Lebron is great and leaving to find support elsewhere would, I believe, diminish the quality of his inner greatness. Personally, I would rather that he stayed in Cleveland and push hard to accomplish what he has been trying to do for the past 6-7 years.
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I honestly don't think Lebron is coming to any of these teams trying to grab him. At least not this year. He'll wait it out and prolly get another star (Bosh) alongside him this year in Cleveland and see what he can do.
I think the Nets organization and us as fans should set their and our sights on having a 2-3 year vision of building this team without him. Build from inside the organization. They should start by pushing for a potential franchise player like Turner who will really give this team a team feel.
They gotta start pushing to get this team to the OKC/ Blazer level this summer with more quality young talent and good vets that can really be of great influence to the young guys. Creating an organization that has both great chemistry in the front office and on the court is of the utmost importance. Its absolutely necessary to establish that feel for a star to really want to be here in the upcoming years. They need to build that reputation of being a true young and up and coming team and I believe that they can get the necessary superstar from there to put them over the top. Maybe a 2-3 years from now Lebron may be ready to leave Cleveland for Brooklyn. Maybe next year Melo might wanna be representing Brooklyn. For now, I think the Nets should push to land Turner because he seems to have that Paul Pierce "the Truth" quality to him. The kid wants nothing more than to win. To think, he even wanted to stay an extra year to win an NCAA title. He's got a love for the game that is so needed for an organization.