On one of the most anticipated nights in recent memory, LeBron James told the world that he would join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat next season. As soon as James revealed this league-altering news, this image immediately became tarnished.
To me, it’s crazy how quickly America has turned against LeBron. He has single-handily destroyed the city of Cleveland. He came into the backyards of both the Nets and Knicks, only to tell us he’s going to Miami? Only Chicago and Los Angeles didn’t suffer psychological trauma from tonight. Cities aside, how will this decision effect LeBron’s image?
Forget about being like Michael Jordan, LeBron. Forget about being Kobe, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Bill Russell. What do all five of these players have in common? They created their own legacies. LeBron decided tonight that he doesn’t want to be solely responsible for a team’s successes or failures. To me, that’s a cop out and the sign of a mentally-weak player. LeBron James could have signed with any other team and I really wouldn’t have had a problem with it. But, don’t try to market this whole ‘LeBron James brand’ when you can’t even be the leader on your own team. This is Dwyane Wade’s team, you are just his sidekick.
Who knows how good the Heat will be next season. Some are saying that they are NBA title favorites. Others say that they aren’t even the best team in the Eastern Conference. Just remember, basketball is played with one ball, not three. All three of these All-Star players will need to adjust their games. Personally, I think Chris Bosh is over-rated, but that’s a different topic for another day. Give me Pau Gasol or KG any day of the week.
LeBron James will go to bed tonight thinking about how many people he let down in Cleveland. He will have visions of Madison Avenue dancing in his head. He knows that the Heat will deal with enormous pressure to win now. He’ll go to bed tonight not aspiring to be Michael Jordan, but to be the Scottie Pippen to Wade’s Jordan. The self-proclaimed ‘King’ is now the Court Jester. Pun intended.