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Pictured: a dropping stock.
From the moment the Heat formed their vaunted mega-trio, they inherited a world of critics for what was seen as an ethically questionable recipe for winning.
LeBron James in particular, years into his personal quest for validation, earned the harshest criticism for taking the road of minimum effort while still expecting equal credit.
This stigma, much like the model that created it (both of which we owe to the Heat), isn't going anywhere in today's NBA. Just ask LeBron. While not a fatal flaw in itself—after all, it hasn't stopped Miami despite being one of its worst enemies—the negative reaction from dodging competition via super-team can and will be a key deterrent.
Even if teams go out of their way not to do it as obnoxiously as Miami did.
For those players who are prepared to trade in immediate respect for championships, there still remains the matter of bragging rights once the deal is sealed.
In a league where a player's rep springs directly from the public's perception, and where championships—traditionally hard-fought—are seen as the ultimate source of bragging rights, there is a loss of lustre that comes from winning with the odds so heavily stacked in one's favor.
Suddenly, a championship isn't the achievement it once was, and the reputation boost that comes with is cheapened in comparison to past champions.
For instance, when LeBron inevitably wins his inaugural title in a couple of days, he will find out to his dismay that his critics will, for the most part, not evaporate as he prays they will.
He will find that people will still withhold the respect he needs so dearly to regain, because a ring with the help of a big three, super-team, etc., is viewed as a lesser accomplishment.
Other players may witness this (pun intended) and be discouraged accordingly from joining a team that will get them quicker success at the expense of personal respect.
This may not have been all too obvious before, but once LeBron is done with his first championship run, he could very well be a cautionary tale for others, rather than a smiling poster boy for "the new way to win."
While attempting to bring any further big threes together, public perception and loss of respect can be an obstacle to player recruitment; once formed, it can cause massive levels of distraction, which not all teams or players are equipped to handle.