As expected, LeBron James will be burning up the court in Florida as part of the Miami Heat.
After months of suspense and intense recruiting, LeBron James finally answered the question on everyone’s mind: Which city is he playing for next season?
“This fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat,” LeBron revealed Thursday night at a Boys & Girls Club in Greenwich, Connecticut.
It was a decision that really came down to the buzzer for LeBron. He admitted that he’d been going back and forth over is options, but that he made up his mind on Thursday morning.
That was music to Miami’s ears. Fans all across the state, packed into sports bars or crowded around their living room TVs, broke out in celebration as it was revealed that their team landed the most coveted free agent in the NBA.
When asked why he decided to make the move to Miami, LeBron essentially said he’s going after a ring!
“It’s going to give me the best opportunity to win, and to win for multiple years,” LeBron told ESPN while explaining his decision. “I want to be able to win championships and I feel like I can compete down there.”
Adding to LeBron’s confidence that he and the Heat have a shot at the championship is team’s stellar roster. With Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh backing him up in Miami, we can’t say that we blame him.
Almost immediately after his announcement, LeBron hopped a plane to Miami, where he was welcomed with open arms.
“Just landed in my new home,” he wrote on Twitter early this morning. “Thanks to all the fans and Miami organization who greeted me. The Road to History starts now!”
LeBron isn’t feeling the love from everyone, though. People in Cleveland are mad at him for ditching the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team’s majority owner, Dan Gilbert, blasted his former star player in an open letter posted to NBA.com.
“As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier,” Dan wrote to Cavs fans. “You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.”
Dan also vowed that “THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE.”
See LeBron’s explosive announcement below.
— Sonya Eskridge