The Decision show was fan's idea, not LeBron James' an ESPN report confirms

Quinton Mayo
NBC Sports Washington

Everything you know is a lie. 

Remember when LeBron uttered the famous phrase, "I'm taking my talents to South Beach?" Yeah, The Decision show he said that on wasn't even LeBron's idea! 

It was Drew Wagner's, the 38-year-old Detroit Pistons fan. Doesn't ring a bell, does it? It's not supposed to. 

According to a recent ESPN piece, Wagner pitched the idea in a Bill Simmons mailbag column published on November 26, 2009 -- seven months prior to The Decision. 

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"What if LeBron announces he will pick his 2010-11 team live on ABC on a certain date for a show called 'LeBron's Choice?'" Drew said. "What type of crazy ratings would that get?"

Simmons then telephoned the idea to his superiors and they loved it. The biggest hurdle was convincing LeBron and his inner circle to get on board.

"I really think we can convince them to do it," Simmons wrote in a May 8, 2010, email to multiple ESPN executives, including then-head of content John Skipper. "So my question is this: should we proceed, and if so, how should we proceed ... At the very least, I think we should meet with these guys and soon ... This could really be one of the coolest sports shows ever made if we do it correctly."

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Through what seems like destiny, the proposed idea reached the hands of LeBron's longtime business partner Maverick Carter who ultimately convinced him to do it. The rest is history. 

Reflecting on it years later, Wagner is simply content with the credit he's received for the idea. Although it's a huge deal, he's playing it cool.

"I don't know how that stuff works," he said. "I always had in the back of mind that maybe I did kick this into some kind of gear ... I don't think I deserve anything from it or any credit. I'm sure plenty of people could have come up with that kind of idea and got the ball rolling. I'm also pretty sure some people would want to shoot the guy who came up with the idea."

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