I know most of you just want to move on and forget about the Lebron stuff, but I just wanted to make 1 fanpost with regards to how I think it all went down.
Lebron said he made his decision earlier that morning, which is precisely when we decided to go after Outlaw. So I guess we owe him a little bit for giving us a heads up (not that much though, considering everyone was already taken). So regardless of what the media might say, I think NJ was a serious contender up until the very last day.
Once Miami secured Bosh and Wade, Lebron's mindset changed. Although I find it real hard to believe that this wasn't premeditated a lonnng time ago. The Nets were the first to free up cap space for "the summer of Lebron". The Knicks, although they didn't do a very good job, one-upped us by freeing up enough money for "the summer of Lebron and Wade". It's no coincidence that the only team to free up enough for ALL THREE was the very same team that Dwyane Wade plays for. This was premeditated, and Wade should win Executive of the Year for his efforts.
I think what really killed us though, was when the Knicks signed Amare. Prior to that, I think Bosh and Lebron coming to NJ was BY FAR the best situation from ALL angles; basketball and business. Once Amare was off the table, if those two would have come to NJ they would have left Wade "stranded" in Miami.
I always felt the best situation for everyone was to have Lebron/Bosh in NJ, and Wade/Boozer in Chicago. It would have been fun watching those 2 teams battle it out for the next 5 years. I guess they don't see it that way. All they've done, is put a TREMENDOUS amount of expectations on them, and in the end, they will struggle to win. I don't care how great those 3 players are, there are 5 players on the floor at one time and as of now, they only have 4. Their bench will be ridiculously weak, and they will have a minimum salaried center to pair with one of the softest big men in the game. That won't help their defense much, even with Riley coaching.
Give them 3 years to get enough MLE's in there to fill out there bench, then they may contend. Until then, they're going to be the laughing stock of the NBA, Knick style. Not to mention, they will hear booos from not only Cleveland, but NY, NJ, Chicago, and Toronto. Chris Bosh is the new VC. The rest of the league will probably hate them too. Lebron pretty much sacrificed having worldwide fans, for the < a million population of Miami, while seriously damaging the NBA. The media keeps saying the power has shifted East, but once again, these "experts" are wrong. All we have in the east now is 2 or 3 strong teams, and a bunch of mediocre ones. I still think .500 gets you into the playoffs. It would have been much more fun to watch Orlando, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, New Jersey, and New York fight it out.
In closing, I just want to say that Lebron's decision is THE BIGGEST COP OUT IN SPORTS HISTORY!! With a couple of words, in a matter of seconds, Lebron completely removed himself from any conversations involving greats like Jordan, Magic, and Bird. From this day forward, he will be nothing more than Batgirl playing with Batman and Robin.