Apparently, the trio met over the weekend to discuss their basketball futures. It was the latest saga in the free agency bonanza that begins in less than 48 hours.
Now, if you're like me, you lost track a long time ago about who to really "trust" in terms of sources.
At first, it seemed likely he was going to stay with the Cavs. Next, the Knicks were the rumored team. That seems to have cooled off a bit, as the Chicago Bulls came to the forefront. Now, it's all over the ESPN bottom line that the Heat are the "new favorites" for King James.
My first thought is, why would LeBron do this? What a travesty this would be for the NBA. Unlike LeBron vs. Kobe, his rivalry vs. Wade is a legit one, as they are both top tier talents from the 2003 draft class. The NBA doesn't have enough of these individual rivalries.
Not to mention, these guys all have alpha dog personalities. LeBron knows that he needs better talent around him to win a title, but I think at the end of the day, he would still like to get the majority of the credit. A ring as part of this dynamic trio, and people would always discredit his accomplishments.
There certainly is a camp of people who might think, "yeah well, every championship team needs a great supporting cast. Kobe needed Gasol and Jordan needed Pippen."
Clearly, this is different.
Kobe and Jordan are/were still known as the undisputed leaders of their respective teams. They were the best in their business, competing alongside another star who was a top 10-15 in the league talent, NOT another star who was a top 3-5 talent.
Speaking of Kobe and Jordan. I won't get into comparing those two men, as it has zero to do with this topic, but their competitive zeal is comparable, and is off the charts. Already, I question LeBron in that regard, and should this rumored trio occur in reality, it tells me something about the guy.
The draft class of 2003 has a very close relationship. I have no qualms about these guys being close friends off the court, but don't team up. At the end of the day, the rings would probably come should this happen, but at what cost?