On July 8, 2010, ESPN had its infamous live-broadcast of LeBron James’ decision, where he eventually announced that he would sign with the Miami Heat.
While the broadcast drew insanely high ratings for something like that, with an average of 9.948 million people watching the show in the United States, and 13.1 million watching at the time of James’ announcement, LeBron had to face a lot of criticism for the prolonged wait until his actual decision, as well as the show itself.
Now, Iman Shumpert, who later became James’ teammate during his second stint with the Cavaliers, revealed that he believes that LeBron James ruined basketball with his move to the Miami Heat:
“Bron ruined basketball. he thought he was making it better I get him. Me personally, I love the NBA for the loyalty that I thought was there. He basically knocked the fourth wall down like the organisation they bull****ting, we doing what we want. Great business move for sure but when you think about it outside looking in like, I got people tweeting me right now. They like literally talking about owners and trades, it’s like bro y’all aren’t supposed to be talking about none of this actually.”