It may have seemed like an easy decision for LeBron James to team up with a couple superstars in South Beach, but for several reasons, LeBron made the situation tougher for him and he has altered the NBA landscape for years to come.
The new trio in Miami has shifted the powers in the league without playing a game.
LeBron polarized himself with one simple statement and his legacy will never be the same.
He already said this Heat team will win multiple championships, and it’s gotten to the point where if the Heat win only one ring, this project will be considered a failure.
LeBron’s contemporaries and predecessors have displayed mixed reactions and many are questioning the implications of his actions.
Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan have come out publicly and said they are against the league’s elite teaming up.
It’s too late now though, teams are revamping rosters and every franchise is trying to figure out how to stop contenders like the Lakers, Celtics, and Magic.
Even with the moves the Heat have made, they have a lot to prove before they can be thrown into conversations with the aforementioned teams.
This trend of elite players teaming up will be the forecast for the NBA every summer.
If superstars in the league decide to start teaming up, it will not be the end of the NBA.
If anything, it will only strengthen the league.
Even if all the elite players were spread out among four or five markets, there would still be meaningful games played throughout the season.
As long as there are 30 teams and one championship, the NBA will not take a hit because the talent isn’t spread out.
The teams with less cap space and smaller markets will have to continue to improve through the draft and make moves in free agency like the other teams.
No matter how many All-Stars are on a roster, they still have to play all 82 games and get to the Finals before they get a ring.
The NBA free agency period this summer is a preview of how business will be conducted in the league from now on. The game is evolving on the court as well as in the front office, and this will be the toughest era to win a championship in.