Nearly 10 years after LeBron James announced his decision to play for the Miami Heat on a live show on ESPN titled “The Decision,” the network revealed Saturday that the idea for the show actually came from a fan.
Nov 1, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
There have long been rumors that a fan actually came up with the idea, as a person identified only as “Drew” from Columbus, Ohio, proposed the show in a mailbag column published by then-ESPN writer Bill Simmons. That column ran Nov. 26, 2009 — more than seventh months before “The Decision” aired on July 8, 2010.
During “The Decision” broadcast, a then-25-year-old James infamously proclaimed, “I’m going to take my talents to South Beach” — an instant punch