LeBron James-Sacrificial Lamb For Bosh and Wade?

Derek TalibContributor IIIDecember 2, 2010

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 01:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Detroit Pistons at American Airlines Arena on December 1, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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LeBron returns to the scene of the crime where his half hearted effort on the court in the playoffs left fans less than thrilled. LeBron and his south beach amigos all talked of sacrifice and taking less money, but the sacrifice was definitely not distributed evenly.

There has been much attention paid to LeBron James and his immature departure from the city and state he allegedly loves so much. Media, fans, and league officials alike all waited as LeBron made the “Decision”. The soap opera that is the LeBron James show is coming to an arena near you.

The reality of the “Decision” is that LeBron stood a better chance of winning a title this year if he had stayed in Cleveland with Byron Scott. Could the Cavaliers not have the same 11-8 record or better if LeBron James had stayed in Cleveland? There is no way that thought is not running through LeBron’s mind right now.

Part of James has to be thinking that the hatred and scrutiny are not worth the 11-8 mark the Heat have put up, or their 2-5 road record. It is easy for Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade to say how much they empathize with their friend LeBron James, but neither were asked to give up as much.  

A case could be made that the most selfish people in this whole deal have been Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. If you let a friend make such a critical mistake that could so adversely affect their lives, are you really their friend? As LeBron struggles to go home and faces what will be one of the toughest nights of his career, Wade and Bosh get to bask in the most attention paid to either player in their careers.

Who was really paying attention to Dwayne Wade and Miami or Chris Bosh and Toronto before the trio decided to make the Heat relevant again? They all told LeBron “no”, with regards to playing for Cleveland. They all talked about winning championships and that their sacrifice was for rings. Really? If that is the case they would have come to Cleveland with a proven coach and a deep bench. LeBron is the only one of the three that gave up everything to make the move while Bosh and Wade talk of sacrifice with a wink in their eye.

It is apparently okay for LeBron’s children to live in Akron, be hated by his community and have his popularity tank. It just is not okay to have to play in Cleveland. I guess that sacrifice is too much to bear for Mr. Bosh and Mr. Wade. Would Wade not have been closer to home in Cleveland instead of Miami?

In Ohio folklore, LeBron is now the new Art Modell. Nobody need feel sorry for LeBron James, but LeBron need not be fooled either by his two “buddies” who gave up nothing and seek to gain everything from this partnership. LeBron cannot go comfortably home ever again, as Wade talks about winning the game and enjoying the wings they serve at the arena.

LeBron will be reviled in the place he once called home by his own decision. On the outside, he will put on a brave face and act like it is business and it does not bother him. Inside there is nothing a Cavalier fan can say to James that will make him feel worse than he already might. In the back of his mind, he will wonder if it was worth it.  For Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, it most certainly was.