Miami Heat: Let Three-Dom Ring

Gordon TrueCorrespondent IAugust 9, 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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For some reason, in the sports world, pride is a virtue. 

Needing help is a weakness.

Taking the team on your shoulders is heroism.

Working together as a team is overlooked.

We talk about playing "team basketball," yet we want our stars to win by themselves. 

We talk about sacrificing for your teammates, yet we want you to win in spite of your teammates

We want you to be role-models to our children, yet we want you to hate your competition.

We want you to love the game you play, yet we don't want you to even like another player who threatens your status as the best.

Well I, for one, applaud LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh for checking their egos at the door.

Each of them was The Man on his team last year. 

This year, none of them is.

Each of them has chosen to end their pursuit of a championship as an individual and to begin their pursuit of a championship as a team.

These are values that translate to greatness in the real world.

Stop trying to do everything by yourself because you're proud.

Stop viewing other great people as competition and start discovering how you can work together to accomplish greater things than you ever could alone.

Stop caring about what the world around you says about what you should or shouldn't do.

Stop putting people around you that make you look better, and start putting people around that just plain make you better.

In the past month, I've heard endless criticism against Wade, James, and Bosh. Most of it involves criticizing them for having too much ego and not enough ego in the same breath.

If there was ever a group of superstars that seemed ready to play together as a team, this is it. 

So I say bravo. Let this three-dom get their ring.