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Call him LeDrama.


LeBron James has booked an hour-long special on ESPN to announce his free-agency intentions.  He’s even asking the network and all sponsors to support his favorite charity.  While some are calling him “prime time,” others are saying, this is overkill, and may do more harm than good to James’ image.

We’re analyzing reaction to the big announcement from The Wall Street Journal, NBA.com and ESPN.

CBS Sports' Mike Freeman says, LeBron reminds him of another ego-maniacal sports figure, Brett Favre, who can’t seem to get enough of the spotlight.

“...this is going too far. James isn't in high school announcing he's going to Florida State. He's a professional athlete, a grown man, and this reeks of horrid ego and childish insecurities.”

The Wall Street Journal blog Digits reports, the NBA even paid this week to promote James’ Twitter account.  It quickly grew to 100,000 followers in just hours. But the Journal notes, not every Tweet was complementary.

"...the trash talking over [James’] pending free-agent decision bubbled quickly to the surface. 'How could he possibly be a king without a championship ring,' one user tweeted, while hundreds of others retweeted a post calling King James 'a joke'.”

Call it a joke if you will.  Popular Fidelity says, this is what everyone wants to see and the special will generate huge ratings.

“...(it) is the biggest thing that will happen in the NBA in recent memory.  There’s never been a free agent this skilled that’s ever been this up for grabs.”

On Bloomberg, Rick Horrow says, this is one big-time production.  King-like...

“This is a national announcement, international sponsorship, international brand building, could go anywhere...

And because of that, ESPN’s Chris Broussard says, the speculation will be at a fevered pitch, until the announcement comes Thursday night.

“I think Cleveland is still in the hunt...”
“I think the New York Knicks are very much alive...”
“And I don’t think Chicago is dead yet either... I think Chicago still has a chance...”


So what do you think?  Is LeBron -- LeDiva?  Or do you like the hype?

LeBron James Announces King-Size TV Special

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Jul 7, 2010

LeBron James Announces King-Size TV Special

 (Thumbnail Image: Photobucket)

 

Call him LeDrama.


LeBron James has booked an hour-long special on ESPN to announce his free-agency intentions.  He’s even asking the network and all sponsors to support his favorite charity.  While some are calling him “prime time,” others are saying, this is overkill, and may do more harm than good to James’ image.

We’re analyzing reaction to the big announcement from The Wall Street Journal, NBA.com and ESPN.

CBS Sports' Mike Freeman says, LeBron reminds him of another ego-maniacal sports figure, Brett Favre, who can’t seem to get enough of the spotlight.

“...this is going too far. James isn't in high school announcing he's going to Florida State. He's a professional athlete, a grown man, and this reeks of horrid ego and childish insecurities.”

The Wall Street Journal blog Digits reports, the NBA even paid this week to promote James’ Twitter account.  It quickly grew to 100,000 followers in just hours. But the Journal notes, not every Tweet was complementary.

"...the trash talking over [James’] pending free-agent decision bubbled quickly to the surface. 'How could he possibly be a king without a championship ring,' one user tweeted, while hundreds of others retweeted a post calling King James 'a joke'.”

Call it a joke if you will.  Popular Fidelity says, this is what everyone wants to see and the special will generate huge ratings.

“...(it) is the biggest thing that will happen in the NBA in recent memory.  There’s never been a free agent this skilled that’s ever been this up for grabs.”

On Bloomberg, Rick Horrow says, this is one big-time production.  King-like...

“This is a national announcement, international sponsorship, international brand building, could go anywhere...

And because of that, ESPN’s Chris Broussard says, the speculation will be at a fevered pitch, until the announcement comes Thursday night.

“I think Cleveland is still in the hunt...”
“I think the New York Knicks are very much alive...”
“And I don’t think Chicago is dead yet either... I think Chicago still has a chance...”


So what do you think?  Is LeBron -- LeDiva?  Or do you like the hype?

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