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How Nets lost LeBron

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08:35 AM ET 10.31 | Nets Russian billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov's private jet landed in Chicago from Cleveland near midday July 1. Accompanying Prokhorov was a troupe of the franchise's top echelon executives and pitchmen. The Nets gave it their best in an extensive pitch to LeBron James in Cleveland then in shorter ones to Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh that night in Chicago. The Nets liked how matters unfolded and believed they were in the James mix. What went wrong? "When you have the worst record in the league, it's not easy," Prokhorov said.

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LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images
October 31, 2010  09:03 AM ET

You should have had Tony Soprano give them an offer they couldn't refuse to sign with Jersey.

October 31, 2010  09:07 AM ET

Look... James went to Miami. Let's move on.

James WANTED to play second fiddle to another superstar and Wade is the hands down, best team leader after Kobe Bryant.

He went and did what was best for him. And that "Rise" commercial was cool at first, but now makes me sick with how arrogant it is. "Should I be who you want me to be?" - Do the fans not pay your salary, buy your shoes, and your jerseys? I do think that deserves a bit of loyalty, no?

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October 31, 2010  09:23 AM ET

You can find him on South Beach, Bro.

October 31, 2010  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Good post.People just would like him to be honest, say that the 'decision' came off wrong & he's sorry for that.I honestly believe that most of us would forgive him (not clevelanders...of course) and not despise him and his spoiled brat attitude

I'm from Cleveland and I agree with this. Stop trying to justify yourself LBJ. Nothing wrong with your choice but the way you went about it and continue to go about it is wrong. His continuing actions are only reducing his image in the eyes of most fans everywhere.

October 31, 2010  09:31 AM ET

How the Nets lost LBJ is the same way everybody lost LBJ. Miami's ability to bring all three together because of clearing most of their salary and no state tax(the ability to "pay" them less without really affecting what the players take home) gave them all three.

October 31, 2010  09:42 AM ET

The weather doesn't hurt either.
But then I guess most people from Cleveland were hoping for a more active hurricane season.

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October 31, 2010  10:33 AM ET

Dude..... Its the Nets.. Amongst the worst teams in the NBA, like the Clippers, Bucks and T-Wolves.

Nobody wants to play for those teams, those are paycheck teams.

October 31, 2010  10:37 AM ET

The Nets lost , for the same reason the knicks, and a couple of others lost....their team sucked and had no real building pieces

October 31, 2010  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'm from Cleveland and I agree with this. Stop trying to justify yourself LBJ. Nothing wrong with your choice but the way you went about it and continue to go about it is wrong. His continuing actions are only reducing his image in the eyes of most fans everywhere.

Agreed, well said!

October 31, 2010  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE:

LeBlowJob

LBJ.

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October 31, 2010  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#23):

LBJ.

you still think your team will be a 6 seed?

October 31, 2010  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#24):

How could the nets lose him when he never played there???Now what should have been posted was"How the nets lost out on acquiring him".Is this the best the FN interns can really do???

They need a daily Bron Bron story for us haters. :)

October 31, 2010  11:03 AM ET
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The Nets lost , for the same reason the knicks, and a couple of others lost....their team sucked and had no real building pieces

Nets - Lopez & A. Morrow
Bulls - Rose & Noah
Clippers - Griffin, Davis, & Gordon
Knicks - Amar'e, Randolph, & Felton


Other teams had good "building pieces". He just took the easy way out. Stop defending him Luvher.

October 31, 2010  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#25):

you still think your team will be a 6 seed?

Lol. No.

October 31, 2010  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#24):

How could the nets lose him when he never played there???Now what should have been posted was"How the nets lost out on acquiring him".Is this the best the FN interns can really do???

The story was written by the NY Post. They're notoriously overdramatical.

 
October 31, 2010  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#27):

Nets - Lopez & A. MorrowBulls - Rose & NoahClippers - Griffin, Davis, & GordonKnicks - Amar'e, Randolph, & FeltonOther teams had good "building pieces". He just took the easy way out. Stop defending him Luvher.

The nets had the worst record in the league....those guys dont look promising when your team only wins 12 games the entire season


and who the hell goes to the clippers.....do you know who their owner is? if not go look him up and you will see why no free agents land there

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