Aside from the millions of dollars it raised for charity and the excellent ratings it got for ESPN, I think we can all agree that “The Decision” was a bad idea for LeBron James. With one hour-long television show, LeBron took himself from one of the most likable and well-respected players in the NBA to public enemy no. 1. Even he’s admitted he’d do it differently if he could.
And now, Chris Bosh is agreeing with him, and us. Kind of. In a sneaky way, at least. From ESPN’s “Scott Van Pelt Show,” as transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews:
Looking back on last year’s free agency and “The Decision,” do you look back and think it could have been done differently or do you just own up to it?
“I say you own up to it. We all make mistakes. I think anybody would be kidding themselves if they thought they were perfect at anything. I mean why change it? We’ve already went through with everything. Whether good or bad, whether it was a good decision or bad decision, or we should have done this, could of done that, if we would of done this. We are here now. Everything has happened, so let’s just own up to it. Yeah we did it. Yes. If it was a mistake? If I see it as a mistake and here’s the reasons why, but here’s the reasons why it is going to help us in the long run.”
Rough few days for LeBron James. The rap diss, Chris Bosh beating around the bush to say LeBron made a mistake without actually saying it, next thing you know, the soccer team he invested in is going to struggle in their matches with lesser opponents. Oh, right.
But still, you have to admire Chris Bosh’s loyalty. It’s pretty obvious that he wants to call “The Decision” a mistake, but he won’t actually come out and say those words. That’s a good teammate, because it’s pretty easy to say something like, “Yeah, I think he’d do it differently if he could.” But Bosh didn’t even say that, simply going with “We all make mistakes” and “Own up to it” and “We are here now.” Basically everything but “That was a terrible idea.” Very nice of him. Some people wouldn’t hold their tongue in that situation.
“The Decision” put the Heat in a bad place. From that moment on, no matter what they did, they were going to be the villains of the NBA. Throwing the preseason party certainly didn’t help, but the deck was stacked against them anyway. When you consider that finishing second in the entire league is considered a failure for the Heat, the pressure they were under is obvious. All of that stems from “The Decision,” especially when you remember that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh announced their free agency choices in a joint announcement the night before on the same channel and no one really cared.
Someday, in the distant future, we’ll all look back at “The Decision” and laugh, laugh, laugh our cyborg heads off that humanoid life forms got so upset about a guy talking to another guy on something called television. Until that day, we’ll just call it a mistake and move on. Or, in Chris Bosh’s case, just allude to it.