Burned jerseys. Rival fans rallying together. Angry letters in Comic Sans.
Yes, LeBron James's decision elicited many emotions—mostly anger—as he created "Super Friends in South Beach". But, the undeniable truth is LeBron's choice was the best possibility for the NBA.
LeBron James' emergence as the ultimate villain, whether warranted or not, and Miami as the evil empire has to make David Stern giddy with excitement. Everyone now hates Miami, which means everyone tunes in cheer their mistakes. The NBA, as a whole, made out very well.
Bron's decision sent a direct ripple through six teams— the Heat, Cavaliers, Bulls, Knicks, Nets, and even the Clippers—who were all vying for his presence. From what I've seen, most of those fan bases have rallied around their team more, mostly thanks to the same system that sent LeBron to Miami. Free agency gave these teams new toys to play with and cheer for. Bulls fans will rally around Boozer, Knicks fans around Stoudemire, and Nets fans around, um, Travis Outlaw?
Okay, maybe the Nets have a ways to go.
The teams vying for LeBron will now openly root for each other to Beat the Heat. I can guarantee "Beat the Heat" will be the most uttered phrase in the NBA next season. It's easy, it rhymes, and most importantly, it has three syllables. Seriously, Knicks fans and Bulls fans are coming close to acting cordial with each other. That's the LeBron effect.
But LeBron is not the end. While it felt like a buzzer-beating shot, there are still quality players left in the league.
For blue-collar, Midwest cities like Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, they would love to see nothing more than watching their team beat Hollywood East. The Knicks would love to have revenge for the two-year tease. The Nets...uh...may have Jay-Z write a song about it.
The "Super Friends" team is definitely not bad for the NBA, it is the best possible scenario. Fans love to hate teams, and right now, most fans hate Miami quite a bit.
And they're going to hate even more when the season actually starts up. Picture LeBron throwing powder in the air while Wade is doing his pull-ups through the basket and Bosh is...well I don't know what Bosh does.
Did anyone watch the Raptors last season?
As Joakim Noah said, it'll be "perfect ." It'll be Hollywood East. Hell, Jersey Shore and the Kardashians are already there.
The NBA has to love this. Every Heat game, home or away, will be sold out—something which would not have happened if LeBron did not go Miami. It will be the equivalent of the Yankee effect. Yeah, the Cavaliers may suffer in attendance, but the Heat just went from 15th in attendance last year to a surefire top three. Every other team will benefit from their circus coming to town.
Bron's return to Cleveland will rival Favre's return to Lambeau Field. You think you're tired of LeBron now? It will only intensify. Cleveland will have to relive this horror, much more than Packers fans will. Bosh's return to Toronto will undoubtedly will be amplified by Bron's decision as well. His return will rival Vince Carter's return .
Okay, maybe not. That'll be hard to top.
There was talk about,"why doesn't David Stern intervene?" Because he wants this. Because this is the best scenario for the league.
No matter how much it may hurt.