If you’re mad Lebron went to Miami you’re a socialist.

Q: What was the argument for Lebron to stay in Cleveland?

A: He owes that area of the country because he grew up and played there in the early part of his career.

Here is a story:

Mathematically-gifted John grew up in Saint Louis.  He attended Saint Louis University, where he earned a degree in statistics and computer science.  Upon graduation, John accepts a position at a firm in St. Louis where he makes $60,000 a year, writing computer software and solely maintaining the  company network, while reducing its budget.

One night out John runs into two of his former classmates who now work at Google in Silicon Valley.  They’re impressed with what John has done with at the small firm and set him up to meet with their boss.  John is subsequently offered a position at Google, making $450,000 a year–the only catch is he has to move to California.

So, does John stay in St. Louis where he is offered a raise of $90,000 at a small middle of the road company or does he accept the $450,000 position at Google?

I would venture a guess that about 90% (or higher) of people would take the $450k job.

But, according to the outraged, Saint Louis-ites (?), John and his incredible computer prowess should keep his money making talents and innovating abilities in Saint Louis for the good of the city, even though he personally stands to gain more by leaving?  That sounds a lot like socialism to me…

So, the Lebron-Haters, expect him to put aside the fact he can make more money, gain more exposure, and potentially win a championship somewhere else becuase he grew up in Akron, for the good of Ohio? I’m not saying that he should or shouldn’t–but if you can demagnify (de-demonize) the money he is making and think about it on a smaller scale, he certainly made the right decision for himself.

The other thing that all of the whiners are failing to mention is that Lebron has already done so much for Cleveland. Before Lebron, who is the last Cavalier you can name? Mark Price?  Brad Dougherty?

He is from there and will, I’m sure, continue to keep up with his charitable works.  Shaquille O’Neal still to this day keeps up with his charity work he started in Orlando, and he was never even from Orlando.

And speaking of Shaq, Lebron is hardly the first big time player to move for money–he was just the first one during the age of Twitter.

Can you imagine the circus that Tweetin’ Shaq would have faced when he left Orlando for LA?  What about Roger Clemens not only dissing Boston, but heading to the hated rival, New York Yankees.

One last thing being pointed out is that technically, Lebron could make more because of the cap, by staying in Cleveland.  Technically. But here is an interesting idea from Tyler Cowen:

“Still, to me the answer is obvious, though no one seems to even discuss my idea.  He should go to the Los Angeles Lakers.  For a one-year contract, zero pay, if he can’t convince the Lakers to pay the luxury tax.  Better yet, make zero pay part of the PR in an age where viewers are sick of huge corporate bonuses for non-winning CEOs.  This way he would learn the ways of a winning organization, which he needs to do, and very likely win a title immediately. He would convince Phil Jackson to return for another year.  Most of his income comes from endorsements anyway, so he doesn’t need the salary, plus the title and Los Angeles exposure would make his name more valuable.  He would get “credit” for the title (does anyone these days complain that Magic Johnson never won a title without Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?  No.)  He could play fewer minutes and extend his career and keep his stamina intact for the playoffs.  The next year he could move on or he might even decide to stay, pairing with Gasol and Bynum for years, while Kobe slides into a sixth man role.  Since he has had good health, he could buy an insurance policy to protect against career-ending injury.

And (ironically) ominously:

“The idea of pairing James with Wade and Bosh seems to me extremely misguided: LeBron, please read Ludwig Lachmann’s Capital and its Structure!”

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5 Responses

  1. It doesn’t seem like people are mad at LeBron for going to Miami. They are for the most part mad at him for being a narcissistic douchebag about it. Between the absurd and unprecedented dog and pony show surrounding the announcement and his general confusion and lack of compassion when asked to address the fans in the hometown he is leaving (not to mention the “King James” thing), I tend to agree. And I’m from Miami…

    • Point taken. I never said he wasn’t a jerk. Steve Jobs is also a well known controlling jerk, but I still love me some Apple products.

      The whole way Lebron actually went about it was incredibly strange. He made the announcement from a Boys and Girls club in Connecticut (where the kids are most likely Knick fans) for what reason?

      The live TV thing was bizarre, too. He is kind of going in the opposite directions of Cowen’s advice and garnering as much ill-will and hatred as possible. I wonder if he honestly thought that the majority of NBA fans would be rejoicing at the decision.

  2. This was a great article, I very much enjoyed the read! Cleveland fans are really unhappy that Lebron chose to go to Miami but I think they are taking this too much to heart. Lebron is a very good player that hasn’t one a championship and feels that he can win one in Miami rather than Cleveland. He doesn’t owe anything to the Cavs because for the most part he played his hardest throughout his time in Cleveland. I have never liked and never will like Lebron but I feel that all the criticism that he is getting is unfair. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I would love to hear your opinion on my thoughts. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/suck-it-up-cleveland/

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