LeBron James has the opportunity of a life time in making a decision this off-season.
He can sacrifice a huge contract in exchange for creating a dynasty.
How could this be possible?
The three biggest names in one of the greatest free-agency's of all time can all sign to the same team if they agree to take a significant pay cut. And when I say significant, I mean HUGE! But financially for them, it might not be as bad as it sounds.
For arguments sake, as of now, all three of those players have enough money to last an eternity. Whether through endorsements, advertisements, or selling their jerseys and shoes, they should be taken care of for the rest of their lives.
It has to be the smartest move that any of those players could make in this pivotal moment of their careers. They could instantly build a dynasty.
What team would they sign to, you ask? Who cares! It doesn't matter. If they each agree to sign contracts that would fit into any teams cap space, then it's a done deal.
Can you imagine a team with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh running the floor? It wouldn't even be fair. Especially since all three of them are entering or are already in the prime of their careers.
Let's take the Chicago Bulls as our first experiment. We're talking about a lineup that has Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade bringing the ball up the court, looking to pass off to either LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Joakim Noah.
Does this sound realistic? Probably not.
But if you look at the bigger picture and think about the long term effect of this happening, we're talking about a potential team that could win championships for a long, long time.
Any team with Bosh, James and Wade would automatically become championship contenders. It would be the equivalent of having a Dream Team.
Pulling of a move like this would bring LeBron's legacy to another level. He would become the global icon that he strives to be.
Every athlete talks about how they play for the love of the game and that it's not about the money. A lot of athletes talk the talk but how many of them actually walk the walk?
How many athletes out there would be willing to take pay cuts to have the opportunity to make history? It seems so simple to me that I'm surprised that something like this hasn't happened already.
LeBron already has a couple of MVP trophies. Wade has his championship. Bosh is still looking for a team that could play a high-level of basketball. They need each other to get what they want.
Every athlete wants to be remembered as a winner. Individual achievements are great, but it's the championship rings that separate the good from the great. And the great players from the greatest.
LeBron James could go down in history as one of the greatest players ever because of his highlight reel dunks and amazing athletic ability.
Or he could be remembered as the player who decided that winning was more important than anything else and did something about it.
Would any team in the NBA be able to stop them if they were all playing together? Not a chance.
The possibilities would be endless. The sky would be the limit.
If James, Wade and Bosh would be willing to sacrifice making less money and individual stats to create a dynasty, they would create the greatest team to step on a basketball court, destined for championships for years to come.