KerleyQ July 15, 2014 Share July 15, 2014 I have to admit loving the fact that SI and not ESPN got to publish the letter. I'm sure that has to stick in ESPN's craw...that and giving credit to SI for breaking the story. ESPN usually just ignores who broke the story first. That was my first thought. ESPN rides his jock like crazy for years, and he breaks the story with SI. They had to be pissed. What kind of bugged me in all the coverage was twofold. First, there was a whole lot of the "conquering hero returns home" kind of angle to some of the coverage. Which, well, he did't conquer shit for Cleveland. He went out and conquered for Miami, and now he's coming back to Cleveland. It's not like those 2 titles transfer back to Cleveland with him. Second, there's the whole everyone opt out thing in Miami. By all accounts, Wade, Bosh, and Haslem were convinced to opt out after a meeting with LeBron. Obviously, none of us know what was said in their meeting, but the overall narrative was that there was some agreement for everyone to opt out in order to try to restructure salaries and, ideally, get some more help in there, along with LeBron wanting a max deal for a year or two. How much does this whole turn of events screw over Wade? Bosh was going to be fine, someone was going to offer him money, and it turns out Miami was willing to pay him to stay put. Wade, though - who's going to pay him $40+ million for two years at this point? I said when they initially opted out that Riley likely made Wade some off the record promise to recoup that money, and if that's not the case, then LeBron did a really shitty thing to his "brother." But I haven't heard a single reporter point out that this might have left Wade in the lurch. It's all "LeBron returned to Cleveland, so everyone has to think he's better than rainbows, kittens, puppies, AND unicorns combined, got it?" I think it's likely LeBron had at least a pretty strong inkling that he was going to choose Cleveland. It explains him not taking the FA period thing at all seriously (having his agent meet with teams while he vacationed). So the whole opting out thing seems more bizarre, in retrospect. I thought it was bad enough when it was out there as him telling the other three "hey, guys, I want a max deal, and we need to get some help in here, so everyone opt out." But it's worse if he was a driving force in that unanimous opt out decision and he had some idea that he might not stay. But, he did learn a little bit, since it seems like he let Riley know he was leaving ahead of time and didn't leave it to Riley finding out whenever he hit the internet that day. So...progress? 1 Link to comment
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