"We Are All Witnesses" is a slogan derived from the Bible and promoted by apparel giant Nike for a basketball phenom who proclaims himself "King James" and "The Chosen One".
These days, it's confusing as to what we're supposed to be witnessing. Legacy? Betrayal? Collusion?
It's not enough that James came straight to the NBA from high school, shattered insurmountable hype with otherworldly play, appeared in the Finals his fourth year, and won two MVP awards - he's poised to alter the course of professional sports history.
Seeing as the super team trio of James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh has been in the works as early as 2007, the precedent has been set.
David Stern and his cronies better be in NY drafting a more concise "no collusion" clause in the new collective bargaining agreement as I type this.
You can almost hear the conversations of high school, AAU, and college teammates, "If they can do it, we can do it".
Going forward, what prevents amatuer players from foregoing college, going overseas to showcase their talent, skipping the draft, and signing with the team of their choice as a unrestricted free agent?
Two of those options are already in play. If you think about it, the only reason great amatuer players enter the draft is because of an instant pay day.
Especially those highly convinced they'll fall in a lottery slot or the first round in general.
The entire premise of the most recent "Big Three" is winning, not money. All three players continue to stress it's about "multiple championships" and proved it by leaving millions on the imaginary "table".
What if money is not an issue anymore with incoming players? What if they want to win immediately as opposed to waiting for some incompetent GM to put together a team that will compete for a title?
Imagine if this type of thing was in play in 1984? Charles Barkley snatching boards while Jordan kills the rim?
Or 1996? Kobe Bryant's assasin mentality alongside Steve Nash's precision?
Or dare I say, 2003? Lebron James windmillin' and dimin' while Dwayne Wade - Wait, they could've done this 7 years ago!
In my opinion, that's what it's coming to.
Here's the definition of collusion, taken from Wikipedia: An agreement, sometimes illegal and therefore secretive, which occurs between two or more persons to limit open competition by deceiving, misleading, or defrauding...
From all angles it's evident that the Miami Heat (Pat Riley, Dwayne Wade), King James, and Chris Bosh colluded to form a super power basketball team.
It's as obvious as Riley's graying mullet and James' forever receding hairline.
David Stern joined in, turning his back on the obvious truth. In turn the city of Cleveland was deceived, mislead, and defrauded while left to pick up the pieces of what could have been, as they have so many times before.
In the meantime, LeBron James has taken a hit on his legacy and Dwayne Wade has been quoted as saying the newly formed trio is "the best in history".
While only championships can decide that, it's time for Nike to go back to the drawing board and conjure up a new slogan for King James. The whole "Prophet in Nikes" theme was shattered during the telecast of "The Decision".
And Nike, if you need any help with a catchy slogan, I'm here to help.
I was thinking along the lines of "God Don't Like Ugly".
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!