So LeBron James is going to Miami to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh on the Heat. I’m a little surprised, but then I’m not. It’s shocking that he’s abandoning his home state and team, essentially becoming a pariah in Ohio. I don’t know how he’ll ever be able to return “home.” If I was a Cavs fan, I would riot outside his mansion in Akron. But take another step back and look at the big picture here.
This is LeBron James we’re talking about. I predicted back in May that James would be leaving the Cavs based on his performance in the 2010 playoffs. Everything leading up to this free agency period supported my claims that he was an egotistical pre-madonna more concerned with his money and “brand” than winning championships. The whole Decision ESPN special was an abortion. Hype beyond hype. A terrible precedent set by a selfish athlete and a pandering television network. None of this should be a surprise to us knowing James’ track record.
The one change in LeBron’s destiny may be that he now has the opportunity to win. As he said, this was his main motivation in joining Miami. It’s easy to argue that Miami is now the favorite to win the Eastern Conference. James, Wade and Bosh are a great combination on paper and in an All-Star game, but can they put their egos aside and form a winning team? Can the Heat surround the new big three with enough roll players? If the Heat don’t meet expectations will Pat Riley assume the role of coach? Will ESPN carry every single Heat game in prime time? If they do win, does it lessen LeBron’s legacy because he now has superior talent around him?
Chicago was the best fit for him. New York/New Jersey had the most potential. Miami was the selfish choice. LeBron said he made this decision to make himself happy. The big spoiled baby wants to play with his friends. He wants to live on South Beach and be the KING. He needed a Jordan to his Pippen. I call severe bullshit on LeBron’s motivation of “happiness.” Now that we know where he’s going and (kinda) why he chose his destination, we now have the rest of the summer to wonder whether the change of scenery will be worth it.
There are many questions left unanswered. Most won’t be solved until the season tips off in October. What we do know now though is that there are no more fucking excuses. LeBron now has the teammates. He’s picked his spot. No more excuses. Show up or shut up. The Heat now have the biggest target on their back and if they don’t win, this will be the biggest farce in NBA history. If LeBron doesn’t win multiple championships, then he is a failure, potential unfulfilled. Basketball is a team game. I severely doubt this Heat experiment will be successful.