LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh: The Next Big Three
This summer may mark the beginning of another dynasty that we’ll be talking about for years to come.
With the most free cap space in the league according to ESPN, the Miami Heat could potentially sign three of the leagues biggest star.
Jalen Rose and William "Worldwide Wes” Wesley might have already proclaimed the Chicago Bulls the winners of this year’s free agency summer, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
NBA players are just as human as anyone else and can change their mind at any time. James, Wade, and Bosh probably won’t make a decision for another couple weeks, and they certainly won’t be asking the likes of Rose and Wesley to help them.
On a personal note, I’d love to have LeBron and Bosh on the Bulls. I’ve lived in Chicago all my life and have been a die-hard Bulls fan as long as I can remember. I can’t, however, ignore the facts.
Miami—and it pains me to say this—is a much more attractive place to play than Chicago. And it isn’t just about the insane weather and beaches.
To start, Miami’s front office is one of the best in the league. Heat majority owner Micky Arison has always been willing to provide whatever resources it takes to win, while letting Pat Riley make all the calls.
The same, unfortunately, can’t be said of the Bulls. Wade criticized the Bulls for their relationships with former player. The bout Bulls management had with former head coach Vinny del Negro doesn’t help their image either.
Before they sign, James and Bosh need to be certain that the Bulls management is willing willing to give Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah the money they deserve when their contracts are up.
The new head coach for the Bulls, Tom Thibodeau, might have been a great hire, but he still remains unproven. Pat Riley on the other hand, is a tried-and-tested veteran coach and arguably one of the best in the league. I wouldn’t be surprised if the allure of working with Riley alone might have some influence in the Next Big Three’s decision. If there’s anyone that can coach a group of talented players like themselves, it’s him.
Some say that James’ reputation would be tarnished if he won his first rings with another superstar like Wade on his team, and that James knows it and won’t have it. However, Miami presents James with an opportunity of a lifetime.
The Heat would be the perennial championship favorites for years to come if James teamed up with Wade and Bosh. Forget about three-peats—James could potentially get a ring on his finger every year of his contract. I
f the Next Big Three live up to expectations, they could be mentioned alongside the Celtics of the 50’s and 60’s, the Bulls of the 90’s, and the Lakers of this decade.
That sort of legacy—and LeBron knows this—is more sacred than any individual accomplishment. The craze over LeBron this offseason, the consecutive MVP awards, etc. should have shown him that he is the most coveted and gifted player in the league.
I guess the other 29 teams will just have to wait a few years for their chance at a title.
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