"The Decision" is in. LeBron James is joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.
Together they will form the single most powerful element in the history of our planet.
They could beat up Chuck Norris with all six of their hands tied behind their backs.
They are immune to Kryptonite.
They will win at least the next five NBA Championships.
Not so fast.
Before we start raining praise on Larry (LeBron), Moe (Wade), and Curly (Bosh), let's take a look at why these Three Stooges have an uphill battle to raising the Larry O'Brien Trophy next June and reigning over the NBA.
They may say otherwise now, but do you really believe that these three superstars are going to be willing to forgo their own statistical achievements for the good of the team?
Simply put, all three will see a drop in their numbers as they adjust to sharing the spotlight with two other superstars.
Furthermore, who takes the big shot with the game on the line? You’re telling me that these three stars who have had their ego stroked to death over the past seven seasons aren’t going to insist on having the ball in the closing seconds?
And once those egos come out, the honeymoon will come to a screeching halt.
While Miami was collecting superstars like trading cards, the Celtics quietly brought back the nucleus of their veteran squad that just pushed the Lakers to a seventh game in the NBA Championship.
With the Big Three of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce all still wearing green, and the emergence of Rajon Rondo as perhaps the team’s best player, the Celtics still present a formidable obstacle to James and his new gang.
Add to that the signing of veteran Jermaine O’Neal and a couple of young pieces in draftees Avery Bradley and Luke Harangody, and there is no reason to think that the Celts can’t be as good, if not better in 2010-2011.
Furthermore, let’s not forget that both the Celts and Heat could easily fall victim to an ever-improving Bulls squad that added a big piece in Carlos Boozer this week.
With Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Luol Deng, and Joakim Noah also in the starting five, the Bulls will be a team to be reckoned with.
Take a look at the roster of every NBA champion since the days of Magic vs. Bird. What does each and every roster consist of in addition to a superstar or two?
That’s right, role players.
Be it Robert Horry, Steve Kerr, or Michael Cooper, role players are the glue that holds NBA Champions together, and the Heat don’t have any.
Heck, the Heat barely have anyone else on the roster at all.
I know you’ll argue that the signing of veterans looking to win an NBA championship to fill Miami’s need for role players is coming, but tell me this...exactly who is available?
Last I knew Big Shot Rob was happy being a commentator for ESPN.
Mario Chalmers is going to be the guy who keeps the Heat running like a well-oiled machine?
Mario Chalmers is going to be the guy who keeps his three superstar teammates happy?
The same Mario Chalmers who had an assist to turnover rate of just 2.0 last season?
The same Mario Chalmers that the Heat regulated to backup point guard last season after an unspectacular rookie season?
Some have argued that LeBron will recreate himself as Magic Johnson 2.0 and run the point, perhaps even from the forward position.
Those people are crazy.
LeBron is an unbelievable talent, and is very likely a better basketball player than Magic Johnson, but he does not possess the versatility to play exclusively at the point like the Magic Man did.
How many total NBA titles have LeBron, Bosh, and Wade won? One.
Kobe Bryant? Five. Derek Fisher? Five. Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum? Two each.
Do you think all that experience playing in the NBA Finals might help the Lakers prevail should they meet the Heat in June?
To be the best, you have to beat the best. Until someone knocks off Kobe and the Lakers, they are the best and the unquestioned favorite to win it all again.
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