LeBron James to Miami: 10 Reasons Dwyane Wade Will Still Be Alpha Dog
After months of hype anticipation, the long-awaited "Decision" has finally been made and LeBron James is ditching Cleveland for the sunny waters of South Beach.
James will form arguably the best basketball trio in the history of the NBA when he steps onto the court with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh next season.
The King sacrificed money and legacy as well as relinquishing the No. 1/it's-my-show role by signing with the Heat, as Miami already has its hero in Wade. Wade is the established go-to-guy in Miami and has been awing Heat fans for seven years now that includes a Final MVP award with the 2006 title winning team.
Not only was LeBron the No. 1 guy in Cleveland, he is one of the best basketball players in the entire world. Now that he is in Miami, he oddly finds himself in a No. 2 role, which he will gladly accept.
Here are 10 reasons why D-Wade still runs the show in South Beach.
LeBron Knows D-Wade is Miami's Man
LeBron didn't leave everything he achieved and earned in Cleveland (as well as $30 million in salary) thinking he would be the No. 1 guy in Miami.
He inked the deal with Miami knowing Wade is the alpha-dog on the Heat. James knows not to steal his thunder. While James will unquestionably be one of the team's leaders, he accepts Wade has more of a say and his opinion is valued above all.
Because Pat Riley Says So
Pat Riley's offseason goals were to re-sign Dwyane Wade and surround him with the proper talent to make the Heat championship contenders. And Riley went above and beyond by not only re-signing Wade, but also adding LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
But the entire point of that was to surround WADE. All these moves were done by Pat Riley in order to appease Wade and build a dynasty in Miami. Riley and Wade won a championship together before and Riley believes Wade can deliver another one, which is why he went all out in the free agency bonanza.
Riley has firmly stated that Wade is Miami's man.
Dwyane Wade Led Miami to a Title Before
Regardless of all of LeBron's individual accolades, championship rings talk louder. And D-Wade has the advantage of having won a championship, as well as being the 2006 Finals MVP.
Between Wade, James, and Bosh, they have a whopping one title to show for and Wade is the one with the ring. That gives Wade more say than anyone on the team, especially because the title was with the team he led.
Like Wade, James, and Bosh so adamantly stated, "sacrifice" was a key component in this decision. All three All-Stars will have to sacrifice stats and money to make this happen.
And surprisingly, James was all for the sacrifice. He even said that this is Wade's team and that he is just here to win. He clearly is ready to win and doesn't care about being the No. 1 guy as he was in the past.
If LeBron Wants to Win, He Won't Complain About Being No. 2
If LeBron finally wants to win a title, he'll accept a slightly less superstar role and allow Dwyane Wade to be Miami's alpha dog.
And since he said he wants to form a dynasty and win "not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six titles," then he better not cause issues on whose team it is.
If Wade is the unquestionable leader, LBJ will get that much closer to his first ring.
Wade is Already a Team Captain
Along with Udonis Haslem, Wade is one of the Miami Heat's co-captains. As a captain that has a seven-year tenure in Miami, he is automatically looked to as alpha dog.
LeBron can't simply come in and replace that.
Miami Fans Say So
Just as Cleveland was devastated by LeBron darting for Miami, Heat fans would have been just as heart broken if Wade would have signed elsewhere.
Wade means so much to the city of Miami and its fans. People love and adore him with all their heart, and have witnessed so many amazing times in his seven year career with the team. Regardless of what players signed with the Heat, even as someone as huge as LeBron James, Wade can never be replaced in Heat fans' hearts.
Erik Spoelstra Will Continue To Coach With That Attitude
Third year head coach Erik Spoelstra has always coach the Miami Heat with Dwyane Wade being the go-to-guy and I suspect he will continue to coach that way.
Just because LeBron James and Chris Bosh are on the roster, that doesn't change the fact that a lot of the plays are designed for D Wade and that the system runs through him. Obviously with James on board, some of the game plan will be altered to accommodate his game, but Spoelstra will continue to coach with the mindset that Wade is the man.
Because Wade Took the Biggest Pay Cut
Wade is getting paid $14.2 million in the first year of his six-year deal, which is slightly less than the maximum and slightly less than what Bosh and James inked deals with the team for.
The fact that re-signing Wade was the Heat's top offseason priority and the one with the tenure, it's quite unselfish that he took the least amount of money.
His unselfish act gives him full rights to be the alpha dog in Miami.
Because D-Wade Recruited LeBron to His Team
The fact is LeBron James left his team to come to Dwyane Wade's team. Wade was a key person to lead the recruiting pitch by the Miami Heat and the main reason why James was lured away from his hometown Cavaliers.
James had to make the extremely difficult decision to leave the place he was born and raised, while loved and adored, knowing that he would be hated if he did so. The fact that Wade was able to lure him away from that and recruit him to sign with his Miami Heat shows who is the alpha dog in Miami.