The reputation of LeBron James, still the best all-around basketball player on the planet, took a huge hit this summer because of The Decision, the unfortunate ESPN spectacle in which James dumped his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, on national television, all in the name of charity. Yes, The Decision, which followed a year of intense speculation about where James would land, decidedly stunk. But we watched it. And talked about it. And debated whether coddled professional athletes like James owe their hometown fans anything more than years of success, even if falling short of winning a championship. As James teams up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, all eyes are still on LeBron.
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