LeBron's Decision Is the Shape of Things to Come

rachelCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2010

MIAMI - JULY 09:  LeBron James #6, Dwyane Wade #3 and Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat show off their new game jerseys before a press conference after a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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LeBron James joining forces with Wade and Bosh has put all players and teams on notice. The new Big Three (whether you agree with that or not) have put the pressure on themselves and all other players who truly play the game to win.

I have no problem with James, Wade, and Bosh taking matters into their own hands. What this move says to me is if the owners are not interested in building a championship team then the players will find a way to do it.

James accomplished an incredible feat in 2007 by bringing his team to the NBA Finals, basically by himself. Go back and look at that roster and tell me who helped him. The only other All-Star who has done that recently was Allen Iverson (we can argue about the contribution of Mutumbo later).

For those who say, if you're a true future Hall of Famer you don't need to join another All-Star to win a championship, no other All-Star has ever done it alone. All the greats had help. Russell, West, Chamberlain, Jabbar, Bird, Magic, Jordan, and Duncan all had help.

I know a lot of people are reacting negatively to LeBron's decision because they are envious and jealous that he put himself in a better position to win a championship.

Reggie Miller saying that LeBron winning a championship in Cleveland would mean more than if he wins in Miami is a bunch of crap. A championship is a championship, one of which Miller doesn't have.

Charles Barkley saying that LeBron joining Wade in Miami has tarnished his legacy. What legacy? Your legacy isn't written until your playing days are well over.

All great players who didn't retire with a championship ring can't tell me that they feel their career is complete. That's why you play the game.

Barkley said he could understand if LeBron was at the end of his career before he joined another superstar to win a championship. Barkley tried to win a championship in Houston at the end of his career with Pippen, Olajuwon, and Drexler. How did that turn out?

Miller attempted to come back to play with Garnett, Allen, and Pierce in 2008. What happened there?

LeBron is not leaving his fate in the hands of a Cleveland organization that couldn't field a championship team in seven years. The team has been going backwards ever since they made it to the Finals.

Dan Gilbert was carelessly surrounding LeBron with a bunch of Titos (as Charles Barkley would say), while Boston was signing their Big Three, and the Lakers picked up Pau Gasol and Ron Artest.

As Garnett told LeBron, "You can't get your youth back."  You don't think that helped him leave Cleveland? He could see the writing on the wall. Garnett barely got out of Minnesota before his body broke down.

How long did Dan Gilbert think LeBron James was going to wait to build a better team? Gilbert didn't protect his investment and has no one to blame but himself.

LeBron could have handled his departure differently, but there was a whole nation waiting for "The Decision." If he had said, "I'll be taking my talents to (your team)," you would be celebrating just like they were in South Beach.

So we shouldn't act like what LeBron did was so horrible. It was narcissistic because he didn't choose your team.

I think this is a great thing for the NBA. Other teams that want to win a championship and keep their star players will pattern their teams after Miami.

This move has kind of put the players in control.

There have already been rumblings of Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul choosing New York. I think this is the shape of things to come.