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David Stern Tried To Stop 'The Decision' From Ever Happening

LeBron James Decision

There probably isn't a person on planet Earth, apart from maybe an ESPN executive, who believes that LeBron James' decision was a well-thought out venture.

But according to Ian Thomsen's book The Soul of Basketball, the NBA itself knew just how hurtful the program could be to the face of the NBA's image, and repeatedly tried to get it from airing in the first place.

"It was terrible," Stern said (h/t ESPN's Zach Lowe). "It was terrible on its own. It is fair to say that we knew it was going to be terrible, and we tried very hard for it not to happen."

Stern didn't disclose exactly how the NBA tried to stop The Decision from happening in the first place, but he was definitely correct in trying to stop it. Apart from the fact that it raised millions for charity via being broadcasted, nothing positive came from the television event whatsoever.

Even LeBron himself regrets it.

"If I had to go back on it, I probably would do it a little bit different," James told reporters in 2010. "But I'm happy with the decision I made. There's always going to be a misunderstanding. I don't know what I would [have done], but I definitely would have changed it."

Apart from the way it was conducted, the decision to leave Cleveland for Miami did wonders for his career, netting him two titles alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, giving him the experience to snag Cleveland's first NBA title in 2016.