As numerous sources suggest, LeBron "King" James has made a decision to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat. That means the time has finally arrived for James to admit what everyone else knew along: He can’t win a championship on his own.
If this talented trio comes to fruition, playing together this upcoming season and seasons beyond, it would become the second edition of LeBron’s career. The New Testament of LeBron James, if you will.
From coming out of high school and being christened as the next Michael Jordan, to falling short of a championship, even when playing on the team with the best record in the NBA, James’ image has taken more hits than Manny Pacquiao’s punching bag.
His act has become predictable, from throwing his hands into the air prior to games and scheduling one hour press conferences to announce his next destination and his newest contract. He loves the attention.
Actually, he craves it.
How would The King adjust to not having all eyes on him in a situation like the one Miami presents? It is, after all, Wade’s team and—perhaps more importantly—his city. The question is whether James would be comfortable sharing the spotlight he so passionately covets wherever he is at any given time.
If he does sign to play with the Heat, it will be viewed almost as an admission of humility, something James doesn’t show quite often. Wade and Bosh are among the top players in the Association, so if the Heat end up winning a title in 2010-11, it would not be James’ accomplishment alone. It would almost diminish it in a way.
Even if these three superstars and friends end up playing together this season, nobody can guarantee it will work. It would be the ultimate ego assessment for each player, not to mention meshing as a team on and off the court. If LeBron tells all he wants to play in sunny Florida, it will create the biggest splash of a free agency period everyone thought would be chock-full of surprises.
Look, I’m not persecuting LeBron for making the best decision for himself and his career. He has to do what’s best, and Miami is a lot more attractive than Cleveland in terms of basketball talent. I just wish he would come out and say he needs a lot of help to go the distance.
Then again, the sheer arrogance of “King” James would never admit such truths.