In Part One of "LeBron James set to average first triple-double of this generation" , I discussed how James' physique gives him the ultimate mismatch if he were to become the main distributor for the Miami Heat.
In an ESPN article I read the other day, Peter Keating stated,
" James' mind will be forced to adjust to a new set of variables in Miami. And they're much, much better. In other words, the scoring probabilities of his teammates have risen to heights he's never seen."
Basically, Keating believes that with James joining the Miami Heat squad, No. 6 can help his team break records that are more unheard of than three superstars pairing up together (while in their prime) to play for one team.
Keating furthers his article to ask the ultimate question,
" Is LeBron willing to trade personal glory for the sake of victory?"
After reading many articles on this same topic, it has become apparent that averaging the triple-double isn't the biggest uncertainty with LeBron James anymore—it is in fact his "ego".
While "The Decision" was nothing short of an absolute disgrace, that cannot be factored into James' potential to average a triple-double for 82 games.
Pushing his ego to the side
Like it or not, LeBron James made his decision to join the Miami Heat for one reason. On his one-hour ESPN special, the 25 year-old couldn't stress enough how much winning championships meant to him.
With the Heat being a team that could arguably go down as one of the greatest ever assembled, LeBron knows that he must push his ego to the side if he wants to accomplish his dream of capturing his first NBA title.
In March James stated,
"If I really wanted to be the scoring [champion] every single year—every single year—I could really do it. But it doesn't matter."
With one of the greatest finishers in the game today , a top perimeter and three-point scoring threat, and a finesse big man that can hit the open jumper or post up in the paint, all James has to do to get closer to his championship aspirations is simply facilitate the offense.
Even if it means passing the rock to Dwyane Wade with the final seconds ticking on the clock (or getting a screen set and attacking the rim only to distribute the Spalding to a wide open Mike Miller in the corner for a three-point dagger, or even dishing a no-look alley-oop pass to Chris Bosh for a game-winning slam dunk), LeBron James will do whatever it takes to give his team the greatest chance of winning basketball games.
Bye bye, ego.
Remember this in the months to come: LeBron James can and will average a triple-double during the 2010-11 NBA season (and be prepared to see some of the most amazing passes that you will ever witness).