LeBron James believes in many things.
He believes in making it rain powder before opening tip. He believes in rooting for evil sports conglomerates. And he believes that when it comes to working out, the more fire present and the less clothes on, the better.
“I think only time will tell, but they definitely improved their roster bringing in Jennings and Josh, and Big Shot [Billups] as well,” James said, per ESPN's Michael Wallace. “[On] paper, they look like they can be pretty good this year.”
LeBron's Miami Heat are no stranger to looking good on paper. Their lineup cards have been intimidating for more than three years now. Along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, he also understands the challenges Detroit is facing.
With so many new and prominent faces, it can be difficult to adjust. When stars collide, the results aren't always pretty. Or even watchable. The same holds true each time a confluence of second-tier talents join forces too. Sacrifices must be made or partnerships run the risk of failing.
As someone who has put many of his old impulses aside since arriving in Miami, LeBron urged the new-look Pistons to streamline a team-first mentality, just like the Heat have done.
“No individual can do it by himself,” James said. “But they have a lot of talent. If they buy into what Mo Cheeks is trying to preach to them, then they're really going to be pretty good.”
In Detroit, next to an ill-advisded, jump-shot happy J-Smoove and a score-first big in Monroe, constantly letting them fly isn't going to, well, fly. Jennings and everyone else in the Motor City must be unselfish.