By now everyone and their dog knows that LeBron is heading to Miami. I can't say I am terribly surprised. Obviously I can't claim to have known this would be the result, but there were more than enough indicators. Honestly, to a certain degree I would have been a little disappointed had he stayed with Cleveland. When you look at the moves Cleveland has made (or lack thereof) versus what Miami is offering (playing with Wade and Bosh) and if you are committed to winning, then the choice seems obvious.
LeBron's commitment to winning isn't something I have always thought to be solid - I agree with the many others who think that it seemed like he had given up on the Cavs at times during the playoffs. It would have been easy to stay with Cleveland, taking more money and taking in the unending adoration of his hometown; he could have had the spotlight all to himself again. But would he win a championship? If LeBron, Wade and Bosh can commit to playing together and putting their individual needs to the side they will be a very scary team. Of course, equally important will be how they fill out their roster - afterall, the three of them can't play 48 minutes of every single game, no matter how talented they are.
All that said I am glad this whole thing is over. Honestly it made me sick. As I said, I understand why he did it - but did he really have to do it like that? Maybe he really was taking it very seriously, looking at all of these teams and not really sure where he should go. I am not entirely convinced, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt right now. Even if that is the case it doesn't seem to me like there was any need for all of this to be so public or for there to be some ridiculous hour long special just to announce it. What purpose does all of this attention serve other than to feed his ego? The Cavs owner called it a narcissistic spectacle and I am inclined to agree.
The next season of basketball should be an interesting one indeed. They will be a scary team - but I am not yet convinced they will pull it together to win it all. Working together to win in the Olympics is one thing, grinding it out over an 82 game season and then the playoffs is something else. We will see.