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LeBron unseated as execs' choice

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08:09 AM ET 10.07 | One of the great debate-starters finds a new king. If you could start a franchise today with one player, who would it be? According to the league's general managers, for the past four years, the answer to that question was LeBron James. [In 2010], by the time this year's GM Survey was distributed, the league's executives had a new favorite. While every other franchise had to be envious of Miami's free agency haul, Oklahoma City has the guy that the top basketball minds want most. A few weeks after [Kevin] Durant returned from Istanbul, more than half of league's GMs said that he was the guy that they would want to start a franchise.

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October 7, 2010  08:13 AM ET

No longer the Chosen One

October 7, 2010  08:20 AM ET

Did ya expect some lovin , Bro

October 7, 2010  08:30 AM ET

Shocker.............., not really, pfft!

October 7, 2010  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

No longer the Chosen One

Of course he's hated and cursed but in his world all these GM's are racist. Lebron's a sicko with a turkey brain. He will never win any accolade that comes from human votes. He's a liar and a disgrace.

October 7, 2010  08:40 AM ET

You couldnt lose either way....lebron or durant would be excellent building blocks for a team....


but its strange everyone changed their view on lebron.......like he suddenly forgot how to play

October 7, 2010  08:41 AM ET
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Of course he's hated and cursed but in his world all these GM's are racist. Lebron's a sicko with a turkey brain. He will never win any accolade that comes from human votes. He's a liar and a disgrace.

Lost/Stan you can't call him a liar, just because he chose not to go out on a date with you doesn't mean he is a liar. He has every rights to say no lol, by the looks of your avatar I can see why he would say no.

October 7, 2010  08:42 AM ET

Come to LA, Bro.

October 7, 2010  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You couldnt lose either way....lebron or durant would be excellent building blocks for a team....but its strange everyone changed their view on lebron.......like he suddenly forgot how to play

Actually... If you think of basketball as a TEAM sport... LBNique really doesn't play all that well.

I would say he forgot how to play... except for the fact that I don't think he ever knew how to play a team sport to begin with

October 7, 2010  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Come to LA, Bro.

L.A would be a bottom feeder team if that happened , Bro

October 7, 2010  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Actually... If you think of basketball as a TEAM sport... LBNique really doesn't play all that well.I would say he forgot how to play... except for the fact that I don't think he ever knew how to play a team sport to begin with

come on man....lets be real...lebron is still a freak talent ......rather you like how he left or not....he still produced on the floor

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October 7, 2010  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You couldnt lose either way....lebron or durant would be excellent building blocks for a team....but its strange everyone changed their view on lebron.......like he suddenly forgot how to play

In this world of interchangeable parts attitude is everything. His too egotistic to be liked by anyone. Even in a useless exhibition he pushed off and spun to throw down a monster dunk and then pumped his fist to woo fans. Who the hell plays that wild in an exhibition game to get the crowd to like him while all the other players played in low gear? The guy's full of himself so his antics are annoyong. That's why he's hated by all the people that matter in this league. These are GM's talking - not ordinary folks.

October 7, 2010  08:55 AM ET
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Actually... If you think of basketball as a TEAM sport... LBNique really doesn't play all that well.I would say he forgot how to play... except for the fact that I don't think he ever knew how to play a team sport to begin with

True. He does his own thing on the court which is eye pleasing but hated by coaches as it confuses his teamates cos they never know what he'll do with the ball. That's why his teams don't prosper in the playoffs.

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October 7, 2010  08:59 AM ET
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Freak talent? I wouldn't go that far. If he continues to progress at the apparent rate that he has, you might have something there. But what we're seeing is a snapshot of an unfinished horse race. We don't know what this guy is going to become. He might end up surpassing even MJ, or he could have hit the wall. We just don't know yet.

Given he's on a team where his talents will be underutilized before his career ending injury we've already seen his best.

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October 7, 2010  09:29 AM ET
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HAAAAAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. That's great! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

I mean Wade has to tone his game down for Lebron to shine but the problem is if Lebron is your best player ur headed for a second round playoff exit. Wade won't take that so there you have it. And if any racist has the ballz to tell Lebron to slow down I wish em well. Lebron comes with too much drama. Miami should look into unloading him to the Wolves for Rubio, Flynn, Love and Brewer or look for the return label and ship him back to Gilbert.

October 7, 2010  09:35 AM ET

I can't see you getting fired for picking Lebron to build your team around. It's like all of the people who wanted him on their team less than 6 months ago all of a sudden believe he lost all of his skill right around the same time he lost his heart lol. Durant is no scrub either. Although not as physical, the man can hoop.

October 7, 2010  09:37 AM ET

The dude made a huge mistake announcing his decision on that silly program on ESPN. If he had just shown up for a press conference in Miami to announce, no problem, and a lot less hating from those who would have welcomed him with open arms in their city. He had no idea of the flak he was in for. As for the rest of the haters, Barkley takes the cake. Kind of funny on TV, but never a team guy, always out of shape, and won absolutely nothing. You look at LBJ right now and he's angry. I don't know if that means Miami will win, but I wouldn't get in his way.

 
October 7, 2010  09:48 AM ET
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The dude made a huge mistake announcing his decision on that silly program on ESPN. If he had just shown up for a press conference in Miami to announce, no problem, and a lot less hating from those who would have welcomed him with open arms in their city. He had no idea of the flak he was in for. As for the rest of the haters, Barkley takes the cake. Kind of funny on TV, but never a team guy, always out of shape, and won absolutely nothing. You look at LBJ right now and he's angry. I don't know if that means Miami will win, but I wouldn't get in his way.

He shd be angry at his mother and father he never met that created him irresponsibly with no self control or birth control.

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