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LeBron James goes to Miami

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh

LeBron James, center, of the United States jokes around with teammates Chris Bosh, left, and Dwyane Wade during an exhibition basketball game against Puerto Rico in Las Vegas on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006. The United States defeated Puerto Rico 114-69. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch) Original Filename: PUERTO_RICO_US_BASKETBALL_NVLR110.jpg


LeBron James is joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat, forming the best threesome the league has seen in decades.

He made it official on his nationally televised ESPN special.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said on the show. “I can’t say I dreamed about it because I didn’t think it was possible.”

“I think championships are championships. You can’t look at it and say if I had won it somewhere else it would be sweeter.”

LeBron has been in the middle of a self-created hype storm -- one that may well damage his image.

He just went on national television and ripped the heart out of his hometown. He just became a bigger villain in Cleveland than Art Modell. And Judas himself was more welcome in Cleveland than Modell. Cleveland has had its heart broken so many times -- Willy Mays making “the catch,” then “the drive” and “the fumble,” then Michael Jordan hitting a shot over Craig Ehlo. And that’s a partial list.

“It’s hard to explain, but the seven years I gave to the city was everything... I never wanted to leave Cleveland,” James said.

All the hype for a decision that other players made quietly hurts him. Kevin Durant just accepted a max deal and announced it on twitter while going to Summer League games to cheer on teammates. Kobe did it mid-season with minimal fanfare. Even Wade and Bosh only did a 15-minute, middle-of-the-day interview.

He says he felt like he let a lot of people down, but the chance to pair up with Bosh and Wade made the decision. He said it was what was best for him.