LeBron James & Wade & Bosh Welcoming Party with Miami Heat »

Jul 10, 2010 at 2:19 am | lebron-jamesnba-basketball

Yesterday, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade signed six-year contracts… it’s a done deal… they are members of the Miami Heat. The Heat completed sign-and-trade deals with Cleveland and Toronto on Friday night for their two newest superstars. The Heat sent two future first-round and two second-round picks to the Cavaliers for James, while packaging two first-round picks to the Raptors for Bosh. James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade all signed six-year contracts Friday night, each leaving millions of dollars on the table in order to provide the Heat flexibility to build a championship roster. Each player took $15 million less over the life of the contract to sign with Miami – none would say how much less – to get the deals done. All three contracts, have an early termination option after the fourth season that would allow LeBron, Bosh and Wade to return to free agency in the summer of 2014. King James will wear No. 6 in Miami, Bosh No. 1, both having switched their numbers. Wade considered swapping his No. 3 as well. “Then I realized, three is magical, and now it represents more than just my number,” Wade said. “It represents the three of us making sacrifices as well.” With 13,000 fans chanting “Yes We Did!” amid an atmosphere more suited to a rock concert than a basketball game, the Miami Heat welcomed the NBA’s newest trio of superstars Friday night for a celebration unlike just about any other in team history.

“I understand now that I’ve made the right decision,” James said. A packed arena, plus another 10,000 or so outside the building, couldn’t have been more thrilled to hear James say those words. As they cheered their new king, he took a look at his new home crowd, folded his arms across his chest after he and his teammates were dropped from the sky on a forklift, and nodded. “We know what the fans want,” James said. In case there was some question, they told him: Yes, a “Beat L.A.” chant broke out in July, call it an opening salvo aimed at the two-time defending champion Lakers. “It’s still surreal, man,” Wade said. “Me, Chris and ‘Bron. We ready. We want to go to the gym now.” Next up for the Miami braintrust: Deals for Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem, both expected to be done in the coming days, and a planned meeting with Lakers point guard Derek Fisher. Expectations couldn’t be higher, and James, Wade and Bosh all accepted the challenge. “Bring it on. We’ll accept it,” Wade said. “At the end of the day we know what’s important. And what’s important is winning ballgames and winning championships. So once you do that, winner take all.” On Friday in Miami, the scene was sheer bliss. James’ jerseys weren’t even going on hangers inside the Miami team store; for the most part, they were getting sold as soon as they could be taken out of the box. A line of fans snaked around the arena on a steamy morning just to put their names on a waiting list for tickets. The switchboard at AmericanAirlines Arena was overwhelmed for much of the day, and the seats for the welcoming bash were made available online at 4 p.m. — and were gone in an hour. “The road to history,” James wrote early Friday on Twitter, “starts now.”

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  • But why in the world LeBron wore the Huaraches instead of his own shoes?!
    What’s up with that Nike???

  • rj

    [quote comment=”61284″]But why in the world LeBron wore the Huaraches instead of his own shoes?![/quote]
    My thoughts exactly. He probably wants to make a point that he’s with a new team now.

  • jr_lyon

    What shoes was he suppose to wear? He probably didn’t want to wear anything that reminded him of the Cavs and last season and he probably didn’t have any of his VIIIs in a white colorway yet.

  • jr_lyon

    Its crazy, nbastore.com is completely sold out of authentic heat jerseys already. I got mine ordered last night though!

  • tintumz

    way to go guys! that is what y’all call Real Fans of bronS! NLebron.net rocks!!!

  • [quote comment=”61288″]Its crazy, nbastore.com is completely sold out of authentic heat jerseys already. I got mine ordered last night though![/quote]

    I will probably get one before the season starts, but not during all this madness right now.

  • Nene33

    Amazing party, the YES.WE.DID. is exactly right, Pat Riley is a savvy, savvy man :cool:

  • FliGhT23IV

    [quote comment=”61289″]way to go guys! that is what y’all call Real Fans of bronS! NLebron.net rocks!!![/quote]
    Its hard to be a real lebron fan when he rips your heart out.. im a die hard cavs fan not a front runner like the rest of you teamless assholes

  • Looks a great party, but everybody knows… That’s the Dwyane Wade team… LeBron and Bosh are just the secondary players

  • [quote comment=”61306″]Looks a great party, but everybody knows… That’s the Dwyane Wade team… LeBron and Bosh are just the secondary players[/quote]

    lebron doesnt care about the spotlight..he wants to win and be a productive player..thats what seperates him from all others,,hes the king and he has a bright legacy ahead

  • [quote comment=”61317″][quote comment=”61306″]Looks a great party, but everybody knows… That’s the Dwyane Wade team… LeBron and Bosh are just the secondary players[/quote]

    lebron doesnt care about the spotlight..he wants to win and be a productive player..thats what seperates him from all others,,hes the king and he has a bright legacy ahead[/quote]

    Maybe you are right on his plans and about his future legacy, but i have doubts about the spotlight

  • Johny

    He might be the king but his the king of traitors .. His just showing everyone he needs help and can’t win a ring by himself .. Look I was a massive lebron fan but to see what he has done to his hometown is just ass .. A real champion is determined through persistance … Look at Kobe and MJ they stuck with what they where given and became champions this is the quality lebron lacks in.

  • You must first be young & dumb before you are old & wise. LeBron is gonna have a $1,000 ring but it took robbing cleveland & ohio billions. Besides, who builds a legacy based on the work of others? I think anyone can agree, greatness, is only measured by giving.. how much giving is 1 man on a team of 3 exspected to be give? 1/3.. Some legacy, lol.. keep your LeBum..

  • Here’s why Lebron has gone to Miami. And what Lebron said back to Dan Gilbert.
    It was the Hall of Fame coach and now the so-called godfather of the organization Riley who first conjured up this possibility and may have closed the deal by putting a bag full of his championship rings on a table in front of James.

    “The rings was pretty cool,” LeBron said. “I need a few of those.”

    James admitted that this new beginning was far easier on him emotionally than the previous night and then aftermath when Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert ripped him in an open letter, calling him coward and questioning his competitiveness.

    “It’s been emotionally draining at times,” he said. “It’s been exciting. It’s been nerve-wrecking. It’s been scary at times. I’ve been afraid. I’ve accepted the challenge to move on and I feel great now.

    “I really don’t have a reaction to what Dan said. When things hit the fan, you see guys’ true colors. I wish that organization the best of luck and I wish those fans the best of luck, because I do love them, no matter where I put myself for the rest of my life … At the end of the day, Dan’s comments cannot stop me and my family from sleeping at night.”

  • roadkillkitty

    Thats why this is not called the “nikecavs.net” but “nikelebron.net”! Most of us are Lebron fans not cavs fans! I was cheering for the cavs because lebron was there.. So please State those negative vibes through the cavaliers website! Lets go get em Lebron! :razz:

  • Natedogg

    But both MJ and Kobe were not like lebron and get drafted by there home state team

  • [quote comment=”61339″]He might be the king but his the king of traitors .. His just showing everyone he needs help and can’t win a ring by himself .. Look I was a massive lebron fan but to see what he has done to his hometown is just ass .. A real champion is determined through persistance … Look at Kobe and MJ they stuck with what they where given and became champions this is the quality lebron lacks in.[/quote]

    First off johnny no player wins alone..and people fail to understand the great rosters kobe bryant and michael jordan were priveleged to have. Jordan playing with the likes of pippen, rodman,kerr,and other greats…and kobe with shaq and having fisher odom gasol artest bynum farmar brown turiaf..he never had any poor players, he always had a strong roster.so their situation is completely diffrent from lebrons because they had no need to leave..they had great players and their individual organizations made moves neccesary to win unlike cleveland..we brought in a crippled shaq a washed up jamison an inconsistent mo williams and a barely playing poe..People r trying to say how great mj and kobe are for staying and lebrons a selfish baby..bull..if i recall as kobe went through that 3 or 4 year drougnt with the lakers he was already complaining saying he wants to be traded, r u trying to tell me kobe bryant would have stayed after 7 years after he was already complaining after 3 or 4 losing years? no kobe would not of stayed..give lebron kobes rosters throughout his career and lebron would have over 5 rings..kobe is a spectacular player and hes one of the greats ut in no way is he close to the player LeBron is..people try to bring into play well lebron was from cleveland thats his home..he from akron and okay same state but who cares maybe if the organization made moves theyd be better off..ebough with the betrayal talk traitor talk and hate..im sick of the “he showed he cant win alone.” thats such stupid and callace statement to make…LeBron is the king and just because he is with two other stars does not mean hes gonna be a worse player..people all throughout the season said hes the best on the planet..what does that change now because hes on the heat? say what u want about his legacy because obviouslly it is irrelevent to LeBron…He hasd a six year contract and the option to opt out of it after 4 years..LeBron is gonna win a couple with miami and get the taste of championship blood in his system..then he will go to another team where he is the main man and hell win many more..jordan won his first ring at 28 years old..so in no way is his legacy ruined..All LeBron fans dont be so sure LeBrons stats will be any lower than previous years..I have a feeling LeBrons gonna be a whole new monster because the pressure is on now.. Goodluck Cleveland and everyteam also in the nba..F U to dan gilbert…Lets go Miami!! KIng James forever and once he gets that ring he should be graduated to emperor james…LBJ6

  • MR. Z HAS GONE TO MIAMI HEAT! LET”S GO HEAT! GAME OVER! IT WILL BE WILD GAMES THAT ANYBODY WILL EVER SEE!

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