This isn’t like Kobe/Shaq or Magic/Kareem.
A center is a guard’s best friend and vice versa. There has never been any real answer to who’s the better player between Kobe and Shaq, because they’re completely different players in completely different roles.
Magic and Kareem are the most successful and best overall players at their respective positions to ever grace a court (yes, Kareem over Bill Russell), so how can you begin to compare those two?
But as we saw with Kobe and Shaq, sometimes elite players feud even when they occupy completely separate roles. While that union lasted long enough to win three consecutive titles, it eventually came apart at the seams.
How much easier is it for things to come apart when the players actually have a style conflict?
The roles of James and Wade are too similar, and both of them have alpha male games and personalities, so the two will have a conflict at some point.
If they’re smart, then we’ll never know about it, but it will happen. It just has to.
Clearly, one’s going to need to make more sacrifice than the other.
There’s no doubt that Wade will be the No. 1 decision maker and primary option to start off with, but what happens when the team eventually falls into a slump and/or loses a couple?
Wade will have the backing of the team and management to start, but if James proves to be more effective than Wade as time goes on (and all statistical evidence points that he probably will) don’t be surprised if you see an incredibly slow, yet gradual shift of power.
Miami’s main interest in this offseason was appeasing Dwyane Wade, but now their main interest is going to be winning. If it becomes clear that two interests conflict, Wade’s satisfaction won’t likely be at the forefront of Miami’s priorities for long.