Despite all that he has accomplished and his standing as the best player in the NBA today, plenty of basketball fans still want to hate on LeBron James because of that one moment before he joined the Miami Heat. “The Decision” was a big mistake by everyone involved and that moment has led to people continuing to dislike LeBron no matter what he does. He simply can’t win.
Many of us would like to forget “The Decision”, but perhaps none more so than the folks at ESPN.
Bill Simmons was on set talking during the post-game show when he brought up “The Decision” for a moment as the analysts discussed LeBron’s legacy. As soon as those two words made their way out of Simmons’ mouth, ESPN’s camera feed mysteriously went back and the show cut back to the studio.
Here is the moment that the cameras went black:
ESPN is just as much, if not more, to blame as LeBron for “The Decision” debacle. They viewed it as an opportunity to get high ratings and in the process they were partially responsible for creating one of the biggest villains in the game.
Were it not for that moment, LeBron may not have as many people rooting against him, but it happened and it is in the past.
ESPN just doesn’t want to address it, despite their shameless promotion of “The Decision” leading up to that day.