Last night in an article I felt I wrote to soon, I reported that according to ESPN LeBron James would announce tonight that he would play for the Miami Heat. Now there is no rumor, and LeBron will be wining, dining, and hooping in South Beach.
Now everyone wants to know: Can they co-exist? Well as many of you that have just run off the Cleveland bandwagon, boarded the first flight to Miami, and are about to hop on the Miami bandwagon, I can only wish you fans luck. One of the only MVPs to leave their team after winning the award (the first since Moses Malone did it in 1982), LeBron has left the only place he knew in Cleveland and is now focused on building a superstar team with three players to focus on that ring.
Will he get it right away? The short answer is yes, because they have three of the best superstars in the NBA, and there is no way they can lose. Now they will have to exceed the salary cap, sign veterans at an exception level, and find guys who are willing to just basically step on the court and let these three superstars go to work.
As he announced his decision and ESPN got film of former fans in Cleveland burning his jersey, LeBron commented, "I can't get involved." And he's right, he can't. I show him respect for not becoming emotional and saying anything bad about anyone. If you're a LeBron fan you are happy, if you are a Miami Heat fan you're on cloud nine.
ESPN during this past week played a highlight reel of LeBron's past seasons with background music of Eminem's new song "Not Afraid." LeBron, as a 25-year-old man, was not afraid to leave his hometown and break hearts, but as he has said, it is a business decision, and he wants to win right away.
So, LeBron, best of luck to yourself, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and all those down there in Miami playing for the Heat. As NBA fans we should relish this because we will never see three players in their prime join together for two of them to get their first ring (LeBron and Bosh) and Wade to get his second.
This is once in a lifetime opportunity to see the stars align on one team and go for the ring, but I'm not handing it to them. They still have the Lakers and the Thunder to beat in the West. The Bulls have gotten better and Orlando is always up there, and while Boston may have gotten older, they're experienced. Super team appearance, super team performance?
Questions once again asked, answers to be proven. You've got your team now, LeBron, and you have your teammates and friends in Wade and Bosh. Pat Riley must fill the roster, and you guys must play as a team and win as a team if you want that ring. If you ever need help there's a certain guy in Los Angeles wearing the number 24—he could help you out.
Good luck to the Miami Heat and their three superstars: Wade, Bosh and LeBron. But now it's time to back up all the talk. You wouldn't have gone to Miami if you knew you couldn't win, right? So go win, back it up, and now your legacy once you win will be the guy who needed other superstars to win.