I've refrained from
blogging about Lebron James for too long. Initially opting to leave the
commentary to the peeps that do this sort of thing for a living, shit
just got too bizarre last night for me to hold back from airing my
grievances any longer. So here's a rundown of the winners and losers in
this Lebron James saga that has finally boiled over after stewing for three
years:(Note: For posterity's
sake, I'm just going to refer to this newly conceived hydra of Lebron
James/Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh as ‘SuperTeam' because ‘The Big 3' was taken.)WINNERS
(and there ain't too many)
You're the man now dawg!
Dwyane WadeFor the uninitiated, Wade has already
won a championship with the Heat in 2006. And while many haters point to
the presence of Shaquille O'Neal as a means to detract from the
accomplishment, there's really no need to look further than the 28.4
points per game in the playoffs and the Finals MVP he took home, signifying that it was his team and his title. The way the league is
currently aligned, you're going to need more than one superstar to carry
a team to the promise land. He had one with Shaq in 2006. Didn't have
anyone this past year and got bounced in the first round. Now he has two
superstars to fucks with and he didn't even have to leave South Beach.
Rich getting richer.
"Note to self: Cha-Ching!"
NBA commissioner David SternIf there's one thing
The Commish loves more than anything, it's ratings. There's little doubt
in my mind that he's already penciled in Lebron's return to Cleveland
for the big Christmas Day showcase and that he's absolutely salivating
at the prospect of a Finals match-up featuring the SuperTeam trying to
knock off the reigning champ Lakers.
Lebron JamesGutless. Regardless of
your previous basketball related opinion on the man, it's tough to deny
that despite the over-the-top ego stroke of doing something no
athlete has done before (a primetime special to announce his free agency
decision), it all would've been worthwhile had he opted for the feelgood
outcome. The prodigal son returning to deliver his people a title.But even if you are
absolutely sick of Cleveland, go play for the Knicks. Rumblings of the
Knicks clearing space to obtain him began in 2006, before anyone even
cared what a mid-level exception or a capologist was. That's four
seasons of ineptitude in the name of "The King" down the shitter because
he opted to shy away from the limelight.In fact, every city
that made him an offer had a built in high pressure scenario that
Lebron ducked. In Chicago, he would've been in the shadow of the
greatest to ever play the game. If he landed with the Clippers, he's
facing exponentially greater comparisons to Kobe, whose already got the lead with a hand's worth of rings. With New York or New Jersey
(soon to be Brooklyn), he would've encountered the most venomous variety
of all media, NY tabloid reporters, in the Mecca of all things
basketball.Instead he opted for
the easy way out. A scenario in Miami where he doesn't even have to be
the best player on his team to win. When I used to hear all the rash
commentary on how he will go down as an all-time great, I didn't
take offense, because MJ didn't even win his first ring until he was 28. But
all this shit's got to stop. Jordan, Bird, Magic, Russel, etc. left
everything on the court night in and night out to earn their rings with
squads they helped to birth. They didn't exploit the salary cap system
so they could fuck off with their friends in Miami while rolling over
only way I see Lebron redeeming himself in this situation? If Wade
and Bosh die in a plane crash and he leads a ragtag collection of D-leaguers to ten consecutive titles.
The Citizens of Cleveland, OHIt's certainly already
tough enough living in Cleveland. Never mind having to burn the jersey
of the man that you've treated like the second coming of Jesus since he first laced a pair of basketball shoes.
Is this the look of a man with job security?
Miami head coach Erik
says he's staying. Wade says he's staying. Team president Pat Riley
says he's staying. But guess what? He ain't staying. If you need
evidence, look no further than the 05-06 Heat squad. With championship
potential on board, Riles dismissed coach Stan Van Gundy 21 games into the
season, taking over the position and the shine for himself. And it's
doubtful that he'd have any qualms about doing the same to
the mild mannered Spoelstra after pulling the jack move on the loud
mouthed Stan Van.