LeBron James: Is He Still a King?
This summer provided us with one of the biggest stories in basketball for quite some time. This year’s free agent market was filled with big stars all around. Three of the biggest names out there included Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and The King, LeBron James. What ended up happening is these three decided to join one team.
Despite the salary cuts and the fact that their numbers wouldn’t be the same, they gathered on one team with one goal, to win!
While the sports world was quick to take shots at these three, I for one don’t see anything that terrible in what they did. Keep in mind that they put aside money for themselves and know that if they all play together they won’t all be averaging 29 PPG. Plus, it’s three friends coming together on one team and I don’t see how that’s a problem. Hell that should be heartwarming.
However, I am not here to defend them.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are two of the best players in the NBA. Hate them or love them, you know it’s true. The question becomes who is going to be the real leader in Miami. Who’s going to be the King? Who is Batman and who is Robin?
Basically what I’m asking is this: Who will be the big player in Miami, and who’s going to be the sidekick?
Neither of these two look like the sidekick type. I think that’s obvious considering Wade has been leading Miami and LeBron was a king in Cleveland. However, you can’t have two kings now, can you? Look at the Celtics for example. They have their Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce, but I think it’s clear to everyone that Pierce is the king in Beantown.
Well first off, let’s look at some of the stats.
LeBron James averaged 29.7 PPG, 8.6 APG, and 7.3 RPG last season while Dwyane Wade averaged 26.6 PPG, 6.5 APG, and 4.8 RPG. So with that being touched upon, it looks like LeBron gets the checkmate in the points category, but points alone do not make a king.
Let’s not forget that Wade has already won over the basketball fans in Miami. He has played in Miami for his whole career and has led them to an NBA Championship Title. Wade, despite not always having the best team around him, has managed to lead Miami to the playoffs regardless. To say that he is a beloved man in Miami would be an understatement.
With that being said, LeBron still has to win over the Miami fans, while Dwyane Wade has already done that. If you ask me, that is the big thing here. Points do matter, but LeBron is coming into Dwyane Wade’s city and not the other way around. It was Bosh and James who came to Dwyane Wade’s Miami Heat. If Wade and Bosh went to Cleveland then it’d be a different story.
Although LeBron was a king in Cleveland, he will not be known as one in Miami. Even if the people in the sports world continue to call him King James, he will still be second to Wade in Miami. Miami is Wade’s kingdom and it’ll stay that way unless James can truly become the leader of the group on AND off the court.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that LeBron is one talented man, but a King he is no more.
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