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The Sports Kings: The Decisions One Year Later!

Last summer was very hot for the free agent class of the National Basketball Association.  There were several marquee free agents that chose different destinations for several different reasons.  For some the reasons were monetary, while others were attempting to put themselves in a better position to win the coveted NBA Championship. 

Names like Amar'e Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer moved to different locations, while names like Atlanta's own Joe Johnson and eventual NBA Champion Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks stayed put in their respective cities.  But the three biggest free agents that were up for grabs were Chris Bosh formerly of the Toronto Raptors, Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat, and LeBron James formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

These noted buddies or as I would like to call them the "Superfriends", whether directly or indirectly caused a media firestorm in trying to track their eventual whereabouts.  This past Thursday was the anniversary of Dwayne Wade deciding to stay put in Miami and Chris Bosh declaring his intent to join him.  One day later at a fundraiser in Greenwich, CT, "The Decision" was casted on ESPN for LeBron James to declare whether he was staying in Cleveland or leaving.   What took place brought about the words that still live in infamy, LeBron decided to take his talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat alongside Bosh and Wade, taking him from one of the most liked players in the NBA to one of the most hated.  In hindsight, their decisions were their right to make and turned out to be good in that they played in this past NBA Finals, but one has to ask will we ever see the likes of this kind of coverage again.  It sure was fun while it lasted.

-Jamie Walker, Sports Kings Intern

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