THROWBACK: LeBron James decides to join the Miami Heat
NBA.com Global on Jun 30, 2018 11:42 AM
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Dwyane Wade #3, Chris Bosh #1 and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat show off their 2012 NBA Championship rings prior to the NBA game against the Boston Celtics on October 30, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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On July 8, 2010, LeBron James transformed the NBA landscape when he announced his decision to join the Miami Heat.
After much build up during "The Decision" special on ESPN, James famously said he was leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to, "take his talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat." The decision ended James' seven-year stint in Cleveland, which resulted in two NBA MVPs but no NBA championships.
James joined fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami to form a super team that reached the NBA Finals in four-straight seasons from 2010-14. After falling to the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011 NBA Finals, the Heat won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.
LeBron returned to Cleveland in the summer of 2014 after earning two NBA MVPs, two NBA championships and four All-Star appearances during his four seasons in Miami.