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LeBron James‘ 2010 announcement that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in free agency during a televised special entitled “The Decision” stands as one of the biggest stories in American sports this century.
Ten years later, word has emerged that a Detroit Pistons fan’s mailbag question to then-ESPN writer Bill Simmons served as the inspiration for the show.
Per ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr., Drew Wagner emailed the following question to Simmons:
“What if LeBron announces he will pick his 2010-11 team live on ABC on a certain date for a show called ‘LeBron’s Choice? What type of crazy ratings would that get?”
Simmons did more than answer the question, however, per Van Natta:
“At the All-Star Game weekend in Dallas in February 2010, Simmons pitched the ‘LeBron’s Decision’ idea to James’ business partner, Maverick Carter; James’ agent at the time, Leon Rose; and James’ advisor, William “World Wide Wes” Wesley. Simmons met with Rose and Wesley. ‘They both loved it,’ Simmons later wrote in an email. ‘I mean, LOVED IT.’ That weekend, Simmons also enthusiastically pitched the idea to several senior ESPN executives.
“Simmons pitched two ideas to his bosses: a 90-mi