LeBron James Chooses Miami. What Now?
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My opinion on the LeBron James decision is and has been very clear. I think he made the wrong decision for himself. If he wins a title with Miami (and that's a big if), he will forever be known as Dwyane Wade's sidekick in the city where Wade has already won a title. He's essentially saying that he can't do it without another MVP-type of player. Ultimately, James is saying he is more Scottie Pippen than Michael Jordan.
If that's how LeBron chooses to be remembered for his legacy, that's his decision. If it's only about winning a championship and not about how he wins, then he made the best decision. But I wonder - if he does win a championship and doesn't get awarded MVP, how will he feel then? Ego has been foremost in this entire process. And even worse, what if they don't win a title? He will most certainly regret his decision.
In addition, even Pat Riley looks upon Wade as their franchise player. He said in a released statement, "We are thrilled that LeBron James and Chris Bosh have decided to come to Miami to join forces with our truly great player, Dwyane Wade." Notice James and Bosh are joining Wade on Wade's team in Wade's city.
As if that wasn't enough, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wrote an open letter to Cavs fans using Comic Sans font ripping James to shreds. "This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment," Gilbert said.
He continued, "But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called "curse" on Cleveland, Ohio. The self-declared former "King" will be taking the "curse" with him down south. And until he does "right" by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma."
Gilbert even made a bitter, personal promise to the fans. "I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE. You can take it to the bank," he said.
According to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, "In phoner w/ AP, Gilbert says "People have covered up for [James] for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is." People like...Gilbert."
While Gilbert is drinking himself to sleep in depression tonight, Wade and Bosh are drinking in celebratory style. From Wade and Bosh's Twitter:
@dwadeofficial MIAMI. Welcome my brothers @KingJames and @chrisbosh to YOUR city.
What will Miami do now that they have three superstars on their team?
1) They traded Michael Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a second-round pick in order to clear up cap space.
2) The opened up cap space then allows them to get a swingman who can shoot 3-pointers since neither Wade nor James are great outside shooters. The Heat have reportedly offered Mike Miller a five-year, $27.5 million deal with a Thursday deadline. If they can't get Miller, Raja Bell or Rasual Butler could be another option.
3) Get a center so Bosh doesn't have to guard the best post players. Shaq could decide to take less money and return to the team. However, they could also determine that Dexter Pittman or Jarvis Vanardo are good enough to support the above stars.
4) Sign a veteran reserve guard to provide depth in the backcourt. The Heat have contacted Roger Mason Jr. about a possible deal.
Miami is putting itself in good shape to make a title run. But will there be enough space for three superstar egos to all fit?
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