The #17 saga was ONLY a fiasco on this board. Nowhere else in the media was he mentioned, outside of a few online articles. #17 didn't appear in public one time throughout the whole fiasco. LeBron on the other hand was all over TV, the world covered the damn story. Every little thing was LeBron this and LeBron that. ESPN acted as if they were reporting on a nuclear threat at the height of the Cold War. And then LeBron goes on TV with the 'Decision' and he shows what a complete egotist he was with "I'm taking my talents..." There was no humility in it at all. People were pissed off, and had the right to be. LeBron grew up a lot over the past few years and has actually become palatable.
Nonetheless, no one should be likening the #17 thing to the LeBron 'Decision'. In one, the most ardent Devils fans kept the story going among themselves. In the other, the entire media devoted their lives to covering what seemed like 'a god coming down from heaven'. Even worse NBA fans themselves couldn't shut up about it and talked about it like it was the biggest decision the world ever faced. It was all nauseating and there shouldn't be anyone who looks back on it fondly. It was fitting that both sagas happened in the same summer, because it contrasted the honor and humility of the NHL with the pomp and vanity of the NBA.
Glad the Boys and Girls Club got some money though, that's great.