So I, just like every other NBA fan, was waiting ever so anxiously to find out where LeBron was going to end up for the next 5-6 seasons, and now we have our answer. Perhaps I was blinded by loyalty to the Bulls, or even too much faith in LeBron, that he wouldn’t do what he did and go to Miami. Clearly I was wrong. As it turns out, LeBron wasn’t “The Chosen One”, and he certainly shouldn’t be allowed to refer to himself as “King James” any longer. In my opinion, LeBron just conceded that Dwyane Wade is a greater player than him, and thus, he might as well join forces with him and Bosh on D-Wade’s team to just try and get as many titles as possible. What is LeBron’s greatest motivator? Does this decision tell us that it’s winning, because he thinks with these two guys the 3 of them will be unstoppable? Or is it living a beautiful life in Miami and hanging out with two of his best friends in the league and just having as much fun as possible? We know one thing, whether he thinks this is the best for his legacy or not, history will forever look at him as lesser than Jordan, Kobe, Russell and now even Wade because of this one decision. When Jordan struggled to beat Detroit, he didn’t join his friend Barkley in Philly to beat them. He knew he was the best and in time he would figure it out to be the greatest champion of them all. If the three of them had all teamed up in New York or any other “neutral” franchise, we could still say that this is LeBron’s team, but him going to Miami clearly puts Wade ahead of him. He just put a self-imposed limit on his own career’s ceiling, and I think that is the most disappointing thing for NBA fans, especially when we’ve seen how close he’s gotten to breaking through these past few seasons. I feel robbed. Cheated. LeBron dropped the ball on this one, and either he doesn’t realize this, or deep down he’s too scared to realize his own potential for greatness.
Now, before you start accusing me of contradicting myself because you may have read my post before free agency began, allow me to defend myself and my position. I really wanted LeBron in a Bulls uniform, because I thought the team around him would have been so perfect and my favorite team would have flourished. And even though I hate admitting this, LeBron would have been the clear cut #1 guy in Chicago, and my boy Derrick Rose would have been the #2. I also defended LeBron’s possible choice of Miami, as well, because I said that he probably wouldn’t win any titles if he stayed in Cleveland, and so who wouldn’t want to play with your buddies and run the league? So what I’m trying to say is, even though I feel cheated as a basketball fan, and disappointed as a Bulls fan, I defend LeBron’s decision. He really thinks that this will give him the most titles, and so I didn’t understand why people could be so angry with him for wanting to win? (Hold on for a sec, I’m about to go back and forth on this one a couple of times) I understand why Cleveland fans would be upset about him leaving. I’m a Minnesota sports fan, and so I’ve seen Moss, Garnett, Ortiz, Santana, Hunter, and Culpepper all leave my teams (not all the same scenario as this, I realize). It stinks to lose your favorite players. That being said, I think it’s ridiculous for their fans to hate him so much. The worst was Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert’s letter to Cavs’ fans. I don’t think he understands the concept of free-agency and that it was the rules of the NBA that gave LeBron the right to choose his team. Dan Gilbert just made a ton of money off of LeBron, and that’s how he repays him? Unbelievable that he could have that reaction. It was the logic of a pre-schooler. Now again, Cleveland fans and fans everywhere are now turned off to him for a better reason, and that is that LeBron had to have a one hour special on ESPN to make his announcement just as a way to let everyone know just how big we’ve allowed his ego to balloon over the years, and worse yet, he tries to make it okay by hiding behind his attempt at charity work by giving the money that came from it to the Boys & Girls Club. For this act, there is no defense. My best guess is that this guy is completely without any self-awareness. He’s clueless. And the funniest evidence of this is how he continuously refers to himself in the 3rd person.
So let me in conclusion say that even though we can all be appalled at LeBron’s ego and that everyone outside of Miami is disappointed that LeBron is giving up on greatness, people that think like Dan Gilbert need to grow up and realize that LeBron is a man that has every right to sign with whichever team he chooses. If you wanted to move to a certain city, should you have to gain the approval of millions of other people to do so? That is his choice and his choice only. No one has the right to say where he goes other than himself.
Now that it is all over, I’m somewhat glad that LeBron did go to Miami. This move makes me realize he’s not a true champion, and so why would I want him on my team? Plus, there is a big villain in the East now, and Chicago quietly is using all of their unused cap to get a lot better. I think my team is in good shape, and since chemistry and having a pecking order are such important things in the game of basketball, perhaps the Bulls will be the better “team” and the big 3 in Miami will blow up in their faces. At least, this is what I tell myself as a Bulls fan. As a Timberwolves fan, well, we’re just happy that we got Michael Beasley for nothing thanks to this LeBron signing. We still need a good shooting guard and Ricky Rubio to show up, though.
I do know one thing, it’s going to be fun to root against this team the next few seasons. However, I might find myself rooting for the Lakers in the Finals again, and that would stink.