Magic, Byrd, Jordan, Bryant. All NBA champions. They did it the old fashion way. They rolled up their sleeves, earned their teamates respect and led by example with hustle and hard work. For some it took up to a decade to accomplish. The satisfaction they must have felt for reaching their dream after so much hard work must have been overwhelming, some wept, others sat quietly and enjoyed the moment, others celebrated with fans. One thing you can never take away from them, they all stayed in the cities that chose them, didn't complain and worked with the cards they were dealt, they all earned their titles the hard way. They put their team on their backs and won. They were loyal and it paid off. Those days are history.
Welcome to generation easy. Generation lazy. Generation I want it now and I'm willing to sell out the city I was born in to be Dwane Wade's ball-boy, but at least I'll have a championship. Good for you "King". Way to show the kids how to properly make a fool of a entire state by waiting to announce you are dumping them on national television. All this for the Boy's and Girl's Club of America. Who knew?
You also taught them how to quit when it gets tough, to take the easy way out. To never feel the overwhelming sense of accomplishment a person gets by doing something that was said to be impossible for decades. Leading the city of Cleveland to a championship. Instead you will try to earn it the easy way. You are going to someone else's city, someone else's team to get your ring.
I haven't decided if this is a good thing for the NBA and its fans or a bad thing. I am neither a Cavs fan nor do I call myself a Raptors fans, although I reside in Toronto. I guess you could say I am a casual NBA fan. I enjoy great match ups, Kobe vs James, Howard vs Peirce, etc. I do know this. For some reason this whole fiasco, from James leaving his hometown and taking the easy route and doing it on national television all the while ripping Cleveland's heart out, disrespecting ownership by not even giving them 24 hour notice as to what his decision would be to the 20,000 person press conference in Miami to stroke three superstars already large ego's and take turns arguing about how many championships they will win. " We ain't gonna win one, or two, or three, or four, five, six, seven..." claims James in front of 20,000 screaming fans as Bosh & Wade wide eyed, smile and nod their heads like two 6 year olds anticipating Christmas morning.
How about starting with one "Mr King". How about waiting to see who the other 10 players on your team will be. I'm guessing with all the dollars left they can probably sign the Washington Generals, or perhaps the stadium hot dog vendor requires a part time job as point guard? Either way this may be the greatest trio ever assembled on a basketball court but there lack of humbleness will be there achilles heel. Take their ego's, add overconfidence and sprinkle in a little impatience and all roads point to the biggest disappointment in the history of sports. They will win lots of games, probably blow out a lot of teams, but come crunch time, come game 7 of the semi finals, my money is on the humble guys. The Peirce's, Bryants and even Nash's of the NBA. Put simply I wanna see these guys fail for no other reason as to say the little guy can still win, building thru the draft can still work, patience and hard work will be rewarded.
Now I may be wrong about Miami's demise. They may, as James suggested real off 5 or 6 titles in a row. Even so they will be looked upon as the New York Yankees of Basketball, they will be looked upon as the dynasty that bought it. Simply put, they hired the best available and won. I guess there's nothing wrong with that for most people. I guess you could say I'm a little old school that way, or maybe I cant accept the new way many sports teams build their championships, by throwing cash at it. Maybe we as fans have made it this way. Most of us don't have the patience our parents & grandparents did, sitting season thru season waiting and watching as our players developed, waiting and hoping we can one day witness a championship. To appreciate it, not take it for granted when our teams finally win. Most of us don't have that patience, we want it all today, now, or we wont support the team. We wont buy tickets & jerseys.
James could have stayed with Cleveland, worked his butt off, been patient and eventually won one or perhaps two or more titles with the Cavs. This surely would have lifted him to God like status in his hometown as well as gone down in history as the one man who has brought any type of championship in 40 plus years to what is arguably the saddest sports city in North America next to maybe Buffalo (sorry Buffalo). They surely would have erected a statue of him. He would of retired as a respected champion, they would have retired his number, given him the key to the city, practically owned his hometown. The King of Cleveland so to speak.
I guess in his mind that wasn't good enough. You see Cleveland is a small city, no movie stars, no crazy bar scene, you don't get much attention living in Cleveland. Miami on the other hand...gets you all of that plus the beach, the women, and of course the chance at many more titles at a much quicker rate.
I still believe patience is a virtue. I guess I'm old fashioned. Welcome to Generation Easy.